Vincenzo Nocera

Assistant Professor of Exercise and Sport Physiology

B.S., The College of New Jersey (Health and Exercise Science); M.S., Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania (Exercise Science); M.S., University of Tennessee, Knoxville (Recreation and Sports Management); Ph.D., University of Tennessee, Knoxville (Exercise Physiology).
Email: vnocera@plymouth.edu

About Vincenzo Nocera

Vincenzo is native of New Jersey who earned a doctorate in Exercise Physiology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Vincenzo has worked in a variety of roles in health and sports. This includes coaching at the high school level, personal training, and therapeutic recreation. He is also an American College of Sports Medicine Certified Exercise Physiologist. Vincenzo’s passion and research interest focuses around determining and developing strategies for inclusive physical activity for children with and without disabilities.

Research Interests

  • Evaluating barriers and facilitators to physical activity for children with developmental disabilities
  • Assessing school-based physical activity for children with developmental disabilities
  • Developing an inclusive school-based physical activity intervention for children with and without developmental disabilities.

Selected Publications and Presentations

N.A. Ratamess, J.A. Bush, J. Kang, W.J. Kraemer, S.J. Stohs, V.G. Nocera, M.D. Leise, K.B. Diamond and A.D. Faigenbaum. The Effects of Supplementation with p-Synephrine Alone and in Combination with Caffeine on Resistance Exercise Performance. Journal of International Society of Sport Nutrition. 2015, 12(35):1-11.

N.A. Ratamess, J.A. Bush, J. Kang, William J. Kraemer, Sidney J. Stohs, V.G. Nocera, Megan D. Leise, K.B. Diamond and A.D. Faigenbaum. The Effects of Supplementation with p-Synephrine Alone and in Combination with Caffeine on Metabolic, Lipolytic, and Cardiovascular Responses during Resistance Exercise. Journal of the American College of Nutrition. 2016, 35(8):657-669.

V.G. Nocera, A.J. Wozencroft, D.P. Coe. A Systematic Review of the Effect of Exercise on Cognitive Performance in Youth with Down Syndrome. American Journal of Recreational Therapy. 2018, 17(4):27-35.

J.L. Scott, A.J. Wozencroft, V.G. Nocera, K. Webb, J. Anderson, A. Blankenburg, D. Watson, and S. Lowe. Aquatics and Disability: A Recreational Therapy Perspective. International Journal of Aquatic Research and Education. 2020, 12(3):1-10.

R. Hasson, J. Sallis, N. Coleman, N. Kaushal, V. Nocera, N. Keith. The missing mandate: Promoting physical activity to reduce disparities during COVID-19 and beyond. 2020.

V.G. Nocera, J.L. Scott, H. Xie, L.L. Caldwell, and S.N. Waller Urban Youths’ Motivation and Perceptions of Parental Support of Leisure Time Physical Activity. Southeastern Recreation Research Conference. Athens, GA, March 25, 2018.

V.G. Nocera, T.J. Kybartas, A.J. Wozencroft, and D.P. Coe. Wear Compliance of Accelerometers in Youth with Disabilities. North American Society for Pediatric Exercise Medicine Biennial Conference, Oakland, CA, August 30, 2018.

V.G. Nocera, D.P. Coe, A.J. Wozencroft. Using Physical Activity to Develop Higher Quality Programs in Recreational Therapy. Southeast Recreational Therapy Symposium. Gatlinburg, TN, April 18, 2019.

V.G. Nocera, T.J. Kybartas, A.J. Wozencroft, D.P. Coe. Comparison of Physical Activity Levels during Therapeutic Camp Activities in Youth with Disabilities. American College of Sports Medicine National Conference. Orlando, FL, May 30, 2019.

D.P. Coe, V.G. Nocera, A.P. Wood, A.J. Wozencroft. Physical Activity: Playing to the Best of One’s (Dis)Ability. Southeast American College of Sports Medicine Regional Conference. Jacksonville, FL, February 14, 2020.

Courses Taught

EX 2755: Introduction to Exercise Science

EX 4780: Exercise Prescription

Professional Association Membership and Participation

  • American College of Sports Medicine
  • American College of Sports Medicine Strategic Health Committee on Health Equity
  • North American Society for Pediatric Exercise Medicine
  • National Strength and Conditioning Association                                         
  • Autism Society of America