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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

Resources: Curriculum Vitae [pdf]
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
Hill, M.W., Wdowski, M.M., Pennell, A., Stodden, D.F., & Duncan, M.J. (in press). Dynamic postural control in children: Do the arms lend the legs a helping hand? Frontiers in Physiology. (Impact Factor: 4.13)

Stewart, G., Webster, C. A., Weaver, R. G., Stodden, D. F., Brian, A., Egan, C. A., Michael, R. D., Sacko, R., & Patey, M. (in press). Evaluation of a classroom movement integration training delivered in a low socioeconomic school district. Evaluation and Program Planning. (Impact Factor: 1.21)

Molina, S. L., Bott, T. S., & *Stodden, D. F. (in press). Applications of the speed-accuracy trade-off and impulse variability theory for teaching ballistic motor skills. Journal of Motor Behavior. (Impact Factor: 1.41)

+ Luz, C., + Cordovil, R., + Rodrigues, L. P., Gao, Z., Goodway, J., Sacko, R. S., … *Stodden, D. F. (in press). Motor Competence and Health Related Fitness in Children: A Cross-cultural Comparison between Portugal and the United States. Journal of Sport and Health Science.

Bustamante, A., Henrique, R.S., Pereira, S.S., Chaves, R.N., Tani, G., Freitas, D.L., Prista, A.,  Stodden, D.F., Katzmarzyk, P.T., Hedeker, D., Maia, J.A. (in press). Familial resemblance in gross motor coordination. The Peruvian Sibling Study on Growth and Health. Annals of Human Biology. (Impact Factor: 1.81).

+ Lima, R.A., Bugge, A., Ersbøll, A.K., Stodden, D.F., Andersen, L.B., (in press). The longitudinal relationship between motor competence and measures of fatness and fitness from childhood into adolescence. Journal de Pediatria. (Impact Factor: 2.08)

Egan, C. A., Webster, C. A., Stewart, G. L., Weaver, R. G., Russ, L. B., Brian, A., & Stodden, D. F. (2019). Case study of a health optimizing physical education-based comprehensive school physical activity program. Evaluation and program planning, 72, 106-117.

Stewart, G., Webster, C. A., Brian, A., Stodden, D., Egan, C. A., & Weaver, R. G. (2018). Systematically Observed Movement Integration in a Low Socioeconomic School District: A Cross-Sectional, Observational Study. American Journal of Health Promotion, 1-7. DOI: 10.1177/0890117118819348. (Impact Factor: 1.60)

Sacko, R.S., Brazendale, K., Brian, A., McIver, K., Nesbitt, D., Pfeifer, C., *Stodden D.F. (2018). Comparison of Indirect Calorimetry- and Accelerometry-based Energy Expenditure During Object Project Skill Performance. Measurement in Physical Education and Exercise Science, 1-11. (Impact Factor: 1.67)

Ye, S., Lee, J., Stodden, D.F., Gao, Z. (2018). Impact of exergaming on children’s motor skill performance and health-related fitness: A quasi-experimental study. Journal of Clinical Medicine, 7(6). doi:10.3390/jcm709026.  (Impact Factor: 5.58)

Sacko, R. S., McIver, K., Brian, A., & Stodden, D. F. (2018). New insight for activity intensity relativity, metabolic expenditure during object projection skill performance. Journal of sports sciences, 1-7. (Impact Factor: 2.34)

Hulteen, R.M., Morgan, P.J., Barnett, L.M., Stodden, D.F. and Lubans, D.R. (2018). Development of foundational movement skills: A conceptual model for physical activity across the lifespan. Sports Medicine, 48(7), 1533-1540 (Impact Factor: 7.1)

Nesbitt, D. R., Molina, S., Sacko, R., Robinson, L., Brian, A., & Stodden, D. F. (2018). Examining the feasibility of supine-to-stand as a measure of functional motor competence. Journal of Motor Learning and Development, 1-34.

Brian, A., Haegele, J., Nesbitt, D., Lieberman, L., Bostick, L., Taunton, S., & Stodden, D. F. (2018). Perceptions of motor competence for children with and without visual impairments. Journal of Visual Impairments and Blindness.112(1),118-124.

