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Ken Alford
Professor
School of Allied Health
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Ken Alford, PhD
Professor, Kinesiology
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Education

Ph D

1985, Kinesiology
University of Texas of Austin, Texas

BA

1976, Biology
University of Texas of Austin, Texas

Biographical Sketch

Dr. Ken Alford holds BA in Biology and PhD in Kinesiology from the University of Texas.  He completed post-doctoral research at the Brain Research Institute at UCLA funded by NASA to study the impact of microgravity on muscle function.  

Dr. Alford is currently a Professor of Kinesiology at ULM, Director of the Kinesiology Program, Coordinator of the Graduate Program in Kinesiology, and Director of the School of Health Professions.  He also holds the Chip Luffey Endowed Professorship in Kinesiology.

Research Interests

  • Motor behavior to include motor learning and motor control, particularly in complex environments
  • Biomechanics, particularly in athletic skills, hippotherapy, and variable environments
  • Neuropsychology of motor behavior, particularly related to perceptual flow

Recent Publications

Colvin, L. C., Alford, E. K., Kean, D. J., Anderson, J. F., McCown, W. (2013). Calculation of Torque Generated By A Swimmer's Arm During the Free-Style Swim Stroke (pp. 40). Monroe, Louisiana: ULM Press.
Alford, E. K. (2012). The Journal Impact Factor: Does it Devalue Applied Research in Physical Education, Recreation and Dance? (pp. 5/-55). Reston, VA: JOPERD.
W., K. D., W., W. J., Alford, E. K., D., O. G. (2010). A Biomechanical Analysis of Forearm Pronation and its Relationship to Ball Movement for the Two-Seam and Four-Seam Fastball Pitches (pp. 2366-2371). J. Strength Cond. Res..
Alford, E. K., P., v. D., J., A. P. (2008). Sports drinks, exercise training, and competition (pp. 202-208). Curr. Sports Med. Rep..
Alford, E. K. (1998). Test Yourself: Anatomy and Physiology (pp. 192). Chicago, Il: NTC Learning Works.
B., N. J., Alford, E. K. (1997). New York State Regents Exam: Biology (pp. 256). Riverside, New Jersey: Simon & Schuster.
C., V. A., M., D. D., L., L. L., L., C. S., R., R. R., Alford, E. K. (1988). Adaptation of bone and tendon to prolonged hindlimb suspension in rats (pp. 373-376). J. Appl. Physiol..
Alford, E. K., R., R. R., A., H. J., Reggie, E. V. (1987). Electromyography of rat soleus, medial gastrocnemius, and tibialis anterior during hind limb suspension (pp. 635-649). Exp. Neurology.
M., W. A., R., R. R., Alford, E. K., C., C. P., Reggie, E. V. (1987). Mechanical properties of rat skeletal muscles after hind limb suspension (pp. 650-660). Exp. Neurology.

Research Grants

Alford, E. K. (Principal), "Clinic and Research Center for Hippotherapy and Therapeutic Riding" (Pending Funding Decision), Sponsored By Internal proposal to ULM and Selected Donars, $. (October 15 2012 - Present).
Alford, E. K. (Supporting), "Shackleford Center for Excellent in Physical Education" (Pending Funding Decision), Sponsored By ULM, The University of Louisiana at Monroe, $. (October 20 2011 - Present).
Colvin, L. C. (Co-Principal), Alford, E. K. (Co-Principal), Kean, D. J. (Co-Principal), Anderson, J. F. (Co-Principal), McCown, W. (Co-Principal), Myers, C. (Co-Principal), Mackin, K. (Co-Principal), "Enhanced Athletic Performance and Decreased Exertional Pain Utilizing Electromagnetic Holographic Chip Technology: A Preliminary Investigation" (), Sponsored By Department of Kinesiology, The University of Louisiana at Monroe, $. (August 2012 - May 2013).
Colvin, L. C. (Co-Principal), Alford, E. K. (Co-Principal), Kean, D. J. (Co-Principal), Anderson, J. F. (Co-Principal), McCown, W. (Co-Principal), Myers, C. (Co-Principal), Mackin, K. (Co-Principal), "Enhanced Athletic Performance and Decreased Exertional Pain Utilizing Electromagnetic Holographic Chip Technology: A Preliminary Investigation" (), Sponsored By Department of Kinesiology, The University of Louisiana at Monroe, $. (August 2012 - May 2013).

Awards & Honors

August 2011 5th Year Distinguished Service.

May 1992 Coach of the Year.

May 1988 Teaching Faculty Award.

Courses Taught

EXSC 5001SPORT SOCIOLOGY, 5 course(s)

EXSC 5006PSYCHOLOGY MOTOR LEARNING, 7 course(s)

EXSC 5007RES METH IN EXERCISE SCIENCE, 7 course(s)

EXSC 5010EXER PRESCRIPTION & LEADERSHIP, 2 course(s)

EXSC 5027MEASUREMENT & EVALUATION, 6 course(s)

EXSC 5030ADV ANATOMICAL KINESIOLOGY, 3 course(s)

EXSC 5038CARDIOVASCULAR PHYSIOLOGY, 1 course(s)

EXSC 5039CARDIAC REHABILITATION, 1 course(s)

EXSC 5095PROF INTERNSHIP EXERCISE SCI, 11 course(s)

EXSC 5096SELECTED TOPICS, 10 course(s)

EXSC 5099THESIS, 16 course(s)

KINS 1001FITNESS RECREATIONAL ACTIVITY, 2 course(s)

KINS 2011INTRODUCTION TO KINESIOLOGY, 2 course(s)

KINS 2030PHYS ACTIV SKILLS I (IND/DUAL), 1 course(s)

KINS 3008FIT/SPORT FACILITY MGMT, 1 course(s)

KINS 3019INTRO TO MOTOR LEARNING, 9 course(s)

KINS 4032ANATOMICAL AND PHYSIOL KINS, 7 course(s)

KINS 4035Pract In Phy Ed (General), 1 course(s)