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Eric Rawson, Ph.D., FACSM

Professor & Department Chair

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erawson@messiah.edu

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717-766-2511 x 7391

Interest and areas of expertise

Nutrition and exercise, dietary supplements, resistance training, muscle, and successful aging

Education

University of Massachusetts
Doctorate of Philosophy in Exercise Science

University of Massachusetts
Master of Science in Exercise Science

Northeastern University
Bachelor of Science

Classes I teach
  • APHS 301L- Exercise Physiology Lab
  • APHS 325 - Applied Human Physiology
  • APHS 410- Exercise, Nutrition, & Metabolism
Profile

Dr. Rawson received his Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst where he studied under the direction of Dr. Priscilla Clarkson. Over the past two decades, Dr. Rawson’s research has focused on the interactions between nutrition and skeletal muscle. In particular, Dr. Rawson has studied the effects of the dietary supplement creatine on muscle and brain function. Dr. Rawson is currently an Associate Editor for Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, Amino Acids, and the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. Dr. Rawson has delivered more than 100 professional presentations, is co-editor of the text Nutrition for Elite Athletes, co-author of the 11th Edition of Nutrition for Health Fitness and Sport, and has authored/co-authored numerous articles and book chapters. His research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Bloomsburg University, and various foundations. Dr. Rawson is a member of the Board of Trustees and is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (FACSM).

Twitter:  @EricRawsonPhD

Selected Publications

Books:
1. Williams, M. H., Rawson, E. S., Branch, J. D. Nutrition for Health Fitness and Sport 11th Edition. McGraw Hill, New York NY, 2016.

2. Nutrition for Elite Athletes. Eds: Rawson E. S. and Volpe, S. L. CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL, 2015.


Selected manuscripts and book chapters:
1. Rawson, E. S. Clarkson, P. M., Tarnopolsky, M. A. Perspectives in rhabdomyolysis. Sports Med. In Press, 2016.

2. Gualano, B., Rawson, E. S., Candow, D. G., Chilibeck, P. D. Creatine supplementation in the aging population: effects on skeletal muscle, bone and brain. Amino Acids. 2016, 48(8): 1793-805.

3. Rawson, E. S. Steele, C. N., and Brightbill, C. E. Dietary Supplements for Strength Power Athletes. In: Nutrition for Elite Athletes. Eds: Eric S. Rawson and Stella Lucia Volpe, CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL, pp. 87-104, 2015.

4. Rawson, E. S. Chromium Picolinate. In: Nutritional Supplements in Sport, Exercise, and Health. An A-Z Guide. Eds. Linda M. Castell, Samantha J. Stear, and Louise M. Burke, Routledge, London, p. 87, 2015.

5. Poortmans, J. R. and Rawson, E. S. Creatine. In: Nutritional Supplements in Sport, Exercise, and Health. An A-Z Guide. Eds. Linda M. Castell, Samantha J. Stear, and Louise M. Burke, Routledge, London, pp. 99-101, 2015.

6. Hubal, M. J., Miles, M. P., Rawson, E. S., Sayers, S. P., Urso, M. L., Fragala, M. S. In Memoriam: Dr. Priscilla M. Clarkson (1947-2013) Muscle biology visionary, leader, mentor, and inspiration. J Strength Cond Res. 2014;28(2): 291-9.

7. Rawson, E. S., Brightbill, C. E., and Stec, M. J. Sport-Specific Nutrition: Practical Issues - Strength and Power Events. In: Sports Nutrition. The Encyclopedia of Sports Medicine. An IOC Medical Commission Publication in collaboration with the International Federation of Sports Medicine. Ed: Ronald J. Maughan, Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Oxford, UK, pp. 551-560, 2013.

8. Gualano, B., Roschel, H., Lancha, A. H., Brightbill, C. E., Rawson, E. S. In sickness and in health: The widespread application of creatine supplementation. Amino Acids. 2012;43(2):519-29.

9. Stec, M. J. and Rawson, E. S. Estimation of resistance exercise energy expenditure using triaxial accelerometry. J Strength Cond Res. 2012;26(5):1413-22.

10. Frank, A., McConnell, T. R., Rawson, E. S., Fradkin, A. Clinical and functional predictors of health-related quality of life during cardiac rehabilitation. J Cardiopulm Rehab Prevent. 2011;31(4):223-29.

11. Rawson, E. S. and Venezia, A. C. Use of creatine in the elderly and evidence for effects on cognitive function in young and old. Amino Acids. 2011;40(5):1349-1362.

12. Rawson, E. S., Stec, M. J., Frederickson, S. J., Miles, M. P. Low dose creatine supplementation enhances fatigue resistance in the absence of weight gain. Nutrition. 2011;27(4):451-45.

