Karl Kozlowski, PhD Assistant Professor

Karl Kozlowski, PhD
BS, Coaching Sciences, State University of New York at Buffalo

EdM, Higher Education Administration, State University of New York at Buffalo
PhD, Rehabilitation Sciences, State University of New York at Buffalo

Fellow, Physical Activity and Public Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Phone: 716-888-8471

Dr. Kozlowski comes to Canisius College following extensive experience as an educator at the undergraduate and graduate levels in the University at Buffalo’s Department of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, where he also served as program director for their CAATE‐accredited athletic training program.  Prior to teaching he worked at the University at Buffalo for 7 years as an NCAA Division I athletic trainer covering all sports including football, basketball, wrestling and soccer.

Teaching Interests

Dr. Kozlowski seeks to encourage life-long learning as a foundation for students’ achievement and personal advancement. He continually stresses the investigation of “why” as opposed to simply “what” is happening through the use clinical cases and current events, including the integration of news, science, technology, and social media outlets. 

Dr. Kozlowski has teaching expertise at both the undergraduate and graduate levels in wellness, physical activity, exercise science, and human motion, combined with athletic injury, sports medicine and therapeutic exercise. He currently teaches undergraduate courses in health behavior, exercise principles and kinesiology.

Research Interests

Dr. Kozlowski’s research focuses on exercise as a non-pharmaceutical treatment for disease, injury and disability. His research includes the diagnostic value of exercise testing, the prospective benefits and outcomes associated with high intensity exercise and the use of exercise in patients with concussion.

Utilizing exercise as a treatment for brain injury is novel and potentially care‐altering. Currently, little is known regarding why physical activity provokes symptoms in persons with brain injury, as well as whether or not a carefully prescribed exercise program can improve activity tolerance and reduce symptoms in patients after concussion. Dr. Kozlowski’s longterm research goal is to examine the role of physical activity in persons with brain injury in reducing the occurrence of post‐injury disability. His dissertation focused on the treatment of Post‐Concussion Syndrome (PCS) using an aerobic exercise program and he continues to develop assessment and treatment protocols for concussion.<

Dr. Kozlowski’s work has been presented at numerous national and regional conferences for professional organizations including the American College of Sports Medicine, the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, the North American Brain Injury Association, Eastern Athletic Trainer’s Association, American Public Health Association, New York State Athletic Trainers’ Association and others.

Dr. Kozlowski’s publication, “Exercise Intolerance in Post Concussion Syndrome” was honored by the Journal of Athletic Training as the 2014 recipient of the Clint Thompson Award for Clinical Practice Advancement.

Recent Publications and Presentations

Crotin R, Kozlowski KF, Horvath P, Ramsey D. 2014 Altered Stride Length in Response to Increasing Exertion Among Baseball Pitchers. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. 46(3) pp.565-571. doi: 10.1249/MSS.0b013e3182a79cd9<

Kozlowski KF. 2014 Exercise and Brain Injury. Part 2: The Utility of Exercise as a Rehabilitative Intervention. International Journal of Athletic Therapy & Training. 19(2) pp. 28-32. 

Kozlowski KF. 2014 Exercise and Brain Injury. Part 1: Local and Systemic Pathology Following Concussion Relevant to the Potential Utility of Exercise. International Journal of Athletic Therapy & Training. 19(2) pp. 23-27.

Kozlowski KF, Graham J, DeVinney-Boymel LA, Leddy J, Willer B. 2013 Exercise Intolerance in Post Concussion Syndrome, Journal of Athletic Training 48(5) pp.627-635. doi:10.4085/1062-6050-48.5.02

Gosselin LE, Kozlowski KF, DeVinney-Boymel LA, Hambridge CE. 2012 Metabolic Response of Different High Intensity Aerobic Interval Exercise Protocols. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. 26(10) pp.2866-2871 doi: 10.1519/JSC.0b013e318241e13d

Roemmich JN, Lambiase MJ, McCarthy TF, Feda DM, Kozlowski KF. 2012 Autonomy supportive environments and mastery as basic factors to motivate physical activity in children: a controlled laboratory study. International Journal of Behavior Nutrition and Physical Activity, 9(16). doi:10.1186/1479-5868-9-16

Baker JG, Freitas MS, Leddy JJ, Kozlowski KF, Willer BS. 2012 Return to full functioning after graded exercise assessment and progressive exercise treatment for post concussion syndrome: Pilot data from a university concussion clinic. Rehabilitation Research and Practice. vol. 2012, Article ID 705309, 7 pages. doi:10.1155/2012/705309

Leddy JJ, Baker JG, Kozlowski KF, Bisson L, Willer B. 2011 Reliability of a Graded Exercise Test for Post Concussion Syndrome. Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine. 21(2) 89-94.

Leddy J, Kozlowski KF, Donnelly J, Pendergast DP, Epstein, L, Willer B. 2010. A Preliminary Study of Subsymptom Threshold Exercise Training for Refractory Post Concussion Syndrome. Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine. 20(1) 21 - 27.

Additional Information

A Buffalo native and graduate of Hutch-Tech high school, Dr. Kozlowski is also a competitive triathlete and CrossFit athlete.  He has completed 3 Ironman Triathlons, 5 Marathons, numerous shorter races and obstacle events.  He has won several age-group triathlons and series competitions for his age category and has also won CrossFit competitions at the Master’s Division level.   He currently holds a CrossFit Level-1 certificate and actively trains and coaches at CrossFit 716 in North Tonawanda, NY.