Jason Gillis


Professional Details

Title Associate Professor
Department Sport and Movement Science
Office O'Keefe Complex 115
Phone 978.542.7421
Email jason.gillis@salemstate.edu
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Recent and Upcoming Courses

SMS 251 Human Performance in Extreme Environments
SMS 281 Research Methods in Exercise Science
SMS 355 Directed Field in Exercise Science
SMS 477 Research Practicum in Exercise Science I
SMS 478 Research Practicum in Exercise Science II
SMS 580 Internship in Exercise Science

Professional Biography

Dr. Jason Gillis is an Associate Professor working in the Human Performance Laboratory, Department of Sport & Movement Science, at Salem State University. Jason Teaches courses in human applied physiology and research methods, and supervises student research. An environmental physiologist by training, Jason has a research interest in the influence of menthol on human temperature regulation, perception and performance. Jason completed his B.Sc (Hon) in Kinesiology at Dalhousie University in Canada, and went on to complete his Masters at KU Leuven University in Belgium, and at the Norwegian School of Sports Science in Norway. He completed his Ph.D. in England as part of the Research and Innovation Team at UK Sport in the run up to the Beijing and London Olympic Games. Whether as a scientist, athlete, or coach, Jason is passionate about sports. He has a background in mixed martial arts and a particular interest in the Science of combat sports.

Selected Publications

Gillis, D.J., Vellante, A., Gallo, J., D’Amico A.D. (2019). The influence of menthol on recovery from exercise-induced muscle damage. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. doi: 10.1519/JSC.0000000000002833

D’Amico, A., Gillis, D.J. (2017). The influence of foam rolling on recovery from exercise-induced muscle damage. The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. doi: 10.1519/JSC.0000000000002240.

Gillis, D.J., Vellante, A., Gallo, J. (2017). Pilot Study: The influence of menthol on recovery from exercise-induced muscle damage. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. 49(5S):1069.

D’Amico, A., Gillis, D.J. (2017). The influence of foam rolling on recovery from exercise-induced muscle damage. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. 49(5S):1065.

Gillis, D.J., Barwood, M.J., Newton, P.S., House, J.R., & Tipton, M.J. (2016). Influence of a menthol and ethanol soaked garment on human temperature regulation and perception during exercise and rest in warm, humid conditions. Journal of Thermal Biology, 58:99-105.

Gillis, D.J., Barwood, M.J., Newton, P.S., House, J.R., & Tipton, M.J. (2016). Influence of a menthol/ethanol solution on thermoregulation during exercise in warm, humid conditions. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 48(5S):808-809.

Villar, R., Gillis, D.J., Santana, G., Pinheiro, D.S., Almeida, A.L.R.A. (2016). Association between anaerobic metabolic demands during simulated Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu combat and specific Jiu-Jitsu anaerobic performance test. Journal of Strenght and Conditioning Research (Ahead of print, doi: 10.1519/JSC.0000000000001536).

Gillis, D.J., Weston N, House, J.R., & Tipton, M.J. (2015). Influence of repeated daily menthol exposure on human temperature regulation and perception. Physiology and Behaviour, 139:511-8.

Gillis, D.J., House, J.R., & Tipton, M.J. (2010). Influence of menthol on thermoregulation and perception during exercise in warm, humid conditions. European Journal of Applied Physiology, 110, pp. 609-18.

Gillis, D.J., Wouda, M., & Hjeltnes, N. (2008). Non-pharmacological management of orthostatic hypotension after spinal cord injury: a review of the literature. Spinal Cord, 46, pp. 652-59.

Kirby, R.L., Gillis, D.J., Boudreau, A.L., Smith, C., Rushton, P., Clark-Gallant, L., Parker, K.E., & Webber A. (2008). Effect of a high rolling-resistance training method on the success rate and time required to learn the wheelchair wheelie skill. Am J Phys Med Rehab, 87(3), pp. 204-11

Selected Presentations

Staffiere W, Moriarty J. Varnell M., Gallo J.G., Silva K. Gillis D.J. (2019, June). The effect of menthol on joint range of motion. Poster Communication at the American College of Sports Medicine. Orlando, FL, USA.

