Marco Meucci


  • Ph.D., Università degli studi di Roma “Foro Italico”, Rome, Italy, 2013
    • Major: Physical Activity and Health
    • Ph.D. Dissertation: Supervised Play-Based Activity in Adolescents; Metabolic, Cardiovascular and Autonomic Nervous system Adaptation
  • M.S., Universidade de Tràs-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Vila Real, Portugal, 2009
    • Major: Exercise Science
  • B.S., Università degli studi di Roma “Foro Italico”, Rome, Italy, 2007
    • Major: Sport Sciences

Teaching Specialties

  • Cardiovascular and Cardiorespiratory Physiology
  • Physiological Assessment

Current Teaching

  • ES 2002 Introduction to Exercise Science
  • ES 3005 Advanced Physiological Assessment
  • ES 5591 Biomechanical and Physiological Laboratory Assessment

Office Hours

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Professional Affiliations / Organizations

  • American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)

Laboratory Affiliation

Research Interests

  • Arterial stiffness and in overweight and normal weight children and adolescents.
  • The association between physical fitness and cardiovascular health in overweight and normal weight children.
  • Investigate new ways to assess children’s health in a fast, accurate and practical way.
  • Investigate the effect of play-based physical activity on cardiovascular health and cardiorespiratory fitness.
  • Cardiorespiratory and metabolic responses to exercise in athletic and sedentary children and adults.


  1. Brackney D, Daughtridge E, Jensen M, Childers S, Tocci N, Wilson T, Meucci M. Feasibility of Play-Based Dance to Promote Physical Activity in Second Grade Students. American Journal of Health Education. 2021, 1-10.
  2. Meucci M, Nandagiri V, Kavirayuni VS, Whang A, Collier SR. Correlation Between Heart Rate at Maximal Fat Oxidation and Aerobic Threshold in Healthy Adolescent Boys and Girls. Pediatric Exercise Science. 2021, 1 (aop), 1-5.
  3. Tocci ND, Collier SR, Meucci M. Measures of ejection duration and subendocardial viability ratio in normal weight and overweight adolescent children. Physiological Reports. 2021, 9 (9), e14852.
  4. Guidetti L, Meucci M, Bolletta F, Emerenziani GP, Gallotta MC, Baldari C. Validity, reliability and minimum detectable change of COSMED K5 portable gas exchange system in breath- by-breath mode. PLoS One. 2018;13(12):e0209925. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0209925
  5. Peric R, Meucci M, Nikolovski Z, Bourdon CP. Does the aerobic threshold correlate with the maximal fat oxidation rate in short stage treadmill tests? The Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness. 25 Jul 2017, 58(10):1412-1417. doi: 10.23736/S0022-4707.17.07555-7.
  6. Meucci M, Baldari C, Guidetti L, Alley JR, Cook C, Collier SR. Beneficial Metabolomic Shifts following Play-Based Activity in Overweight Adolescents. Curr Pediatr Rev. Volume 13, Number 2, 2017, pp. 144-151(8).
  7. Peric R, Meucci M, Nikolovski Z. Fat Utilization During High-Intensity Exercise: When Does It End? Sports Med Open. 2016 Dec;2(1):35. Published online 2016 Aug 31. doi: 10.1186/s40798-016-0060-1
  8. Gallotta MC, Iazzoni S, Emerenziani GP, Meucci M, Migliaccio S, Guidetti L, Baldari C. Effects of combined physical education and nutritional programs on schoolchildren’s healthy habits. PeerJ; 2016 Apr 11;4: e1880. doi: 10.7717/peerj.1880.
  9. Meucci M, Baldari C, Guidetti L, Cook C, Prestes J, Collier SR. Cardiac Autonomic Modulation in Children Following 4 and 8 Weeks of Supervised Summer Activity. Journal of Childhood Obesity; In press. Publication date April 6, 2016.
  10. Gallotta MC, Emerenziani GP, Iazzoni S, Meucci M, Baldari C, Guidetti L. Impacts of coordinative training on normal weight and overweight/obese children’s attentional performance. Frontiers in Humam Neuroscience, 28 October 2015.
  11. Gallotta MC, Emerenziani GP, Iazzoni S, Meucci M, Guidetti L, Baldari C. Could overweight and obese children improve their motor performance with a qualitative physical activity approach? Indian Journal of Applied Research. 2014;14(5):610-615. ISSN-2249-555X
  12. Meucci M, Cook C, Curry CD, Guidetti L, Baldari C, Collier SR. Effects of supervised exercise program on metabolic function in overweight adolescents. World Journal of Pediatrics. 2013;9(4):307-11. doi: 10.1007/s12519-013-0440-2. Epub 2013 Nov.
  13. Meucci M, Curry CD, Baldari C, Guidetti L, Cook C, Collier SR. Effect of play-based summer break exercise on cardiovascular function in adolescents. Acta Paediatrica. 2013;102(1):24-8. doi: 10.1111/apa.12055. Epub 2012 Nov.
  14. Baldari C, Fernades RJ, Meucci M, Ribeiro J, Vilas-Boas JP, Guidetti L. Is AquaTrainer® Snorkel Proper for VO2 Assessment? International Journal of Sports Medicine. 2013;34(4):336-44. doi: 10.1055/s-0032-1321804. Epub 2012 Oct.
Title: Associate Professor, PhD, Physical Activity and Health, Graduate Faculty
Department: Health and Exercise Science

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Phone: (828) 262-2935

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