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David F. Stodden, Ph.D.

Title: Professor
Department: Physical Education
College of Education
Phone: 803-777-9882

Blatt PE Center 218-K

David Stodden


Ph.D.  in Motor Behavior, Auburn University

M.S. in Exercise and Sport Science, Iowa State University

B.S. in Biology, Buena Vista University


David Stodden's research agenda focuses on promoting the acquisition and development of fundamental motor skills and the association of motor skill competence with physical activity, health-related physical fitness, perceived competence, and obesity across the lifespan. His research emphasizes the need to address and understand developmental mechanisms and casual pathways related to youth physical development and trajectories of physical activity and obesity. In addition, research addressing ballistic skills allows him to further explore the behavioral and mechanical nature of multijoint ballistic motor skills and apply this knowledge to skill acquisition, youth physical development and assessment validation.


David F. Stodden is an Associate Professor in the College of Education's Department of Physical Education and Athletic Training.

He earned his Ph.D. in Motor Behavior from Auburn University, his M.S. in Exercise and Sport Science from Iowa State University and his B.S. in Biology at Buena Vista University.

Prior to joining the University of South Carolina in the fall of 2013, Stodden held faculty positions at Texas Tech University and Bowling Green State University. Additionally, he served as a consultant and minor league strength and conditioning coach for the Cleveland Indians organization and has worked at the American Sports Medicine Institute in Birmingham, AL.

Stodden's research focuses on identifying constraints in the acquisition and development of ballistic motor skills; the association of motor competence with physical activity, health-related physical fitness, perceived competence and obesity across the lifespan; and strength and conditioning related to performance. He currently is collaborating with researchers from Australia, Portugal, Belgium, Brazil and Iran, as well many in the U.S.

Stodden has received research grants from the National Institutes of Health, the National Association for Sport & Physical Education and other sources throughout his career.

His research has been published in journals including Motor Control, Pediatric Exercise Science, Journal of Physical Activity & Health, Sports Medicine, Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, American Journal of Preventive Medicine, Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, Journal of Applied Biomechanics and multiple others.

Select publications

Brooks, T. & Stodden D. F. (2012). Essentials of Youth Conditioning and Fitness: The International Youth Conditioning Association Youth Fitness Specialist Level 1. Vervante Publishers, Springville, UT.

Book chapters

Langendorfer, S. J., Roberton, M. A. & Stodden, D. F. (2011). Chapter 9: Biomechanical Aspects of the Development of Object Projection Skills. In De Ste Croix & Korff (Ed), Paediatric Biomechanics and Motor Control: Theory and Application. Oxford: Routledge.

Journal articles

Stodden, D. F., Gao, Z., Langendorfer, S. J. Goodway, J. D. (in press). Dynamic relationships between motor skill competence and health-related fitness in youth. Pediatric Exercise Science.

Gao, Z., Chen, S., & Stodden, D.F. (in press). A comparison of young children's physical activity levels in physical education, recess and school-based exergaming. Journal of Physical Activity and Health.

Lopes, V. P., Stodden, D. F., Rodrigues, L. P. (in press). Cross-sectional trajectories of motor coordination across childhood: Associations with weight status. Child: Care, Health & Development.

Lai, S. K., Costigan, S. A., Morgan, P. J., Lubans, D. R., Stodden, D. F., Salmon, J. & Barnett, L. M. (2013). Do school-based interventions focusing on physical activity, fitness or fundamental movement skill competency produce a sustained impact in these outcomes in children and adolescents? A systematic review of follow-up studies. Sports Medicine. Published online October 12, 2013, DOI:10.1007/s40279-013-0099-9

Ferkel, R., Judge, L.W., Stodden, D. F., & Griffin L. K. (In press). The importance of health-related fitness knowledge to increasing physical activity and physical fitness. The Physical Educator.

Urbin, M., Stodden, D. F., Fleisig, A., Robinson, L., & Andrews, J. R. Overarm throwing variability as a function of trunk action. (2013). Journal of Motor Learning & Development, 1, 89-95.

