Brendon P. McDermott

Brendon P. McDermott

Core Faculty Member

Associate Professor


(HHPR)-Health, Human Performance, & Recreation

Phone: 479-575-4670

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Dr. McDermott is trained as an athletic trainer and has extensive expertise in thermoregulation, heat illnesses, exertional sickling, hydration, and preventing sudden death in sport. He is a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine, the annual meeting chair for the Arkansas Athletic Trainers' Association, a committee member for the annual quiz bowl for the National Athletic Trainers' Association, a member of the free communications committee for the National Athletic Trainers' Association Research and Education Foundation. Dr. McDermott has over 50 peer-reviewed publications and has more than 80 professional presentations. He is also a member of the Medical and Science Advisory Board for the Korey Stringer Institute, advisory board for the Kendrick Fincher Hydration for Life Foundation, and the Center for Human Nutrition at the University of Arkansas.

Dr. McDermott's current research interests include kidney stress resulting from exercise in the heat and exercise dehydration, hydration for health, and exertional heat illness treatment. He is interested in the practical applications of interventions that prevent exertional heat illness acutely, or that may help prevent chronic diseases.

ATTR 5483 - Medical Conditions in Athletic Training

ATTR 5493 - Evidence-Based Practice in Athletic Training

ATTR 5453 - Therapeutic Modalities in Athletic Training

EXSC 5773 - Performance and Drugs

Ph.D., University of Connecticut, Exercise Science, 2009
M.S., Indiana University, Kinesiology, 2001
B.S., Northeastern University, Athletic Training, 2000

58. Butts CL, Spisla DL, Adams JD, Smith CR, Paulsen KM, Caldwell AR, Ganio MS, McDermott BP. Effectiveness of Ice-Sheet Cooling Following Exertional Hyperthermia. Mil Med. 2017;182(9):e1951-e1957. PMID: 28885961


57. Butts CL, Torretta ML, Smith CR, Petway AJ, McDermott BP. Effects of a Phase Change Cooling Garment During Exercise in the Heat. Eur J Sport Sci. 2017;17(8):1065-1073. PMID: 28685647


56. Caldwell AR, Robinson FB, Tucker MA, Arcement CH, Butts CL, McDermott BP, Ganio MS. Effect of Passive Heat Stress and Exercise in the Heat on Arterial Stiffness. Eur J Appl Physiol. 2017;117(8):1679-1687. PMID: 28612122


55. Smith CR, Butts CL, Adams JD, Tucker MA, Moyen NE, Ganio MS, McDermott BP. Effect of a Cooling Kit on Physiology and Performance Following Exercise in the Heat. J Sport Rehabil. 2017;Epub. PMID: 28605224.


54. Caldwell AR, Tucker MA, Burchfield J, Moyen NE, Satterfield AZ, Six A, McDermott BP, Mulvenon SW, Ganio MS. Hydration Status Influences the Measurement of Arterial Stiffness. Clin Physiol Funct Imaging. 2017;Epub. PMID: 28444935


53. Butts CL, Smith CR, Ganio MS, McDermott BP. Physiological and Perceptual Effects of a Cooling Garment During Simulated Industrial Work in the Heat. Appl Ergon. 2017;59(Pt A):442-448. PMID: 27890156.


52. Lee EC, Munoz CX, McDermott BP, Beasley KN, Yamamoto LM, Hom LL, Casa DJ, Armstrong LE, Kraemer WJ, Anderson JM, Maresh CM. Extracellular and Cellular HSP72 Differ as Biomarkers in Acute Exercise/Environmental Stress and Recovery. Scand J Med Sci Sports. 2017;27(1):66-74. PMID: 26643874


51. Luhring KE, Butts CL, Smith CR, Bonacci JA, Ylanan RC, Ganio MS, McDermott BP. Cooling Effectiveness of a Modified Cole-Water Immersion Method After Exercise-Induced Hyperthermia. J Athl Train. 2016;51(11):946-951. PMID: 27874299

50. Tucker MA, Caldwell AR, Butts CL, Robinson FM, Reynebeau HC, Kavouras SA, McDermott BP, Washington TA, Turner RC, Ganio MS. Effect of Hypohydration on Thermoregulatory Responses in Males with Low and High Body Fat Exercising in the Heat. J Appl Physiol. 2016;122(1):142-152. PMID: 27789773


49. Armstrong LE, Lee EC, Casa D, Johnson EC, Ganio MS, McDermott B, Vingren J, Oh HM, Williamson KH. Exertional Hyponatremia and Serum Sodium Change During Ultraendurance Cycling. IJSNEM. 2016;27(2):139-147. PMID: 27710151


48. Caldwell AR, Tucker MA, Butts CL, McDermott BP, Vingren JL, Kunces LJ, Lee EC, Munoz CX, Williamson K, Armstrong LE, Ganio MS. Effect of Caffeine on Perceived Soreness and Functionality Following an Endurance Cycling Event. J Strength Cond Res. 2016;31(3):638-643. PMID: 27552210


