Strength & Conditioning Research Team


70.Hiroki Homma*, Nobuaki Teshigawara*, Minoru Deguchi, Mika Saito, Yukina Mochizuki, Kathleen Y. de Almeida, Ayumu Kozuma, Sora Tashiro, Sayaka Kikuchi, Kenichi Yumoto, Shingo Matsumoto, Tetsunari Nishiyama, Naoki Kikuchi. Effect of sprint interval training load on maximal oxygen uptake in trained men. The Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness. 2023

(*Co-first author)

69. Minoru Deguchi, Hiroki Homma, Kathleen Y. de Almeida, Ayumu Kozuma, Mika Saito, Yosuke Tsuchiya, Karina Kouzaki, Eisuke Ochi, Takanobu Okamoto, Koichi Nakazato, Naoki Kikuchi. Association of MMP3 gene polymorphism and sex on recovery of muscle strength after eccentric exercise. Journal of Applied Physiology. 135(3):527-533. 2023

68. Nihei S, Ogawa M, Hashimoto Y, Kikuchi N, Nakazato K, Okamoto T. Arterial stiffness and physical fitness on cognitive function in community-dwelling middle-aged and ol…


To optimize the athletic performance and muscle phenotypes from evidence-based knowledge

Our team studies the topics of “Strength & Conditioning” and “Genetics and athletic performance and sports injury”.
In field of Strength & Conditioning, our purpose of study is to provide the evidence based physical training for everyone. We focus on acute and chronic physical responses after resistance training.
We also join the Japanese Human Athlome Project (J-HAP), it is focus on the genetics of physical performance and its-related phenotypes (i.e., muscle mass, muscle fibre type, maximum oxygen consumption etc.) and sports injury.

Team Leader

Naoki Kikuchi, Ph.D., CSCS

Associate professor, Nippon Sport Science University
Ph.D. (Health and Sport Science)
Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)

2013 March, Ph.D. in Health and Sport Science, Graduate School of Health and Sport Science, Nippon Sport Science University.

Academic experience;
2016 April- Assistant professor, Faculty of Sport Science, Nippon Sports Science University.
2019 April- Associate professor, Faculty of Sport Science, Nippon Sports Science University.

Research Gate

Research Topics(Publication List)


Association between genetics and athletic performance and sports injury


Association between genetics and physiological phenotypes in genetically modified animals


Effects of physical training on athletic performance, strength and muscle adaptations in athletes and general population.


Education of strength and conditioning coach


Collaboration study with engineering

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