Kenneth E Sparks (Ken), PhD
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 Title: Associate Professor
 Dept: Health and Human Performance
 Office: PE B60
 Phone: 216-687-4831
 Fax: 216-687-5410
 Email: K.SPARKS@csuohio.edu
 Address: 2121 Euclid Ave. PE B60, Cleveland, OH 44115

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Research Keywords:
Treatment of cardiovascular disease, Patient Outcomes, Sports performance, Fitness, Wellness
 
Education:
Ph.D., Exercise Physiology, Indiana University, 1975
M.A., Physical Education/Biology, Ball State University, 1970
B.S., Physical Education/Biology, Ball State University, 1967
 
Brief Bio:
Dr. Sparks is Director of the Human Performance Laboratory at Cleveland State University.  He also directs the faculty staff Fitness for life program on campus and have been the Project Administrator for the National Youth Sports Program.

His areas of research include: 1. The treatment of cardiovascular disease.  I have published several studies regarding the delivery and effectiveness of transtelephonic monitoring of cardiac patients during rehabilitation.  He was a member of the committee appointed by the American Association for Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation, for writing the Position Stand for telemedicine use in cardiac rehabilitation programs.  2.  He has developed computerized programs for monitoring cardiac rehabilitation patients and their outcomes.  This program monitors progress in clinical and behavioral areas during rehabilitation.  Over 500 hospitals nationwide use this program. His passion has always been running, and he has written two books on training and fitness for runners.
 
Creative and Activities:
Dr. Sparks works with various Research and Development groups in the community for development of products used in the rehabilitation and exercise industry. He is currently working with Orbital Research Inc. in developing a garment capable of monitoring physiological functions of astronauts during space travel for NASA. He ism also working with the ScottCare Corporation with counter pulsation in the treatment of athletic injuries.
 
Research Interests:
1.  Study of cardiovascular disease
    a. Prevention
    b. Rehabilitation
    c. Risk factors involved in development of cardiovascular disease

2.  Telemedicine
    a. Utilization of transtelephonic monitoring of cardiopulmonary patients

3.  Patient outcomes
    a. Individual patient outcomes
    b. Group outcomes
 
Teaching Areas:
Biomechanics
Physiology of Exercise
Laboratory Techniques of Physiology
Mechanical Analysis of Human Movement
Metabolic Adaptation to Stress
Ergonomics
Prevention and Rehabilitation of Cardiovascular Disease
Study and Nature of Disease
Human Performance II
Physiology of Aging
 
Professional Affiliations:
American College of Sports Medicine

American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance

American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Midwest Chapter of American College of Sports Medicine
 
Professional Experience:
1993 - present Cleveland State University
Dept. of Health, Physical Education,Recreation, and Dance
Associate Professor

1990 - 1993 Cleveland State University
Dept. of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance
Assistant Professor

1985 - 1990 Saint Vincent Charity Hospital and Health Center, Cleveland, OH
Director of Clinical Program Development

1983 - 1985 Saint Vincent Charity Hospital and Health Center, Cleveland, OH
Director of Rehabilitation Care

1980 - 1983 Olympia Fitness Center, Solon, OH
Director

1975 - 1979 University of Colorado, Boulder, CO
Assistant Professor

1974 - 1975 Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
Lectureship

1973 - 1974 Ball State University, Muncie, IN
Instructor and Research Associate

1967 - 1969 Storer Junior High School, Muncie, IN
Biology Teacher
 
University Service:
University Committee on Athletics, 2003-2005

University Faculty Senate Steering Committee, 2005-2006

University Faculty Senate, 2002-present

Undergraduate Petitions Committee, College of Education 1998-Present

Chairman Search Committee for Professor in Exercise Science, HPERD 1999.

Search Committee member for Professor in Health Education, HPERD 1999.

Chairman Search Committee for Visiting Professor in Sports Management, HPERD 1998

Search Committee member for Associate Dean of Student/Alumni Affairs and External Relations. 1997.

Search Committee member for Wellness Director, Student Life, 1996.

University Faculty Professional Leave Advisory Committee 1998-2000

University Committee on Athletics, 1996 -1998

Peer Review Committee, College of Education 1995-1998.

