• I am actively involved in developing and implementing novel clinically feasible methods to address the problem of aging-associated osteoporosis, osteoporosis-related fractures and sarcopenia in various populations with low exercise tolerance. As a musculoskeletal scientist, my previous work has led to understanding of the functional and structural characteristics of musculoskeletal system in different types of population such as older adults with osteoporosis, individuals with spinal cord injury, youth and adults with obesity, and children with cerebral palsy. My current research is focused on utilizing muscle phasic contractions to induce mechanical load in a novel way to help address neuromusculoskeletal deficits in various clinical populations.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

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    2020 Greater Visceral Fat but No Difference in Measures of Total Body Fat in Ambulatory Children With Spastic Cerebral Palsy Compared to Typically Developing Children.Journal of Clinical Densitometry.  23:459-464. 2020
    2020 Are screening by yoga instructors and their practice patterns important to prevent injuries in yoga clients?Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice.  40. 2020
    2020 Fat Mass Is Negatively Associated with Muscle Strength and Jump Test Performance 2020
    2019 Bone-loading physical activity and alcohol intake but not bmi affect areal bone mineral density in young college-aged korean women: A cross-sectional studyInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.  16. 2019
    2019 Combined Aerobic and Resistance Training Increases Stretch- Shortening Cycle Potentiation and Walking Economy in Postmenopausal WomenFrontiers in Physiology.  10. 2019
    2019 Statistical Models to Assess Leg Muscle Mass in Ambulatory Children With Spastic Cerebral Palsy Using Dual-Energy X-Ray AbsorptiometryJournal of Clinical Densitometry.  22:391-400. 2019
    2019 Hormonal responses to taekwondo fighting simulation versus conventional resistance exercise in young elite taekwondo athletesArchives of Budo.  15:75-82. 2019
    2019 Sarcopenia and Its Implications for Metabolic HealthJournal of Obesity.  2019. 2019
    2018 Inverse relationship between changes of maximal aerobic capacity and changes in walking economy after weight lossEuropean Journal of Applied Physiology.  118:1573-1578. 2018
    2018 Interaction of factors affecting vibration transmission to skeleton during standing: A narrative reviewInternational Journal of Applied Sports Sciences.  30. 2018
    2018 Role of Yoga in Osteoporosis RehabilitationJournal of Yoga and Physiotherapy.  4. 2018
    2017 Obese Versus Normal-Weight Late-Adolescent Females have Inferior Trabecular Bone Microarchitecture: A Pilot Case-Control Study.Calcified Tissue International.  101:479-488. 2017
    2017 Relationship Between Head-Turn Gait Speed and Lateral Balance Function in Community-Dwelling Older AdultsArchives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.  98:1955-1961. 2017
    2017 Relationship between muscle performance and DXA-derived bone parameters in community-dwelling older adults.The Journal of Musculoskeletal and Neuronal Interactions.  17:50-58. 2017
    2017 Cortical bone deficit and fat infiltration of bone marrow and skeletal muscle in ambulatory children with mild spastic cerebral palsy.BONE.  94:90-97. 2017
    2016 Musculoskeletal Effects of 2 Functional Electrical Stimulation Cycling Paradigms Conducted at Different Cadences for People With Spinal Cord Injury: A Pilot Study.Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.  97:1413-1422. 2016
    2016 Comparative Effects of Vigorous-Intensity and Low-Intensity Blood Flow Restricted Cycle Training and Detraining on Muscle Mass, Strength, and Aerobic Capacity.Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research.  30:1453-1461. 2016
    2016 Site-Specific Transmission of a Floor-Based, High-Frequency, Low-Magnitude Vibration Stimulus in Children With Spastic Cerebral Palsy.Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.  97:218-223. 2016
    2015 Underdevelopment of trabecular bone microarchitecture in the distal femur of nonambulatory children with cerebral palsy becomes more pronounced with distance from the growth plate.Osteoporosis International.  26:505-512. 2015
    2014 Jump Test Performance and Sarcopenia Status in Men and Women, 55 to 75 Years of AgeJournal Geriatric Physical Therapy.  37:76-82. 2014
    2013 Acute Bone Marker Responses to Whole-Body Vibration and Resistance Exercise in Young WomenJournal of Clinical Densitometry.  16:104-109. 2013
    2011 Effects of 12 weeks of combined exercise training on visfatin and metabolic syndrome factors in obese middle-aged womenJournal of Sports Science and Medicine.  10:222-226. 2011

    Research Overview

  • Musculoskeletal physiology
    Neuromuscular performance
    Neuromotor control
  • Education And Training

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Exercise Physiology, University of Delaware 2015
  • Master of Physical Therapy in Exercise Physiology, University of Oklahoma 2011
  • Bachelor of Science or Mathematics in Exercise Physiology, MGM Institute of Health Sciences 2008
  • Full Name

  • Fnu Harshvardhan