47. Luk HY, Levitt DE, Lee EC, Ganio MS, McDermott BP, Kupchak BR, McFarlin BK, Hill DW, Armstrong LE, Vingren JL. Pro- and anti-inflammatory cytokine responses to a 164-km road cycle ride in a hot environment. Eur J Appl Physiol. 2016;116(10):2007-2015. PMID: 27522585


46. Moyen NE, Burchfield JM, Butts CL, Glenn JM, Tucker MA, Treece K, Smith AJ, McDermott BP, Ganio MS. Effects of Obesity and Mild Hypohydration on Local Sweating and Cutaneous Vascular Resistance During Passive Heat Stress in Females. Appl Physiol Nutr Metab. 2016;41(8):879-887. PMID: 27455036


45. Butts CL, McDermott BP, Buening BJ, Bonacci JA, Ganio MS, Adams JD, Tucker MA, Kavouras SA. Physiologic and Perceptual Responses to Cold-Shower Cooling After Exercise-Induced Hyperthermia. J Athl Train. 2016;51(3):252-257. PMID: 26942657


44. Adams JD, Kavouras SA, Robillard JI, Bardis CN, Johnson EC, Ganio MS, McDermott BP, White MA. Fluid Balance of Adolescent Swimmers During Training. J Strength Cond Res. 2016;20(3):621-625. PMID: 26907836


43. Butts CL, Luhring KE, Smith CR, Tucker MA, Moyen NE, Ganio MS, McDermott BP. Effects of Mild Hyohydration on Cooling During Cold-Water Immersion Following Exertional Hyperthermia. Eur J Appl Physiol. 2016;116(4):687-695. PMID: 26781710


42. Moyen NE, Ganio MS, Wiersma LD, Kavouras SA, Gray M, McDermott BP, Adams JD, Binns AP, Judelson DA, McKenzie AL, Johnson EC, Munoz CX, Kunces LJ, Armstrong LE. Hydration Status Affects Mood State and Pain Sensation During Ultra-Endurance Cycling. J Sports Sci. 2015;33(18):1962-1969. PMID: 25793570


41. Rodik T, McDermott B. Platelet-rich Plasma Compared to Other Common Injection Therapies in the Treatment of Chronic Lateral Epicondylitis. J Sport Rehabil. 2016;25(1):77-82. PMID: 25474300


40. Yeargin SW, Finn ME, Eberman LE, Gage MJ, McDermott BP, Niemann A. Effect of Self-Administration Versus External Administration and Ad Libitum Fluid Consumption. J Athl Train. 2015;50(1):51-58. PMID: 25389698


39. Adams JD, McDermott BP, Ridings CB, Mainer LL, Ganio MS, Kavouras SA. Effect of Air-Filled Vest on Exercise-Heat Strain When Wearing Ballistic Protection. Ann Occup Hyg. 2014;58(8):1057-1064. PMID: 25000936


38. McDermott BP, Casa DJ, Lee E, Yamamoto L, Beasley K, Emmanuel H, Anderson J, Pescatello L, Armstrong LE, Maresh CM. Thermoregulation and Stress Hormone Recovery After Exercise Dehydration: Comparison of Rehydration Methods. J Athl Train. 2013;48(6):725-733. PMID: 24143900


37. McDermott BP, Lee EC, Yamamoto LM, Beasley KN, Armstrong LE, Anderson JS, Pescatello LS, Casa DJ, Maresh CM. Influence of Rehydration Mode Following Exercise Dehydration on Cardiovascular Function. J Strength Cond Res. 2013;27(8):2086-2095. PMID: 23615479


36. Casa DJ, Anderson SA, Baker L, Bennett S, Bergeron MF, Connolly D, Courson R, Drezner JA, Eichner ER, Epley B, Fleck S, Franks R, Guskiewicz KM, Harmon KG, Hoffman J, Holschen JC, Jost J, Kinniburgh A, Klossner D, Lopez RM, Martin G, McDermott BP, Mihalik JP, Myslinski T, Pagnotta K, Poddar S, Rodgers G, Russell A, Sales L, Sandler D, Stearns RL, Stiggins C, Thompson C. The Inter-Association Task Force for Preventing Sudden Death in Collegiate Conditioning Sessions: Best Practices Recommendations. J Athl Train. 2012;47(4):477-480. PMID: 22889664


35. Casa DJ, Guskiewicz KM, Anderson SA, Courson RW, Heck JF, Jimenez CC, McDermott BP, Miller MG, Swartz EE, Walsh KM, Stearns RL. National Athletic Trainers’ Association Position Statement: Preventing Sudden Death in Sport and Physical Activity. J Athl Train. 2012;47(1):96-118. PMID: 22488236


