Mark DeBeliso

Professor of Kinesiology


Focuses on sports medicine and athletic performance and the physiological effects of exercise



Dr. Mark DeBeliso is the director of the Master of Sports Conditioning program and a professor of physical education at Southern Utah University. His research focuses on sports medicine and athletic performance, as well as the physiological effects of exercise.

With a firm belief that fruitful scholarly endeavors include faculty and students across multiple disciplines, 90 percent of his scholarly efforts over the last 15 months have included student participation and co-authorship. Dr. DeBeliso's scholarly writings (journal articles, book chapters, patents, and abstracts) have appeared in numerous engineering, exercise science, health, medical, psychology, sports medicine, and sport technology journals, and his peer-reviewed publications total more than 190. He has also traveled extensively presenting his research at more than 103 national and international conferences.

Dr. DeBeliso earned a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering from Utah State University and a Ph.D. in biomechanics from Oregon State University.

Industry Expertise

Sport - Amateur
Writing and Editing

Areas of Expertise

Sport Science Research
Common Injuries in Athletics
Stress Reduction for University Students
College Sports Medicine
Human Performance
Curriculum Development
Exercise Science
Sports Medicine
Sports Performance
Strength & Conditioning
Athletic Performance
Athletic Performance in Higher Education
Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches
Profiling Cardiovascular Risk
Sports Performance in Crossfit Athletes


Oregon State University



Utah State University


Mechanical Engineering


Distinguished Scholar/Creative Award

Southern Utah University, 2022.

Best Paper Award

International Journal of Science and Engineering Investigations, July 2022.

Best Paper Award

International Journal of Science and Engineering Investigations, May 2020.

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  • American College of Sports Medicine
  • International Journal of Exercise Science
  • Northwest Association of Biomedical Research
  • Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport
  • Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport
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Media Appearances

SUU Earns Recognition for Best Online Master's in Sports Conditioning & Performance

SUU University News  online


Southern Utah University continues to appear in university rankings, recently ranking twelfth in the U.S. for Best Online Master’s in Sports Medicine according to Online Masters. In the same listing, SUU also received an additional award for “Best in Hands-On Training”.

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Sports Conditioning and Performance #11 in Nation

SUU News  online


“When you consider the MSSCP program is nationally recognized for educational excellence as well as a top ten fiscal value, I think people would agree that our program has a unique brand and is a true stand out,” said Mark DeBeliso, director of the MSSCP.

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Research Grants

Research and Creative Activity Award

California State University Monterey Bay $6000

Metabolics of Lifting and Carrying Tasks

Wireless Education and Technology Center's Teaching and Learning with Mobile Technology Award

California State University Monterey Bay $5000

Body Monitoring: Physiological Data - Real World to the Classroom

Research Associateship

Boise State University $4500

The Effects of a Non-Linear Periodized Resistance Training Protocol on Strength Gains in Older Adults.

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Assessing Exercise Habits of Retired Division I NCAA Football Player

European Journal of Physical Education and Sport Science

McFalls, T., Maggio, P., & DeBeliso, M.

This study assessed the exercise habits among former NCAA Division I College football players. Methods: Former NCAA collegiate football players (n=56) from the USA completed two different questionnaires relevant to exercise habits. The Global Physical Activity Questionnaire GPAQ questionnaire was used to measure the time spent exercising once retired. The Exercise Benefits/Barriers Scale EB/BS questionnaire was used to determine the perception of exercise benefits and barriers.

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Establishing Normative Reference Values for the Utah Seated Medicine Ball Throw Protocol in Adolescents

The Sport Journal

Bigger, C., Larson, A., & DeBeliso, M.


The seated medicine ball throw (SMBT) is a field test intended to assess upper-body muscular power by measuring the maximal distance an individual can throw a medicine ball from an isolated, seated position. The SMBT has been used to assess upper-body power in various populations and to establish concurrent validity for other measures of upper-body power such as the bench press power test and the plyometric push-up. The SMBT is less costly and simpler to incorporate into a field test battery than other upper body power assessments. While the SMBT is a valid, reliable field test for upper-body power, normative reference standards for most populations, including adolescent physical education students, do not exist. Purpose: This study reports distances thrown in the SMBT to establish normative reference values in male and female physical education students, ages 12-15 years old.

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The Relationship Between Hand Grip Strength and Women’s Collegiate Division I Gymnastics Performance Scores

Turkish Journal of Kinesiology

Nipp, H., DeBeliso, M., & Lawrence, M.M.


Maximal isometric handgrip strength (HGS) is used as an indicator of overall muscular strength and has also been found to be predictive of certain athletic events sporting prowess. Women’s artistic gymnastics requires athletes have high levels of relative muscular strength and power to be successful. This study examined the relationship between HGS and gymnastics performance scores for the 4 events of vault, uneven bars, beam, and floor in female collegiate artistic gymnasts.

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PE 4030 Clinical Applications of Exercise Science

This course will address the theoretical basis for, and practical applications of, exercise testing and prescription for diseased and special populations. It will follow a lecture/lab format.

PE 4710 Evaluation in Physical Education

Designed to allow students to understand how to evaluate student progress in the schools. Also included: test construction, grading, frequency distribution, measures of central tendency and dispersion, and elementary probability.

PE 6000 Foundations of Sport Conditioning

This online course will cover the basic principles of physical conditioning and will prepare students for future courses in exercise program design. Physiological mechanisms and adaptations to training will also be addressed.

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