Strength & Conditioning Research Team


62.Michał Ginszt, Mika Saito, Estera Zięba, Piotr Majcher, Naoki Kikuchi. Body Composition, Anthropometric Parameters, and Strength-Endurance Characteristics of Sport Climbers: A Systematic Review. Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research. 2022

61.Hiroki Homma, Mika Saito, Aoto Saito, Ayumu Kozuma, Ryutaro Matsumoto, Shingo Matsumoto, Naoyuki Kobatake, Takanobu Okamoto, Koichi Nakazato, Tetsunari Nishiyama, Naoki Kikuchi. The association between total genotype score and athletic performance in weightlifters. Genes. 2022

60.Kathleen Y. de Almeida, Tiago Cetolin, Andrea Rita Marrero, Aderbal S. Aguiar Jr., Pedro Mohr, Naoki Kikuchi. A pilot study on the prediction of non-contact muscle injuries based on ACTN3 R577X and ACE I/D polymorphisms in professional soccer athletes. Genes. 2022

59.Kathleen Yasmin De Almeida, Mika Saito, Hiroki Homma, Yukina Mochizuki, Aoto Saito, Minoru Deguchi, Ayumu Kozuma, Takanobu Okamoto, Koichi Nakazato, Naok…


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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