34. Poh PY, Armstrong LE, Casa DJ, Pescatello LS, McDermott BP, Emmanuel H, Maresh CM. Orthostatic Hypotension After 10 Days of Exercise-Heat Acclimation and 28 hours of Sleep Loss. Aviat Space Environ Med. 2012;83(4):403-411. PMID: 22462368


33. Armstrong LE, Ganio MS, Casa Dj, Lee EC, McDermott BP, Klau JF, Jiminez L, Le Bellego L, Chevillotte E, Lieberman HR. Mild Dehydration Affects Mood in Healthy Young Women. J Nutr. 2012;142(2):382-388. PMID: 22190027


32. Armstrong LE, Casa DJ, Emmanuel H, Ganio MS, Klau JF, Lee EC, Maresh CM, McDermott BP, Stearns RL, Vingren JL, Wingo JE, Williamson KH, Yamamoto LM. Nutritional, Physiological and Perceptual Responses During a Summer Ultra-Endurance Cycling Event. J Strength Cond Res. 2012;26(2):307-318. PMID: 22105054


31. Mazerolle SM, Pinkus D, Casa DJ, McDermott BP, Pagnotta K, Ruiz R, Armstrong LE, Maresh CM. Evidence-Based Medicine with the Recognition and the Recognition and Treatment of Exertional Heat Stroke, Part II: A Perspective From the Clinical Athletic Trainer. J Athl Train. 2011;46(5):533-542. PMID: 22488141


30. DeMartini JK, Ranalli GF, Casa DJ, Lopez RM, Ganio MS, Stearns RL, McDermott BP, Armstrong LE, Maresh CM. Comparison of Body Cooling Methods on Physiological and Perceptual Measures of Mildly Hyperthermic Athletes. J Strength Cond Res. 2011;25(8):2065-2074. PMID: 21760549


29. Emmanuel H, Casa DJ, Beasley KN, Lee EC, McDermott BP, Yamamoto LM, Armstrong LE, Maresh CM. Appearance of D2O in Sweat Following Oral and Oral-Intravenous Rehydration. Strength Cond Res. 2011;25(8):2092-2099. PMID: 21747289


28. Ganio MS, Armstrong LE, Casa DJ, McDermott BP, Lee EC, Yamamoto LM, Marzano S, Lopez RM, Jiminez L, Le Bellego L, Chevillotte E, Lieberman HR. Mild Dehydration Impairs Cognitive Performance and Mood of Men. Brit J Nutr. 2011;106:1535-1543. PMID: 21736786


27. McDermott BP (National Athletic Trainers’ Association and Korey Stringer Institute). Tips for Exercising Safely in the Heat. NASN Sch Nurse. 2011;26(4):230-232. PMID: 21877631


26. Lopez RM, Casa DJ, McDermott BP, Stearns RL, Armstrong LE, Maresh CM. Exertional Heat Stroke in the Athletic Setting: A Review of the Literature. Athl Train Sports Healthcare. 2010;2(7):1-12.


25. Ranalli G, Demartini JK, Casa DJ, McDermott BP, Armstrong LE, Maresh CM. Effect of Body Cooling on Subsequent Aerobic and Anaerobic Exercise Performance: A Systematic Review. Strength Cond Res. 2010;24(12):3488-3496. PMID: 21088554


24. O'Connor FG, Casa DJ, Bergeron MF, Carter R 3rd, Deuster P, Heled Y, Kark J, Leon L, McDermott B, O'Brien K, Roberts WO, Sawka M. American College of Sports Medicine Roundtable on Exertional Heat Stroke--Return to Duty/return to Play: Conference Proceedings. Curr Sports Med Rep. 2010;9(5):314-321. PMID: 20827100


23. Lee EC, Maresh CM, Kraemer WJ, Yamamoto LM, Hatfield DL, Bailey BL, Armstrong LE, Volek JS, McDermott BP, Craig SA. Ergogenic Effects of Betaine Supplementation on Strength and Power Performance. J Int Soc Sports Nutr. 2010;7:27-33. PMID: 20642826


22. Casa DJ, Armstrong LE, Carter R III, Lopez RM, McDermott BP, Scriber K. Historical Perspectives on Medical Care for Heat Stroke, Part 2: 1850 Through the Present. Athl Train Sports Health Care. 2010;2(4):178-190.


21. Casa DJ, Armstrong LE, Carter R III, Lopez RM, McDermott BP, Scriber K. Historical Perspectives on Medical Care for Heat Stroke, Part 1: Ancient Times Through the Nineteenth Century. Athl Train Sports Health Care. 2010;2(3):132-138.


