M. Stock P.hD, K. Harmon M.S. & R.Girts M.S.




  • The Society for NeuroSports will be soon hosting its very first annual conference in Florida (November 15th-16th 2019). 
  • The event will bring together some of the most prominent names in sports neuroscience, which is particularly exciting as this domain is a relatively uncharted territory.
  • The Society for NeuroSports is the only non-profit academic society dedicated to promoting the integration of neuroscience with exercise & sport science. NeuroSports, the cerebral sister organisation of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, is the world's leader in providing science-based sports neuroscience information.
  • We are all very thrilled to get the ball rolling on this exciting journey. After all, the complex interplay between brain, exercise and nutrition has played second fiddle to other areas of research for quite some time and only now begins to emerge as a fully fledged, independent category.

It is precisely for these reasons that periodically, KC-performance.com will be running a feature post highlighting the work of some of the most brilliant minds you will get to meet at the 1st Annual Society for NeuroSports Conference in Nov 15th-16th, 2019, Wyndham Deerfield Beach Resort! 


M. Stock P.hD.K. Harmon M.S. R.Girts M.S.

Use of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation to Study Adaptation within the Human Neuromuscular System: Lecture and Lab!

Dr Matt S. Stock

Dr. Matt S. Stock is an Associate Professor in the School of Kinesiology and Physical Therapy (Division of Physical Therapy) at the University of Central Florida (UCF). Dr. Stock is also the Director of the Neuromuscular Plasticity Laboratory and Co-Director of the Institute of Exercise Physiology and Rehabilitation Science. Kylie K. Harmon, M.S. and Ryan M. Girts, M.S. are both second year PhD students at UCF. Together, Dr. Stock, Kylie, and Ryan conduct original research in the UCF Neuromuscular Plasticity Laboratory using applied neuromuscular techniques such as TMS, motor unit analysis, electromyography, and nerve/muscle stimulation. The lab’s main emphasis area is to better understand neuromuscular adaptations associated with resistance training, aging, and disuse. You can learn more about the UCF Neuromuscular Plasticity Laboratory’s previous and ongoing work at http://ucfnpl.org.


Dr Stock will present alongside his PhD students, K. Harmon M.S. and R. Girts M.S. from UCF Neuromuscular Plasticity Lab

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is being increasingly relied upon by researchers to study the human neuromuscular system. While these developments are exciting and open the door for new scientific discovery, use of TMS presents several methodological nuances and technical challenges. As such, learning about TMS from reading the literature alone is very challenging. 

The purpose of this talk is to describe the basics of using TMS in research, with an emphasis on key terms and considerations for future work. The second half of the talk will allow for fun, hands-on demonstrations of TMS. The overall goal of this presentation is for attendees to feel more comfortable reading TMS studies found in the scientific literature.