13. Stec, M. J. and Rawson, E. S. Benefits of creatine supplementation for older adults. Brazil J Biomotricity. 2010;4(4):215-226.

14. Persky, A. M. and Rawson, E. S. Creatine supplementation in the older adult: muscular and cognitive perspectives. AgroFOOD industry hi-tech. 2010;21(4):17-19.

15. Rawson, E. S. and Walsh, T. M. Estimation of resistance exercise energy expenditure using accelerometry. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2010;42(3):622-628.

16. Rawson, E. S. Enhanced fatigue resistance in older adults during repeated sets of intermittent contractions. J Strength Cond Res. 2010;24(1):251-256.

17. Chiriboga, D. E., Ma, Y., Li, W., Stanek, E. J., 3rd, Hebert, J. R., Merriam, P. A., Rawson, E. S., Ockene, I. S. Seasonal and sex variation of high-sensitivity C-reactive protein in healthy adults: a longitudinal study. Clin Chem. 2009;55:313-21.

18. Rawson, E. S. and Persky, A. M. Doping in Children and Adolescents. In: The Young Athlete. The Encyclopedia of Sports Medicine. An IOC Medical Commission Publication in collaboration with the International Federation of Sports Medicine. Eds: Helge Hebestreit and Oded Bar-Or, Blackwell Publishing, Oxford, UK, pp. 268-284, 2008.

19. Rawson, E. S., H. R. Lieberman, T. M. Walsh, S. M. Zuber, J. M. Harhart, Matthews, T. C. Creatine supplementation does not improve cognitive function in young adults. Physiol Behav. 2008;95:130-34.

20. Rawson, E. S., M. P. Conti, Miles, M. P. Creatine supplementation does not reduce muscle damage or enhance recovery from resistance exercise. J Strength Cond Res. 2007;21(4):1208-13.

21. Persky, A. M. and Rawson, E. S. Safety of creatine supplementation in health and disease. In: Creatine and Creatine Kinase in Health and Disease. Eds: Gajja J. Salomons and Markus Wyss. Springer, Dordrecht, pp. 275-289, 2007.

22. Rawson, E. S. and Persky, A. M. Mechanisms of muscular adaptations to creatine supplementation. Int SportMed. J. 2007;8(2):43-53.

23. Rawson, E. S. Risks and benefits of supplement use. Curr Sports Med Reports. 2005;4(4):185-7.

24. Rawson, E. S., M. P. Conti, Wassmer, D. J. The effects of creatine supplementation on muscle function and body composition in older men and women. Int SportMed. J. 2004;5(4):262-76.

25. Rawson, E. S. and Persky, A. M. Regarding the cardiovascular effects of an herbal ephedra-caffeine supplement. Int J Obes. 2004;28(10):1353-54.

26. Volek, J. S. and Rawson, E. S. Scientific basis and practical aspects of creatine supplementation for athletes. Nutrition. 2004;20(7-8):609-14.

27. Persky, A. M. and Rawson, E. S. Detecting adverse events in dietary supplement research: Lessons from ephedra alkaloids. J Exer Physiol Online. 2004;7(4): 84-99.

28. Rawson, E. S., A. M. Persky, T. B. Price, Clarkson, P. M. The effects of repeated creatine supplementation on muscle, blood, and urine creatine levels. J Strength Cond Res. 2004;18(1):162-67.

29. Rawson, E. S. and Clarkson, P. M. Scientifically debatable: Is creatine worth its weight? Gatorade Sports Science Exchange. 2003;16(4):1-6.

30. Rawson, E. S. and Volek, J. S. The effects of creatine supplementation and resistance training on muscle strength and weightlifting performance. J Strength Cond Res. 2003;17(4):822-31.

31. Rawson, E. S., P. S. Freedson, S. K. Osganian, C. E. Matthews, G. Reed, Ockene, I. S. Body mass index, but not physical activity, is associated with C-reactive protein. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2003;35(7):1160-66.

32. Rawson, E. S., P.M. Clarkson, T. B. Price, Miles, M. P. Differential response of muscle phosphocreatine to creatine supplementation in young and old subjects. Acta Phys Scand. 2002;174:57-65.

33. Rawson, E. S. and Clarkson, P. M. Ephedrine as an Ergogenic Aid. In: Performance-Enhancing Substances in Sport and Exercise. Eds: Mike. S. Bahrke and Charles. E. Yesalis. Human Kinetics, Champaign IL, 289-298, 2002.

34. Rawson, E. S., B. Gunn, Clarkson, P. M. The effects of creatine supplementation on exercise-induced muscle damage. J Strength Cond Res. 2001;15(2):178-84.

