Robert Huggins

Assistant Research Professor


Titles:

Assistant Research Professor, Department of Kinesiology

Vice President for Research, Korey Stringer Institute

Vice President of Athlete Performance and Safety, Korey Stringer Institute

Research Associate, Human Performance Laboratory

Academic Degrees:

Ph.D. University of Connecticut, 2014

M.Ed. University of Virginia, 2008

B.S. University of Connecticut, 2007

Areas of Expertise:

Performance monitoring

Fluid-electrolyte balance

Exertional Heat Stroke

Prevention of Sudden Death in Sport

Thermoregulation

Blood-biomarkers for performance

Training load monitoring via wearable technology

Hydration/Dehydration

Body Cooling

Injury prevention in team sport athletes

Body Temperature Assessment

Economic impact of Athletic Training services

Biography:

Dr. Huggins is currently the Vice President of Research and Athlete Performance & Safety at the Korey Stringer Institute. His is responsibilities include the supervision, management, and coordination of research initiatives currently conducted by KSI. Furthermore, Rob conducts performance testing on athletes who are looking to enhance their performance through the use of scientific insights. Rob has been a licensed Athletic Trainer since 2007 and has experience at mass medical events such as the Falmouth Road Race, Boston Marathon, and Marine Corps Marathon where he has treated more than 65 cases of exertional heat stroke. Prior to his role at KSI, he started the club sports Athletic Training Programs at both Sacred Heart University and the University of Connecticut.

Dr. Huggins focuses on two major areas of research, athlete health and safety and athlete performance. From a health and safety in sport perspective, his research has focused on improving Athletic Training services at the secondary school level, emergency best practices in youth athletes, and the economic impact of medical services rendered by Athletic Trainers. From an exercise science perspective, his research interests include heat illness and the assessment of physiological biomarkers, exercise stress, and training load on sport performance.

Dr. Huggins is the 2013 EATA Frank George Award winner and the 2013 NEACSM David Camaione Award winner. He has spoken at national conferences including the NATA and ACSM meetings and the 2016 Boston Athletic Association medical meeting. He served as co-chair of the 2016 Youth Sports Safety Governing Bodies Meeting and member of the organizing committee and speaker for the 2016 Collaborative Solutions for Safety in Sport Meeting. He has been an author on ~20 publications including the 2013 “Inter-Association Task Force for Preventing Sudden Death in Secondary School Athletics Programs: Best Practices Recommendations.” He has also co-authored two chapters in “Quick Questions in Heat-Related Illness and Hydration” Recently Dr. Huggins has studied elite soccer athletes, collegiate soccer players, professional football players, cyclists, and ultra-marathoners. Rob has been married to his high school sweet heart Christina for 7 years and they have 2 boys; Landon (3) and Weston (9months).

Selected Funded Research:

2017- Co-principal investigator, NCAA, a multi-site study investigating the influence of match congestion of injury rates perception of mood, motivation, stress, fatigue, and sleep in collegiate men’s and women’s soccer players.

2017- Co-principal investigator, NATA, Athletic Training Locations and Services Project

2016- Co-principal investigator, NCAA, a pilot study investigating the influence of match congestion of injury rates perception of mood, motivation, stress, fatigue, and sleep in collegiate men’s soccer players.

2016- Co-principal investigator, Polar, study to investigate the validity of GPS devices during team sport

2016- Project coordinator, National Football League, Health and Safety, research aimed to improve health and safety on a national scale as well as examine medical coverage that has occurred at the secondary school level.

2015- Grant Recipient, NATA, a project aimed at determining the cost-savings of the athletic trainer from the insurance perspective

 

Selected Publications: 

Adams EL, Casa DJ, Huggins RA, DeMartini JK, Stearns RL, Kennedy RM, DiStefano LJ, Armstrong LE, Maresh CM. Heat exposure and hypohydration exacerbate physiological strain during load carrying. J Strength Cond Res. 2017 Feb 1. doi: 10.1519/JSC.0000000000001831. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28166185

Adams WM, Hosokawa Y, Belval LN, Huggins RA, Stearns RL, Casa DJ. Deviation from goal pace, body temperature and body mass loss as predictors of road race performance. J Sci Med Sport. 2017 Mar;20(3):302-306. doi: 10.1016/j.jsams.2016.07.009. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/labs/articles/27720128/

Huggins RA, Scarneo SE, Casa DJ, Belval LN, Carr KS, Chiampas G, Clayton M, Curtis RM, Duffy A.J., Flury A, Gammons M, Hosokawa Y, Jardine JF, LaBella CR, Oats R, Ransone JW, Sailor S, Scott K, Stearns RL, Vandermark LW, Weston T. The Inter-Association Task Force Document on Emergency Health and Safety: Best-Practice Recommendations for Youth Sports Leagues. J Athl Train.; 2017 Apr;52(4):384-400. doi: 10.4085/1062-6050-52.2.02. Epub 2017 Mar 7. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28430552

