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Caio Sousa - Loyola Marymount University. Los Angeles, CA, US

Caio Sousa

Assistant Professor of Health and Human Sciences | Loyola Marymount University


Seaver College of Science and Engineering


Phone: (310) 258-4684
Email: CaioVictor.de.SousaSilva@lmu.edu
Office: FEA 185

Assistant Professor of Health and Human Sciences, Eduardo Fontes joined the LMU community in 2022. He has established an academic and professional trajectory within the field of exercise physiology and sports science.

His passion for sports led him to earn a B.S. in Physical Education from the University Center of Brasilia, Brazil. Subsequently, he completed his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Physical Education/Exercise Science at the Catholic University of Brasilia, Brazil. There, he conducted research on metabolic responses to resistance exercise on people with type 2 diabetes. Then, another major project investigating the biological markers of aging in master athletes and non-athletic populations. During a year-long research experience at the Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami, Florida, he studied the role of a community-based exercise program on depression scores in people living with HIV.

Next, Dr. Sousa joined the Health Technology Lab at Northeastern University, Boston, as Post-doctorate Research Associate. There, he applied his exercise science expertise investigating the effect of active video games and virtual reality software on physical activity and other health-related parameters. In addition, Dr. Sousa also has an extensive research contribution to the field of endurance sports, exploring publicly available data to investigate performance trends and impact of demographics on marathons, triathlons, open-water swimming, and other endurance events.

As an instructor of record for Maua Institute of Research and Education (Brazil), Northeastern University, and Loyola Marymount University, he actively engaged with students through different exercise and health sciences courses and mentored many students. During this time, he has taught many different courses through the field of Health and Human Sciences, including Anatomy and Physiology, Exercise Physiology, Research Methods, Athletic Training, Physiology of Aging, and others.

Most recently, he is interested in investigating the effect of discrimination and socio economical parameters on autonomic and cardiovascular reactivity to stress. Throughout his career, he has published more than 100 peer-reviewed publications and accumulated over 1,600 citations.

Education (3)

Catholic University of Brasilia: Masters, Physical Education / Exercise Physiology 2016

Catholic University of Brasilia: Doctorate, Physical Education / Exercise Physiology 2019

University of Miami: Doctorate, Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine 2019

Areas of Expertise (6)

Exercise Sciences

Aerobic Exercise

Aging and Chronic Disease

Exercise Physiology

Endurance Sports

Exercise and Aging

Languages (2)

  • English
  • Portuguese

Articles (20)

Biophysical characterization of the first ultra-cyclist in the world to break the 1,000 km barrier in 24-h non-stop road cycling: A case report

Frontiers in Cardiovascular Medicine

Knechtle B, Forte P, Weiss K,Cuk I, Nikolaidis PT, Sousa CV, Andrade MS, Thuany M


doi: 10.3389/fcvm.2022.990382

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What is the best discipline to predict overall triathlon performance? An analysis of Sprint, Olympic, 70.3 and 140.6 Ironman®.

Frontiers in Physiology

Sousa CV, Aguiar SS, Olher RR, Cunha RR, Nikolaidis PT, Villiger E, Rosemann T, Knechtle B.


doi: 10.3389/fphys.2021

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Active video games in fully immersive virtual reality elicit moderate-to-vigorous physical activity and improve cognitive performance in sedentary college students

Journal of Sport and Health Science

Sousa CV, Hwang J, Cabrera-Perez R, Fernandez A, Misawa A, Newhook K, Lu AS


doi: 10.1016/j.jshs.2021.05.002

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Rapid component of excess post-exercise oxygen consumption of children of different weight status after playing active video games

BMC Pediatrics

Sousa CV, Hwang J, Simoes HG, Jin Sun K, Lu AS


doi: 10.1186/s12887-021-02528-z

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Master athletes have longer telomeres than age-matched non-athletes. A systematic review, meta-analysis and discussion of possible mechanisms.

Experimental Gerontology

Aguiar SS, Sousa CV, Santos PA, Barbosa LP, Maciel LA, Coelho-Júnior HJ, Motta-Santos D, Rosa TS, Degens H, Simões HG.


doi: 10.1016/j.exger.2020.111212

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Cut-Off Values in the Prediction of Success in Olympic Distance Triathlon.

