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Donald Diboll, Ph.D.

School of Natural Sciences

Education history

  • Ph.D., Exercise Physiology, University of Southern Mississippi, 1993
  • M.S., Exercise Physiology, University of Southern Mississippi, 1990
  • B.S., Athletic Administration and Coaching, Teaching Credential in Biology/General Science, University of Southern Mississippi, 1987


Donald (Don, "Dr. D.") Diboll has been teaching in the field of exercise science/kinesiology in California for over 26 years. He has been at Fresno Pacific in the Kinesiology Department for 15 years; he also taught over 10 years in the California State University System (CSU, Bakersfield; Fresno State). His favorite courses to teach are biomechanics, anatomical kinesiology, fitness assessment, exercise prescription, and exercise physiology.

In addition to teaching, Don helped to develop the courses and academic programs in the Kinesiology Department. He also developed and oversees the department's Human Performance Laboratory. The lab serves the teaching and research needs of the department. It was developed with students in mind to give them meaningful hands-on experience with different exercise science topics. He also lead the development of the FPU Fitness Center and directed this facility for several years.

Besides teaching and service, Don also has an interest in conducting research. His interests include muscular force and power production during resistance exercise as well as testing functional movement capacity. He enjoys involving students in his research and has done so with both graduate and undergraduate students. Several of the names listed in the presentations below are former students.

Selected works

  • Diboll, D. (2020, October 8–9) Affordable, easy-to-use technology for teaching biomechanics labs. 65th Western Society for Kinesiology and Wellness Annual Conference, Virtual conference.
  • Cantrell, A., & Diboll, D. (2019, October 25–26). Muscular force and power output differences between free weight and pneumatic resistance in the squat exercise. Southwest American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, Newport Beach, CA.
  • Pauls, S., & Diboll, D. (2017, November 2–4). Breaking down the silos: Using microcircuit technology and PBL to promote STEM learning across disciplines. Association of American Colleges and Universities: Transforming STEM Higher Education: Discovery, Innovation, and the Value of Evidence, San Francisco, CA.
  • Diboll, D., Marr, E., Seymour, D., & Garcia, R. (2017, May 30–June 3). Relationship between anthropometrics, body composition, and functional movement quality. American College of Sports Medicine 64th Annual Meeting, Denver, CO.
  • Waite, S. & Diboll, D. (2015, October 16–17). The relationship of BMI and FMS scores in collegiate athletes. Southwest Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, Costa Mesa, CA.
  • Diboll, D., Lilles, A., & Alvarez, J. (2015, May 26–30). The relationship between Y balance test performance and muscular power. American College of Sports Medicine 62nd Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA.
  • Diboll, D. (2011, May 31–June 4). The relationship between the overhead squat test and two sit-and-reach tests. American College of Sports Medicine 58th Annual Meeting, Denver, CO.
  • Diboll, D. (2010, October 22–23): The overhead squat and sit-and-reach tests: Are the results related? [Poster presentation]. Southwest Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA.
  • Diboll D.C., Moffit J.K. (2003) A comparison of bioelectrical impedance and near-infrared interactance to skinfold measures in determining minimum wrestling weight in collegiate wrestlers. Journal of Exercise Physiology Online, 6(2), 26–36.
  • Diboll D.C., Boone W.T., Lindsey L.R. (1999). Cardiovascular and metabolic responses during 30 minutes of treadmill exercise shortly after consuming a small, high-carbohydrate meal. International Journal of Sports Medicine, 20, 384–389.

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