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Abigail Larson - Southern Utah University. Cedar City, UT, US

Abigail Larson Abigail Larson

Associate Professor of Kinesiology | Southern Utah University


Specializing in bioenergetics and sports nutrition, advanced exercise prescription, and cardiovascular disease


Dr. Abigail Larson is an associate professor of kinesiology at Southern Utah University.

Her passion for sports began early in her life. By the age of 16, she was already ski racing. Abigail raced for the Northern Michigan University Wildcats from 1997 - 2001 and was a four-time All-American. To help pay her way through graduate school, she raced the American Marathon Series circuit for the Subaru Factory Ski Team. She won the U.S. Cross Country Skiing National Championship in 2005. From 1999 - 2006 Larson participated in competitions all over the world and even competed with the 2006 U.S. Olympic Team in Torino, Italy.

Larson has authored and co-authored to 15 publications and over 40 articles about nutrition, sports, health, therapy, and exercise. Larson has also presented her research at 14 conferences on topics ranging from rock climbing to sports medicine. Her competitive sports history and passion for healthy lifestyles brought new and unique perspectives for her research and classroom.

Dr. Larson received a Master of Exercise Science from Northern Michigan University and a Doctorate of Exercise and Sports Science from the University of Utah. She is also a certified sports specialist dietitian, a certified strength and conditioning specialist and a registered dietitian.




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Industry Expertise (4)

Writing and Editing

Sport - Amateur


Sport - Professional

Areas of Expertise (10)

Sport Rock Climbing


Bioenergetics and Sports Nutrition

Advanced Exercise Prescription

Sports Conditioning


Olympic Weight Lifting

Sports Conditioning and Nutrition

Insulin Resistance

Cardiovascular Disease

Education (2)

University of Utah: Ph. D., Exercise and Sports Science

Northern Michigan University: M. Sc., Exercise Science

Media Appearances (1)

Congratulations to the 2018 Tenure Faculty

SUU Blog  online


Dr. Abigail Larson, Assistant Professor of Exercise Science holds a B.S. and M.S. from Northern Michigan University and a Ph.D. from University of Utah. Her competitive sports history and passion for healthy lifestyles brings new and unique perspectives to her research and classroom. She has been at Southern Utah University since 2012.

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Articles (6)

The Effects Of A Heavy Resistance Warm-up On Sprint Speed: A Post Activation Potentiation Study

Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise

Abigail Larson, Brent Springall, and Mark DeBeliso

2017 The purpose of this study was to determine the effects of a post activation potentiation (PAP) warm-up on sprint speed, with an emphasis on the role of specificity regarding the preparatory conditioning activity.

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Global, regional, and national incidence and mortality for HIV, tuberculosis, and malaria during 1990–2013: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease …

The Lancet

Murray, Christopher JL, et al.

2015 The Global Burden of Disease, Injuries, and Risk Factor study 2013 (GBD 2013) is the first of a series of annual updates of the GBD. Risk factor quantification, particularly of modifiable risk factors, can help to identify emerging threats to population health and opportunities for prevention. The GBD 2013 provides a timely opportunity to update the comparative risk assessment with new data for exposure, relative risks, and evidence on the appropriate counterfactual risk distribution...

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Global, regional, and national incidence and mortality for HIV, tuberculosis, and malaria during 1990–2013: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2013

The Lancet

Murray, Christopher JL, et al.

2014 The Millennium Declaration in 2000 brought special global attention to HIV, tuberculosis, and malaria through the formulation of Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 6. The Global Burden of Disease 2013 study provides a consistent and comprehensive approach to disease estimation for between 1990 and 2013, and an opportunity to assess whether accelerated progress has occured since the Millennium Declaration.

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Therapeutic Potential of Quercetin to Decrease Blood Pressure: Review of Efficacy and Mechanisms

Advances in Nutrition: An International Review Journal

Larson, Abigail J., J. David Symons, and Thunder Jalili

2012 Epidemiological studies beginning in the 1990s have reported that intake of quercetin, a polyphenolic flavonoid found in a wide variety of plant-based foods, such as apples, onions, berries, and red wine, is inversely related to cardiovascular disease. More recent work using hypertensive animals and humans (>140 mm Hg systolic and >90 mm Hg diastolic) indicates a decrease in blood pressure after quercetin supplementation. A number of proposed mechanisms may be responsible for the observed blood pressure decrease such as antioxidant effects, inhibition of angiotensin-converting enzyme activity, and improved endothelium-dependent and -independent function...

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Acute, quercetin-induced reductions in blood pressure in hypertensive individuals are not secondary to lower plasma angiotensin-converting enzyme activity or endothelin-1: nitric oxide

Nutrition Research

Larson, Abigail, et al.

2012 Quercetin (Q) reduces blood pressure (BP) in hypertensive individuals, but the mechanism is unknown.

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Quercetin: a treatment for hypertension?—a review of efficacy and mechanisms

Quercetin: A Treatment for Hypertension?—A Review of Efficacy and Mechanisms

Larson, Abigail J., J. David Symons, and Thunder Jalili

2010 Quercetin is a polyphenolic flavonoid. Common sources in the diet are apples, onions, berries, and red wine. Epidemiological studies have found an inverse relationship between dietary quercetin intake and cardiovascular disease...

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Courses (9)

PE 4010 Methods of Sports Conditioning and Nutrition

This course will introduce students to various physical conditioning methods utilized in sport training including plyometrics, Olympic weight lifting, speed/power training, and advanced exercise prescription.

PE 4015 Strength & Conditioning Methods Lab

Lab to accompany PE 4010 - Methods of Strength and Conditioning. This laboratory provides an opportunity to create, implement, and demonstrate strength and conditioning programs based on theories discussed in lecture.

PE 4020 Research Methods & Statistics Exercise Science

This course is an introduction to research and statistics in exercise science. Research ethics, basic research design, and statistics is discussed.

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.

PE 4035 Clinical Applications of Exercise Science Lab

This course will address the practical applications of exercise testing and prescription for diseased and special populations.

PE 6020 Special Topics & Issues

Special topics and issues in sport conditioning and performance.

PE 6070 Psychological Aspects of Sport Performance and Conditioning

This course addresses the latest advances in exercise and sport psychology including motivation, concentration, overcoming mental fatigue, and stress management for athletes.

PE 6100 Bioenergetics & Sports Nutrition

This course will emphasize understanding how macronutrients, vitamins, minerals and water are digested and absorbed for metabolism and/or anabolism and the role of diet in promoting optimal adaptation to training for recreational to elite athletes.

PE 6933 Thesis: MSC Sport Conditioning

Student develops and defends a Master's of Sports Conditioning/Performance Thesis.