35. Rawson, E. S. and Clarkson, P. M. Creatine supplementation: The athlete’s friend or foe? Int SportMed J. 2000;1(1).

36. Rawson, E. S. and Clarkson, P. M. Acute creatine supplementation in older men. Int J Sport Med. 2000;21:71-75.

37. Rawson, E. S., M. L. Wehnert, Clarkson, P. M. Effects of thirty days of creatine ingestion in older men. Eur J App. Physiol. 1999;80:139-44.

38. Clarkson, P. M. and Rawson, E. S. Nutritional supplements to increase muscle mass. Crit Rev Food Sci Nutr. 1999;39:317-28.


Selected Presentations
1. Beyond Protein: Nutrition and Supplements for Muscle Recovery. Invited Speaker: Gatorade Sports Science Institute XP Meeting, 2016, Mexico City, Mexico.

2. Optimizing Muscular Adaptations through Nutrition: Do as I Say, Not as I Do. Invited Speaker: Priscilla M. Clarkson Tutorial Lecture. Presented at the Annual Conference of the American College of Sports Medicine, 2016, Boston, MA.

3. How to get your message wider. Invited Speaker: Plenary session: Using social media to promote exercise and sports nutrition. International Sport and Exercise Nutrition Conference, 2015, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.

4. Creatine Supplements: Not Just for Building Bulging Biceps. Invited Speaker: International Sport and Exercise Nutrition Conference, 2015, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.

5. Exercise and Nutrition: Keys to Successful Aging. Invited Speaker: Center on Aging and Health Distinguished Lecture, University of Regina, 2015, Regina, CA

6. Beyond Protein: Nutrition and Supplements for Muscle Recovery. Invited Speaker: Gatorade Sports Science Institute XP Meeting, 2015, Dana Point, CA.

7. Sport Nutrition in the 21st Century: Do as I Say, Not as I Do. Invited Speaker: Priscilla Clarkson Keynote Lecture: Annual Conference of the New England Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine, 2015, Providence, RI.

8. Rawson, E. S., Vesek, J., Wang, J., Yang, Q. X., Brightbill, C. E. Muscle and Nervous Tissue Adaptations to Creatine Supplementation. Presented as a free communication at the Annual Conference of the American College of Sports Medicine, 2015, San Diego, CA. (Poster Presentation).

9. Dietary Supplements for Strength. Invited Speaker: Gatorade Sports Science Institute Sports Nutrition Pre-Conference, 2015, San Diego, CA.

10. The Potential Role of Creatine Supplementation in Healthy Ageing. Invited Speaker: Creatine in Health, Sport, and Medicine, 2015, Laufen, Germany.

11. Exercise and Diabetes. Invited Speaker: Diabetes Education, Fusing Theory with Practice, Geisinger Medical Center, 2014, Danville, PA.

12. Fleming, J. J., Rawson, E. S., Still, C. D., Irving, B. A., Wood, C., Benotti, P., Seiler, J, McConnell, T. R. Physical Inactivity: A Potential Correlate of Weight Regain After Bariatric Surgery. The Obesity Society's Annual Scientific Meeting, 2014, Boston, MA. (Poster Presentation)

13. Steele, C. N., Fradkin, A. J., Andreacci, J. L., Venezia, A. C., Rawson, E. S. Effects of Age and Sex on Muscle Function during Isovelocity Contractions. Presented as a free communication at the Annual Conference of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine, 2014, Harrisburg, PA. (Slide Presentation).

14. Weight Loss and Weight Gain Dietary Supplements. Invited Speaker: Annual Conference of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine, 2014, Harrisburg, PA.

15. Fleming, J. J., Rawson, E. S., Still, C. D., Irving, B. A., Wood, C., Benotti, P., Seiler, J, McConnell, T. R. Physical Inactivity: A Potential Correlate of Weight Regain After Bariatric Surgery. Mid Atlantic Nutrition Obesity Research Center (NORC) Conference, Geisinger Medical Center, 2014, Danville, PA. (Poster Presentation)

16. Fleming, J. J., Rawson, E. S., Still, C. D., Wood, C., Benotti, P., Seiler, J., McConnell, T. R., Irving, B. A. Comparison of Methods for Estimating Resting Energy Expenditure in Post-Bariatric Surgery Patients. Presented as a free communication at the Annual Conference of the American College of Sports Medicine, 2014, Orlando, FL. (Poster Presentation)

17. Masteller, B., Dixon, C. B., Rawson, E. S., Andreacci, J. L. The Relationship between Aerobic Fitness and Bone Health in College-Aged Women. Presented as a free communication at the Annual Conference of the American College of Sports Medicine, 2014, Orlando, FL. (Poster Presentation)

18. Steele, C. N., Fradkin, A. J., Andreacci, J. L., Rawson, E. S. Alcohol intake, cardiorespiratory fitness, body size, and dietary behaviors in young adults. Presented as a free communication at the Annual Conference of the American College of Sports Medicine, 2014, Orlando, FL. (Poster Presentation)

19. One Pill Makes You Larger and One Pill Makes You Small… Presented as a tutorial lecture at the Annual Conference of the American College of Sports Medicine, 2014, Orlando, FL.