Stodden D. F. & Brooks, T. (2013). Promoting musculoskeletal fitness in youth: Performance and health implication from a developmental perspective. Strength and Conditioning Journal, 35(3), 54-62. doi:10.1519/SSC.0b013e318296391e

Stodden, D. F., True, L., Langendorfer, S., & Gao, Z. (2013). Associations among selected motor skills and health-related fitness: Indirect evidence for Seefeldt's proficiency barrier? Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 84, 397-40. DOI: 10.1080/02701367.2013.814910

Gao, Z., Zhang, T., & Stodden, D. F., (2013). Children's Physical Activity levels and psychological correlates in interactive dance versus aerobic dance. Journal of Sport and Health Science, 2(3),146-151.

Stodden, D. F. & Holfelder, B. (2013). No child left behind: The role of motor skill development. Zeitschrift für Sportpsychologie (Germany), 20 (1), 10-17.

Lorson, K., Stodden, D. F., Goodway, J. D. & Langendorfer, S. J. (2013). Age and gender differences in adolescent and adult overarm throwing. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 84(2), 239-244. DOI: 10.1080/02701367.2013.784841

Gao, Z., Hannan, P. F., Xiang, P., Stodden, D. F., & Valdez, V. (2013). Video game-based exercise, Latino children's physical health and academic achievement. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 44(3S3), s240-s246.

Published reports

Pate, R. R., Blimkie, C., Castelli, D., Corbin, C. B., Daniels, S. R., Kohl, H.W., Malina, R. M., Sacheck, J., Stodden, D. F., Whitt-Glover, M., Zhu, W. (2012). Fitness Measures and Health Outcomes in Youth. Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. (Russell Pate, Maria Oria, & Laura Pillsbury, Editors).


Fleisig, G. S., Zheng, N., Stodden, D. F, & Andrews, J. R. (2000). Correlations between bat speed and mass properties. Proceedings of XIX International Symposium on Biomechanics in Sports: (ISBN 0-9715218-0-8), San Francisco, pp. 100-103.

Non-refereed articles

Stodden, D. F. (1998). The change-up: Deceive and protect. National High School Baseball Coaches Association's Instruction Publication, 7, 1-2.

Stodden, D. F. (2008). Muscle bulletin: Carve you core. Men's Health, p. 62.

Data collection and analysis

Stodden, D. F., Goodway, J. D., Lopes, V. P., Rodrigues, L. P. Cross-sectional associations among body weight status with process- and product-oriented motor skill assessments across childhood. (data analysis).

Shields, J.C., Stodden, D.F., Goodway, J. D., & Langendorfer, S. J. Cross-sectional associations among component developmental sequences of standing long jump and jumping distance across childhood. (data analysis).

Selected presentations

Stodden, D. F., (2013, February). No child left behind: The role of motor development. Motor and Cognitive Development across the Lifespan Conference, Stuttgart, Germany.

Stodden, D. F. (2012, July). Youth physical development: Age-Related, not age-determined. National Strength and Conditioning Association Annual National Conference, Providence, RI.

Stodden, D. F. (2012, September). Motor Skill Status as a Factor in Identifying Fitness Measures. Committee on Fitness Measures and Health Outcomes in Youth, Institutes of Medicine, Washington, D.C.

Stodden, D. F. (2010, November). Dynamic relationships among motor skill competence, physical activity, health-related fitness, and perceived competence. Illinois AHPERD Annual Convention. St. Charles, IL.

Stodden, D. F. (2010, November). Promoting positive physical activity and fitness trajectories: Influence of motor skill competence. Illinois AHPERD Annual Convention. St. Charles, IL.

Stodden, D. F. (2010, November). Relationship between motor skill competence and health-related physical fitness in adults: Evidence for Seefeldt's proficiency barrier. Illinois AHPERD Annual Convention. St. Charles, IL.