Gillis, D.J. (July 2019). Mechanisms through which menthol acts on human temperature regulation and perception, and possible effects on muscle function. Symposium presentation at the International Conference of Environmental Ergonomics, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Martin Barwood, Russ Best, Jason Gillis, Owen Jeffries. (July 2019). The Application of Menthol in Sport and Exercise: to apply, ingest or discard? Symposium presentation at the International Conference of Environmental Ergonomics, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

D’Amico, A., Gillis, D.J., Burke, C.M., McCarthy, K., Leftin, J.N., Heim, H., Molloy, M.  (July 2019). Foam rolling and indices of autonomic recovery following recovery from exercise-induced muscle damage. Oral Presentation at the European Congress of Sport Science, Prague, Czech Republic.  

D’Amico, A, Norberg, J., Gillis, D.J. (Oct. 2017) Pilot Study: Foam rolling pressure and recovery of agility following exercise-induced muscle damage. Poster Communication at the New England Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine. Providence, RI, USA.

Gillis, D.J., Vellante, A., Gallo, J. (May 2017). The influence of menthol on recovery from exercise-induced muscle damage. Poster Communication at the American College of Sports Medicine. Denver, CO, USA.

D’Amico, A., Gillis, D.J. (May 2017) The influence of foam rolling on recovery from exercise-induced muscle damage. Poster Communication at the American College of Sports Medicine. Denver, CO, USA.

Gillis, D.J., Vellante, A., Gallo, J. (10/2016) Pilot Study: The influence of menthol on recovery from exercise-induced muscle damage. Poster Communication at the New England Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine. Providence, RI, USA.

D’Amico, A., Gillis, D.J. (10/2016) The influence of foam rolling on recovery from exercise-induced muscle damage. Oral Communication at the New England Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine. Providence, RI, USA.

Gillis, D.J., Barwood, M.B., Newton, P.S., House, J.R., Tipton, M.J. (06/2016). The influence of a menthol/ethanol soaked garment on human temperature regulation and perception during rest and exercise in warm, humid conditions. Thematic Poster Session on Thermoregulation at the Annual Meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine. Boston, MA, USA.

Gillis, D.J., Barwood, M.B., Newton, P.S., House, J.R., Tipton, M.J. (10/2015). The influence of a menthol/ethanol soaked garment on human temperature regulation and perception during rest and exercise in warm, humid conditions. Oral Communication at the New England Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine. Providence, RI, USA.

Forman B., Clarke, L., Kasal I., Krish K. Gallo, J., Gillis, D.J. (10/2015). The influence of Biofreeze, Foam Rolling and Kinesiology Tape on Recovery from Exercise-Induced Muscle Damage. Poster communication at the New England Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine. Providence, RI, USA.

Villar, D.J., Gillis, D.J., Santana, G., Almedia, R.A. (10/2015). Association between anaerobic metabolic demands during simulated Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu combat and a specific Jiu-Jitsu anaerobic test. Poster communication at the New England Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine. Providence, RI, USA.

Gillis, D.J., Clarke, L., Forman B., Kasal I., Krish K. (05/2015). The influence of Biofreeze, Foam Rolling and Kinesiology Tape on Recovery from Exercise-Induced Muscle Damage. Oral communication at the biannual meeting of the Massachusetts Association of Clinical Exercise Physiologists, Salem, MA, USA.

Gillis, D.J. (04/2014). Traditional versus functional strength training. Oral communication at the biannual meeting of the Massachusetts Association of Clinical Exercise Physiologists, Salem, MA, USA.

Gillis, D.J. (06/2013). Dehydration and rehydration strategies in combat sports. Oral communication at the New Product Research Summit, GSK House, GSK, London, UK

Gillis, D.J., Moss, C. (06/2013). Fat burning ingredients: a deep dive on functional ingredient science. Oral communication at the New Product Research Summit, GSK House, GSK, London, UK

Gillis, D.J., Weston, N., House, J.R., & Tipton, M.J. (03/2012). Habituation of thermal sensation, but not thermoregulation after repeated menthol exposure. The 4th International Symposium on Physiology, Pharmacology and Temperature Regulation, Rio de janerio, Brazil.