20. Fleming, J. J., Rawson, E. S., Still, C. D., Wood, C., Benotti, P., Seiler, J., McConnell, T. R., Irving, B. A. Weight Maintenance after Gastric Bypass Surgery: Physical and Metabolic Correlates. Faculty Research Open House, Geisinger Medical Center, 2014, Danville, PA. (Poster Presentation)

21. Dietary Supplements and the Sports Medicine Professional. Invited Speaker: Annual Conference of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine, 2013, Harrisburg, PA.

22. Fleming, J. J., Fradkin, A. F., Andreacci, J. L., Miles, M. P., Rawson, E. S. Association between Inflammation, Cardiorespiratory Fitness, Body Size, and Dietary Behaviors in Young Adults. Presented as a free communication at the Annual Conference of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine, 2013, Harrisburg, PA. (Slide Presentation)

23. Masteller, B., Dixon, C. B., Rawson, E. S., Andreacci, J. L. The Relationship between Aerobic Fitness and Bone Health in College-Aged Women. Presented as a free communication at the Annual Conference of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine, 2013, Harrisburg, PA. (Slide Presentation)

24. Steele, C. N., Fradkin, A. J., Andreacci, J. L., Rawson, E. S. Alcohol intake, cardiorespiratory fitness, body size, and dietary behaviors in young adults. Presented as a free communication at the Annual Conference of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine, 2013, Harrisburg, PA. (Slide Presentation)

25. One pill makes you larger and one pill makes you small...Dietary supplements for weight loss and weight gain… Help? Harm? Hype? Invited Speaker: Wellness Grand Rounds, Geisinger Medical Center, 2013, Danville, PA.

26. Effective Dietary Supplements to Maximize Strength and Hypertrophy. Presented as a part of a Highlighted Symposium at the Annual Conference of the American College of Sports Medicine, 2013, Indianapolis, IN.

27. Expert Moms Panel. Invited Participant: Annual American College of Sport Medicine Health & Fitness Summit, 2013, Las Vegas, NV.

28. Optimal Nutrition for Strength Power Athletes. Invited Speaker: Annual American College of Sport Medicine Health & Fitness Summit, 2013, Las Vegas, NV.

29. Dietary Supplements and Aging: The Fountain of Youth? Invited Speaker: Nutrition as Medicine Pre-Conference Symposium, Annual American College of Sport Medicine Health & Fitness Summit, 2013, Las Vegas, NV.

30. Creatine Supplementation in Older Adults: The Fountain of Youth? Invited Lecture: University of São Paulo, 2012, São Paulo, Brazil.

31. Strength Power Athletes: Optimal Nutrition and Supplementation. Invited Lecture: University in São Paulo, 2012, São Paulo, Brazil.

32. Rawson, E. S., Venezia, A. C., Still, C. D. No Adverse Events Associated with Low-Dose Longer-Duration Creatine Supplementation in Older Adults. Presented at the Annual Conference of the American College of Sports Medicine, 2012, San Francisco, CA. (Poster Presentation).

33. Nutrition for Strength and Power Athletes: More than just Protein and Creatine? Invited Speaker: 1st Annual Drexel University Sports Nutrition Conference, 2012, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA

34. Nutrition for Strength Power Athletes. Invited Speaker: Annual Conference of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine, 2011, Harrisburg, PA.

35. Meet the Experts Panel. Invited Participant: Annual Conference of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine, 2011, Harrisburg, PA.

36. Creatine in Health, Medicine and Sport: An Update from the 2010 Creatine Conference. Presented as a tutorial lecture at the Annual Conference of the American College of Sports Medicine, 2011, Denver, CO.

37. Rawson, E. S., Andreacci, J. A., McConnell, T. R., Matthews, E. Cardiac Output Dependency on Exercising Muscle Mass during Small and Large Muscle Exercise. Presented at the Annual Conference of the American College of Sports Medicine, 2011, Denver, CO. (Poster Presentation).

38. Use of Creatine in the Elderly and Evidence for Effects on Cognitive Function in Young and Old. Invited Keynote Speaker: Creatine Conference 2010: Creatine in Health, Medicine, and Sport, 2010, Cambridge, UK.

39. Benefits of Creatine Supplementation in Older Adults. Invited Speaker: Canadian Society for Clinical Nutrition/Canadian Society for Nutritional Sciences, 2009, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.