International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health

Gadelha AB, Sousa CV, Sales MM, dos Santos Rosa T, Flothmann M, Barbosa LP, Aguiar SS, Olher RR, Villiger E, Nikolaidis PT, Rosemann T, Knechtle B.


doi: 10.3390/ijerph17249491

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Pacing strategy of a wheelchair athlete in a 5x and 10x Ironman ultra triathlon: a case study.

Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology

Sousa CV, Nikolaidis PT, Andrade MS, Vancini RL, Andre Barbosa de Lira C, Puccinelli PJG, Knechtle B.


doi: 10.1080/17483107.2020.1807620

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Breaking the athletics world record in the 100 and 400 meters: an alternative method for assessment.

The Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness

Santos PA, Sousa CV, Barbosa LP, Aguiar SS, Sales MM, Simões HG, Nikolaidis PT, Knechtle B.


doi: 10.23736/S0022-4707.20.10753-9

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Sprint and endurance training in relation to redox balance, inflammatory status and biomarkers of aging in master athletes.

Nitric Oxide

Rosa TS, Neves RP, Sousa CV, Aguiar SS, Souza M, Moraes MR, Rosa ECCC, Andrade RV, Korhonen MT, Simoes HG.


doi: 10.1016/j.niox.2020.05.004

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Self-Selected Pacing During a World Record Attempt in 40 Ironman-Distance Triathlons in 40 Days

International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health

Sousa CV, Pereira RW, Rosemann T, Nikolaidis PT, Knechtle B.


doi: 10.3390/ijerph17072390

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The Effect of Narrative on Physical Activity via Immersion During Active Video Game Play in Children: Mediation Analysis

Journal of Medical Internet Research

Sousa CV, Fernandez A, Hwang J, Lu AS.


doi: 10.2196/17994

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Longitudinal performance analysis in ultra-triathlon in the world's two best triathletes

International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance

Sousa CV, Nikolaidis PT, Knechtle B.


doi: 10.1123/ijspp.2019-0805

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Pacing and Performance Analysis of the World’s Fastest Female Ultra-Triathlete in 5x and 10x Ironman

International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health

Sousa CV, Nikolaidis PT, Clemente-Suarez VJ, Rosemann T, Knechtle B.


doi: 10.3390/ijerph17051543

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The effectiveness of a community-based exercise program on depression symptoms among people living with HIV.


Sousa CV, Lewis JE, Simoes HG, Campbell CSG, Zaldivar S, Rodrigues A, Woolger J, Konefal J, Tiozzo E.


doi: 10.1080/09540121.2020.1719278

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Faster and Healthier: Relationship between Telomere and Performance in Master Athletes

International Journal of Sports Medicine

Sousa CV, Aguiar SS, Deus LA, Barbosa LP, Santos PA, Neves RVP, Maciel LA, Moraes MR, Moreira SR, Campbell CSG, Andrade RV, Rosa TS, Simoes HG


doi: 10.1055/a-1088-5279

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Oxidative stress, inflammatory cytokines and body composition of master athletes: The interplay.

Experimental Gerontology

Aguiar SS, Sousa CV, Deus LA, Rosa TS, Sales MM, Neves RV, Barbosa LP, Santos PA, Campbell CS, Simões HG.


doi: 10.1016/j.exger.2019.110806

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Ultra‐triathlon—Pacing, performance trends, the role of nationality, and sex differences in finishers and non‐finishers

Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports

Sousa CV, Nikolaidis PT, Knechtle B.


doi: 10.1111/sms.13598

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Isometric Exercise Improves Redox Balance and Blood Pressure in Hypertensive Adults

Medicine Science in Sports and Exercise

Olher RR, Rosa TS, Souza LH, Oliveira JF, Soares BR, Ribeiro TB, Souza IR, Neves RV, Sousa CV, Deus LA, Marchetti PH.


doi: 10.1249/MSS.0000000000002223

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Influence of Body Fat on Oxidative Stress and Telomere Length of Master Athletes

Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research

Aguiar SS, Rosa TS, Sousa CV, Santos PA, Barbosa LP, Deus, LA, Rosa EC, Andrade RV, Simoes HG


doi: 10.1519/JSC.0000000000002932

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Human Development Index and the frequency of nations in Athletics World Rankings

Sport Sciences for Health

Santos PA, Sousa CV, da Silva Aguiar S, Knechtle B, Nikolaidis PT, Sales MM, dos Santos Rosa T, de Deus LA, Campbell CS, de Sousa HG, Barbosa LD.


doi: 10.1007/s11332-019-00529-1

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