Hosokawa Y, Casa DJ, Rosenberg H, Capacchione JF, Sagui E, Riazi S, Belval LN, Deuster PA, Jardine JF, Kavouras SA, Lee EC, Miller KC, Muldoon SM, O’Connor FG, Sailor SR, Sambuughin N, Stearns RL, Adams WM, Huggins RA, Vandermark LW. Round Table on Malignant Hyperthermia in Physically Active Populations: Meeting Proceedings. J Athl Train. 2017; 52(4):377-383 doi: 10.4085/1062-6050-52.2.06. Epub 2017 Mar 7. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28430550

Adams EL, Vandermark LW, Pryor JL, Pryor RR, VanScoy RM, Denegar CR, Huggins RA, Casa DJ. Effects of heat acclimation on hand cooling efficacy following exercise in the heat. J Sport Sci; 2017;35(9):828-834. doi:10.1080/02640414.2016. 1192671. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/02640414.2016.1192671

Adams WM, Hosokawa Y, Adams EL, Belval LN, Huggins RA, Casa DJ. Reduction in body temperature using hand cooling versus passive rest after exercise in the heat. J Sci Med Sport. 2016;19(11):936-940. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27012727

Kunces LJ, Johnson EC, Munoz CX, Hydren JR, Huggins RA, Judelson DA, Ganio MS, Vingren JL, Kupchak BR, Volek JS, Armstrong LE. Observed Dietary Practices of Recreational Ultra Endurance Cyclists in the Heat. J Strength Cond Res. 2016 Jun;30(6):1607-12. doi: 10.1519/JSC.0000000000001248. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26492102

Adams WA, Hosokawa Y, Huggins RA, Mazerolle SM, Casa DJ. An Exertional Heat Stroke Survivor’s Return to Running: An Integrated Approach on the Treatment, Recovery, and Return-to-Activity. J Sport Rehabil. 2016 Aug;25(3):280-7. doi: 10-1123/jsr.2015-0006. Epub 2015 Oct 12. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26458109

Armstrong LE, Johnson EC, Kunces LJ, Ganio MS, Judelson DA, Kupchak BR, Vingren JL, Munoz CX, Huggins RA, Hydren JR, Moyen NE, Williamson KH. Drinking to Thirst versus Drinking ad libitum During Ultra-endurance Road Cycling. J Athl Train. 2014;49(5):624-31. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25098657

Adams WM, Mazerolle SM, Casa DJ, Huggins RA, Burton LJ. The secondary school football coach’s relationship with the athletic trainer and their perspectives on exertional heat stroke. J Athl Train. 2014;49(4):469-77. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24933433

Adams WM, Ferraro EM, Huggins RA, Casa DJ. The influence of body mass loss on changes in heart rate during exercise in the heat: a systematic review. JSCR. 2014; 28(8):2380-9. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24736771

Pryor RR, Huggins RA, Casa DJ. Best Practice Recommendations for Prevention of Sudden Death in Secondary School Athletes: An Update. Pediatric Exercise Science. 2014 May;26(2):124-6. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24722966

Pryor L, Huggins RA, Palmieri J, Casa DJ. Physical Profile of National Football League Super BowlChampions. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Res. 2014: 28(1) pgs 7-13. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/labs/articles/24343330/

Pryor R, Stearns R, Casa DJ, Adams W, Belval L, DeMartini JK, Huggins RA, Vandermark LW. Maximizing Performance in the Heat. Strength & Cond J: 2013 Dec; 35(6): 24–33 doi:10.1519/SSC.0000000000000016. http://journals.lww.com/nsca-scj/Abstract/2013/12000/Maximizing_Athletic_Performance_in_the_Heat.5.aspx

Casa DJ, Almquist J, Anderson SA, Baker L, Bergeron MF, Biagioli B, Boden B; Brenner J, Carroll M, Colgate B; Cooper L, Courson R, Csillan D, DeMartini J, Drezner JA, Erickson T, Ferrara M, Fleck S, Franks R, Guskiewicz K, Holcomb B, Huggins RA, Lopez RM, Mayer T, McHenry P, Mihalik JP, O’Connor F, Pagnotta K, Pryor R, Reynolds J, Stearns RL, Valentine V. The Inter-Association Task Force for Preventing Sudden Death in Secondary School Athletics Programs: Best Practices Recommendations. J Athl Train. 2013 Jul-Aug; 48(4): 546–553. doi: 10.4085/1062-6050-48.4.12. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3718357/

Munoz CX, Johnson EC, DeMartini JK, Huggins RA, McKenzie AL, Casa DJ, Maresh CM, Armstrong   LE. Assessment of hydration biomarkers including salivary osmolality during passive and active dehydration. Eur J Clin Nutr. 2013 Dec;67(12):1257-63. doi: 10.1038/ejcn.2013.195. Epub 2013 Oct 16. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24129362 