+De Meester, A., Stodden, D. F., Brian, A., True, L., Ferkel, R., Goodway, J. D., Haerens, L. (2018). Identification of a motor competence proficiency barrier for meeting physical activity guidelines. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 21(1), 58-62. DOI: 10.1080/17408989.2017.1341474. (Impact Factor: 3.8)

Egan, C.A., Webster, C.A., Weaver, R.G., Brian, A., Stodden, D.F., Russ, L.B., Nesbitt, D., & Vazou, S. (2018). Partnerships for Active Children in Elementary Schools (PACES): First year process evaluation. Evaluation and Program Planning, 67, 61-69.

Lane, A. P., Molina, S. L., Tolleson, D. A., Langendorfer, S. J., Goodway, J. D., & *Stodden, D. F. (2017). Developmental sequences for the standing long jump landing: A pre-longitudinal screening. Journal of Motor Learning and Development. 1-26.

Khodaverdi, Z., Goodway, J. D., & Stodden, D. F. (2017). Associations between physical activity and health-related physical fitness across childhood. Turkish Journal of Sport and Science, 19(2), 169-176. DOI: 10.15314/tsed.315806.

Duncan, M., Lawson, C., Walker, L. J., Stodden D. F. & Eyre, E. (2017). The utility of the supine to stand test as a measure of functional motor competence in children aged 5-9 years old. Sports.

Molina, S. L. & *Stodden, D. F. (2017) Examining impulse-variability theory and the speed-accuracy trade-off in children’s overarm throwing performance. Motor Control. 1-23. (Impact Factor: 1.5)

+Lopes, V.P., Stodden, D. F., +Rodriguez, L.P. (2017). Effectiveness of Physical Education to Promote Motor Competence in Primary School Children. Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, 1-14. (Impact Factor: 1.6)

True, L., Brian, A., Goodway, J., *Stodden, D. F. (2017). Relationships among product and process-oriented measures of motor skill competence and perceived competence in boys and girls. Journal of Motor Learning and Development, 1-23.

+Ré, A.H.N., Logan, S., +Cattuzzo, M.T., +Henrique, R.D.S., Stodden, D.F. (2017). Comparison of motor competence levels on two assessments across childhood Journal of Sports Sciences, 1-6. (Impact Factor: 2.4)

Nesbitt, D. R., Molina, S., +Cattuzzo, M. T., Phillips, D. S., Robinson, L., & *Stodden, D. F. (2017). Assessment of a Supine-to-Stand (STS) task in early childhood: A measure of functional motor competence. Journal of Motor Learning and Development, 1-25. doi: 10.1123/jmld.2016-0049

+ Lima, R.A., Pfeiffer, K.A., Larsen, L.R., Bugge, A., Møller, N.C., Andersen, L.B., Stodden, D.F. (2017). Physical activity and motor competence present a positive reciprocal longitudinal relationship across childhood and early adolescence. Journal of Physical Activity & Health, 14, 440-447. (Impact Factor: 1.95)

Logan, S.W., Ross, S.M., Chee, K., Stodden, D.F., & Robinson, L.E. (2017). Fundamental motor skills: A systematic review of terminology. Journal of Sports Sciences. (Impact Factor: 2.4)

+ Lima, R.A., Pfeiffer, K.A., Bugge, A., Møller, N.C., Andersen, L.B., Stodden, D.F. (2017). Motor competence and cardiorespiratory fitness have greater influence on body fatness than physical activity across time. Scand J Med Sci Sport, 1-10. (Impact Factor: 3.3)

Gao, Z., Chen, S., Stodden, D.F., Xiang, P., Huang, C. (2017). Investigating elementary school children’s daily physical activity and sedentary behaviors during weekdays. Journal of Sports Sciences, 99-104. (Impact Factor: 2.4)

Gao, Z., Pope, Z., Lee, J., Stodden, D.F., Roncesvalles, N., Pasco, D., Huang, C., & Feng, D. (2017). Impact of exergaming on young children’s school day energy expenditure and moderate-to-vigorous physical activity levels. Journal of Sport and Health Science, 6, 11-16. (impact factor: 1.68)

Logan, S.W., +Barnett, L.M., Goodway, J.D., & *Stodden, D.F. (2017). Comparison of performance on process- and product-oriented assessment of fundamental motor skills across childhood. Journal of Sports Sciences. DOI:10.1080/02640414.2016.1183803 (Impact Factor: 2.4)

Stodden, D.F., Sacko, R., & Nesbitt, D. R. (2017). A Review of the Promotion of Fitness Measures and Health Outcomes in Youth. American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine, 11(3), 232-242. Invited

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.



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