PAC, College of Education, 1994

University Faculty Senate, 1992-1994.

Undergraduate Affairs Committee, College of Education,  1991-1993

Departmental Undergraduate Curriculum Committee 1990 -1996
 
Professional Service:
Orbital Research Inc. Cleveland, Ohio
Development of Dry electrode technology, 2004-present

Mayfield Publishing, Textbook Review, 2003

Scott Fetzer Company, Cleveland, OH, 1988 - present.

Mayfield Publishing, Textbook Review, 2001

ScottCare Corporation, Cleveland, Ohio
Development of Patient outcomes software, 1998

Allyn & Bacon Publishing Company, Boston,
Textbook Review, 1997

Williams & Wilkins Publishing Company, Baltimore, MA
Exercise Physiology Lab Manual Review, 1995.

Rodal Press Publishing Company, Emmaus, PA
Book Review, 1993

Lea & Febiger Publishing Company, Malvern, PA
Textbook Review, 1992

Mosby Publishing Company, St. Louis, MO
Textbook Review, 1992.
 
Community Service:
Advisory Board, WellCorp, Cleveland Ohio

Consultant, Orbital Research Inc., Cleveland, Ohio

Consultant, ScottCare Corp, Cleveland, Ohio

Member of Planning Committee, Northern Ohio Chapter of Leukemia Society, 1996-2000

Coach for Team in Training, Northern Ohio Chapter of Leukemia Society, 1996-2000

Affiliate member of Medical Staff, St. Vincent Charity Hospital, 1985-1990
 
Research Grants:
ScottCare Corp. Effect of Counterpulsation on Delayed onset of Muscle Soreness, 2007
$10,000

National Youth Sports Program, Funded by NCAA, 2005
$97,000

Cleveland State University Healthy Campus 2004 Reducing Student Health Risks, Funded by Cleveland Management and Administrative Staff Collaborative  Grant Program, 2004
$5,260

National Youth Sports Program, Funded by NCAA, 2004
$90,500

National Youth Sports Program, Funded by NCAA, 2003
$89,500

National Youth Sports Program, Funded by NCAA, 2002
$80,000

Cleveland Diocese, Summer Lunch Program for NYSP, 2002
$20,000.

National Youth Sports Program, Funded by NCAA, 2001
$58,629.79

Department of Agriculture, Supplemental funding for NYSP, 2001
$16,111.75

Saint Anne Foundation, 2001
$3,000

Saint Lukes Foundation, 2001
$5000

Trinity Cathedral, 2001
$500

Minority Affairs Cleveland State University, 2001
$500

National Youth Sports Program, Funded by NCAA, 2000
$53,000

Department of Agriculture, Supplemental funding for NYSP, 2000
$13,000

Sisters of Charity, Supplemental funding for NYSP, 2000
$3,000

Equipment for Fit for Life Program, Funded by Continuing Education, Cleveland
State University,1999
$4000.00

Manuscript Preparation Grant, Funded by Allyn & Bacon, 1997.
$5000.00

Research Grant Transtelephonic Monitoring, Funded by Scott Care Corp., 1997.
1000.00

Research Grant Transtelephonic Monitoring of Cardiopulmonary Patients, funded by Scott Care Corp., 1996.
$1000.00

Research Grant Transtelephonic Utilization, Funded by Scott Care Corp., 1995.
$1000.00

Exercise Physiology Laboratory Equipment Grant, funded by Scott Fetzer Company, 1994 $2800.00

Exercise Physiology Laboratory Equipment Grant, funded by Scott Fetzer Company, 1993. $6000.00

Development of Data Base of Hospitals Using transtelephonic Exercise Monitoring, funded by Scott Fetzer Company 1992.
$6000.00

Exercise Physiology Laboratory Equipment Grant, funded by Scott Fetzer Company, 1991.  $9,000.00

Changes in Blood-Pressure Associated with Weight Management of Obese Persons, funded by Cleveland Research Institute, 1989.
$10,000.00

Comparisons of In-home vs. Hospital-based Cardiac Rehabilitation Program, funded by Scott Fetzer Company, 1989.
$40,000.00