DiStefano LJ, Casa DJ, VanSumeren MM, Karslo RL, Huggins RA, DeMartini JK, Stearns RL, Armstrong LE, Maresh CM. Hypohydration and hyperthermia impair neuromuscular control after exercise. Med Sci Sport Exerc 2013 Jun;45(6):1166-73. doi: 10.1249/MSS.0b013e3182805b83. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23274594

Casa DJ, Armstrong LE, Kenny GP, O’Conner FG, Huggins RA. Exertional heat stroke: new concepts regarding cause and care. Curr Sports Med Rep. 2012 May-Jun;11(3):115-23. doi: 10.1249/JSR.0b013e31825615cc. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22580488

Huggins RA, Glaviano N, Hertel J, Casa DJ. Comparison of Core Body Temperature as Assessed by Rectal and Aural Thermometry in Hyperthermic, Exercising Individuals: A Meta-Analysis. J Athl Train. 2012 May-Jun; 47(3): 329–338. doi: 10.4085/1062-6050-47.3.09 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3392164/

Becker SM, Casa DJ, Brown CM, Yeargin SW, Ganio MS, Roti MW, Boots LM, Huggins RA, Armstrong LE, Maresh CM. Validity Of Devices That Assess Body Temperature During Outdoor Exercise In The Heat. J Athl Train. 2007 Jul-Sep; 42(3): 333–342. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1978469/

 

Honors/Awards:

New England ACSM David Cameione Doctoral Scholarship (2013)

NATA Life Saver Recognition Award (2013)

Douglas J. Casa Athletic Training Research Award (2013)

Eastern Athletic Trainers’ Association Francis J. George Scholarship Award (2013)

NATA Research and Education Foundation Chuck Kramer Scholarship (2012)

University of Connecticut Stephanie Mazerolle ATEP Outstanding Service Award (2012)

Outstanding Contribution Award: Sacred Heart Student Athletic Training Organization (2010)

University of Connecticut Hans Hercule Award for scholarship in undergraduate Athletic Training (2007)

 

Community Service:

Falmouth Road Race Medical Tent Volunteer: (2012-2014, 2017)

Boston Marathon Medical Tent Volunteer: (2007, 2011, 2014-present)

Marine Corps Marathon Medical Tent Volunteer (2010-2015, 2017)

Successfully treated 65 cases of Exertional Heat Stroke.

 

Associations/Committees/Outreach:

National Athletic Trainers’ Association https://www.nata.org/

American College of Sports Medicine http://www.acsm.org/

U.S. Soccer Sports Medicine Advisory Committee https://www.ussoccer.com/about/governance/committees/sports-medicine-research-education-and-advisory-committee

 

Selected Media Links:

“The Inter-Association Task Force Document on Emergency Health and Safety: Best Practice Recommendations for Youth Sports Leagues Released at Either Youth Sports Safety Summit” http://www.athleticbusiness.com/industry-press-room/the-inter-association-task-force-document-on-emergency-health-and-safety-best-practice-recommendations-for-youth-sports-leagues-released-at-eighth-youth-sports-safety-summit.html

“Emergency Health and Safety: Best Practice Recommendations for Youth Sports Leagues Released at Summit and Published in Journal of Athletic Training” http://www.nata.org/press-release/030717/emergency-health-and-safety-best-practice-recommendations-youth-sports-leagues March 7, 2017

“Are your kids safe in their sport? Task force recommends new protections” USA TODAY HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS. March 7, 2017 http://usatodayhss.com/2017/youth-sports-safety-summit-nata-youth-sports-safety-emergency-conditions

“The best strategies to keep bodies cool in a heatwave, according to researchers.” The Guardian. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/climate-consensus-97-per-cent/2016/jul/21/the-best-strategies-to-keep-bodies-cool-in-a-heatwave-according-to-researchers Sept 2016

“Everything you need to know about preventing heat stroke this summer” NY Post. Aug 16, 2016 http://nypost.com/2016/08/16/everything-you-need-to-know-about-preventing-heat-stroke-this-summer/

WILI 14000AM Radio Willimantic, Topic: Hydration Needs During Exercise and Improving Heat Safety In Schools, May 31 2016. http://www.wili-am.com/wp_bows.htm

Health.com The Amount of Water You Actually Need Per Day, Sept 20, 2015 http://abcnews.go.com/Health/amount-water-day/story?id=33868585

Morgan football player dies of heat stroke autopsy shows? Baltimore Sun. Aug. 25, 2014. http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2014-08-25/news/bs-md-ci-morgan-football-death-20140825_1_benita-meadow-marquese-meadow-heat-stroke/2

 

 

 

Contact Information
Emailrobert.huggins@uconn.edu
Phone+1 860 486 6711
Mailing AddressUnit 1110