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Mark Kattenbraker

Professor, Chair, CSCS

Welcome to the Kinesiology & Sports Studies Department at EIU! As you search our website for information about our programs, do not hesitate to send me an email if you have additional questions. 

A little about myself, I am originally from Chester, IL and I reside in Charleston, IL with my wife and two children. Prior to beginning college I served the U.S. Army for seven years; that experience was incredibly impactful. My expertise is exercise science and I work hard to live a lifestyle reflective of such a discipline. I am an avid outdoorsman and I value highly the significance of a quality, personalized education, which is exactly what you can expect in the Kinesiology & Sports Studies Department. 

Areas of Expertise

  • Exercise Physiology

Risk factor assessment Physiological adaptations to exercise Exercise prescription Fitness assessment


Ph.D. Health Education - Southern Illinois University Carbondale
M.S. Physical Education - Exercise Science, Eastern Illinois University
B.S. Physical Education - Exercise Science, Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Research Interests

Co-investigator: Primal Pictures Resistance Animations and Exercise Videos.  A collaborative effort with Dr. Jeff Willardson (EIU) and Dr. Eadric Bressel (Utah State).  Spring 2009. 

Co-investigator: Perfect Situp® equipment analysis.  Electromyography of abdominal muscles during traditional abdominal exercises and using the Perfect Situp. 

Co-investigator: Ab Circle® equipment analysis.  Electromyography of abdominal muscles during traditional abdominal exercises and using the Perfect Situp.

Contact Information

Phone: 217-581-2215

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