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EIU Department of Kinesiology and Sports Studies

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Dr. Mark S. Kattenbraker, Professor, Chair, CSCS

Office: 2506 - Lantz
Phone: 217-581-2215
Fax: 217-581-7973

Mark Kattenbraker's Vita

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. 

Frequently Taught Courses



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

Professional Organizations

Illinois Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance.
National Strength and Conditioning Association, Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist.


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 Ab Circle.

Selected Publications

Saccomani, M.G., Kattenbraker, M.S., Figueiredo, T., Simao, R. Lucia de Moraes, C., & Polito, M.D. (2014). Blood pressure and heart rate variability responses after isolated and combined sessions of aerobic and strength exercises with different orders. International Sportmed Journal.

Figueiredo, T., Menezes, P. Kattenbraker, M.S., Ploito, M.D. & Simao, R. (2013). Influence of exercise order on blood pressure and heart rate variability after a strength training session. The Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness, 3, 12-17.

Willardson, J.M., Behm, D. G., Huang, S. Y., Rehg, M.D., Kattenbraker, M.S., & Fontana, F.E.  (2010). A comparison of trunk muscle activation: Ab circle vs. traditional modalities. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 24, 3415-3421.

Willardson, J.M., Kattenbraker, M.S., Khairallah, M. & Fontana, F.E. (2009) Effect of load reductions over consecutive sets on repetition performance. Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research. 

Whipple, K., Kinney, J. & Kattenbraker, M. (2008). Maintenance of physical activity among faculty and staff in university settings. The Health Educator, 40(1), 21-28.

Selected Conference Presentations

Lecture - The Skinfold Technique for Body Composition Assessment, IAHEPRD State Convention, November 2016
Lecture - Refresh Your Exercise Physiology, IAHPERD State Convention, November 2014
Lecture - Blood Pressure: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, IAHPERD State Convention, November 2011
Lecture - Elements of a Successful Community-based Fitness Program, IAHPERD State Convention, November 2010
Lecture - Stress, Health and Fitness. IAHPERD State Convention, November 2009
Lecture - Cardiorespiratory Endurance: The Foundation of Physical Fitness, IAHPERD State Convention, November 2008
Frequent presenter - EIU Wholesome Professor Series & EIU Healthy Lifestyes Series

Funding & Grants

2015 Redden Fund Grant $900.
2014 Redden Fund Grant $1025.
2011 Redden Fund Grant $1232. 
2010 Redden Fund Grant $617.  
2009 Redden Fund Grant $380.
2008 Redden Fund Grant $350.


2013 President, Illinois Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.
Past Vice President - Adults, Illinois Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (IAHPERD)
Past President - Southeastern District of the Illinois Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (IAHPERD)

Kinesiology & Sports Department, Outstanding Teacher of the Year, 2010-2011

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Contact Information for Kinesiology and Sports Studies

Department of Kinesiology and Sports Studies

2506 Lantz Building
Charleston, IL
(217) 581-2215
Fax: (217) 581-7973

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