20. Ganio MS, Klau JF, Lee EC, Yeargin SW, McDermott BP, Warren LW, Buyckx M, Maresh CM, Armstrong LE. Effect of Various Carbohydrate-Electrolyte Fluids on Cycling Performance and Maximal Voluntary Contraction. Int J Sport Nutr Exerc Metab. 2010;20(2):104-114. PMID:20479483


19. Mazerolle SM, Burton L, Scruggs IC, McDermott BP, Casa DJ, Maresh CM. Athletic Trainer Knowledge, Preference, and Practice of Exertional Heat Illness Recognition, Evaluation, and Treatment. J Athl Train. 2010;45(2):170-180. PMID: 20210621


18. Casa DJ, Stearns RL, Lopez RM, McDermott BP, Ganio MS, Armstrong LE, Maresh CM. The Effects of Dehydration on Body Temperature and Performance During Trail Running in the Heat. Athl Train. 2010;45(2):147-156. PMID: 20210618


17. Yeargin SW, Casa DJ, Judelson DJ, McDermott BP, Ganio MS, Lee EC, Lopez RM, Stearns RL, Anderson JM, Armstrong LE, Kraemer WJ, Maresh CM. Thermoregulatory Responses and Hydration Practices in Heat-Acclimatized Adolescents during Preseason High School Football. Athl Train. 2010;45(2):136-146. PMID: 20210617


16. Armstrong LE, Johnson EC, Casa DJ, Ganio MS, McDermott BP, Yamamoto LM, Lopez RM, Emmanuel H. The American Football Uniform: Uncompensable Heat Stress and Hyperthermic Exhaustion. J Athl Train. 2010;45(2):117-127. PMID: 20210615



15. Johnson E, Ganio MS, Lee EC, Lopez RM, McDermott BP, Casa DJ, Maresh CM, Armstrong LE. Perceptual Responses While Wearing an American Football Uniform in the Heat. J Athl Train. 2010;45(2):107-116. PMID: 20210614


14. Beasley KB, Lee EC, McDermott BP, Emmanuel H, Yamamoto LM, Armstrong LE, Casa DJ, Maresh CM, Kreamer WJ. The Effect of Oral Versus Intravenous Rehydration on Circulating Myoglobin and Creatine Kinase. J Strength Cond Res. 2010;24(1):60-67. PMID: 20042925


13. McDermott BP, Casa DJ, Yeargin SW, Ganio MS, Lopez RM, Mooradian EA, Maresh CM. Examining Sweat Rate, Sweat Electrolyte Composition, and Hydration Habits of Youths at a Five day Summer Football Camp. J Sport Rehab. 2009;18(4):535-552. PMID: 20108854


12. Stearns RL, Casa DJ, Lopez RM, McDermott BP, Ganio MS, Armstrong LE, Maresh CM. Influence of Hydration Status on Pacing During Trail Running in the Heat. J Strength Cond Res. 2009;23(9):2533-2541. PMID: 19675477


11. Armstrong LE, Klau JE, Ganio MS, McDermott BP, Yeargin SW, Lee EC, Maresh CM. Accumulation of 2H2O in Plasma and Eccrine Sweat During Exercise-Heat Stress. Eur J Appl Physiol Occ Physiol. 2010;108(3):477-482. PMID: 19841933


10. McDermott BP, Casa DJ, Adams B, Bunt CW, O’Connor F, Brennan AH, Troyanos C, Yeargin SW, Armstrong LE. Cold Water Dousing with Ice Massage to Treat Exertional Heat Stroke: A Case Series. Aviation Space Environ Med. 2009;80(8):720-722. PMID: 19653575


9. Ganio MS, Casa DJ, Brown CM, Becker SM, Yeargin SW, McDermott BP, Blowers JA, Boots LM, Boyd PW, Armstrong LE, Maresh CM. Examining the Validity of Devices that Assess Body Temperature During Indoor Exercise in the Heat. J Athl Train. 2009;44(2):124-135. PMID: 19295956


8. Mazerolle SM, McDermott BP, Burns MF. Female Athlete Triad Leading to a Distal Femoral Shaft Stress Fracture in a Collegiate Cross-Country Runner. Athl Train Sports Health Care. 2009;1(2).


7. Lopez RM, McDermott BP, Casa DJ. Does Creatine Supplementation Hinder Exercise Heat Tolerance or Hydration Status? A Systematic Review With Meta-Analyses. J Athl Train. 2009;44(2):215-223. PMID: 19295968


6. McDermott BP, Ganio MS, Casa DJ. Acute Whole-Body Cooling for Exercise-Induced Hyperthermia: A Systematic Review. J Athl Train. 2009;44(1):84-93. PMID: 19180223


5.Casa DJ, Ganio MS, Lopez RM, McDermott BP. Intravenous Versus Oral Rehydration: Physiological, Performance and Legal Considerations. Curr Sports Med Rep. 2008;7(4):S41-S49.


4. McDermott BP, Lopez RM, Casa DJ. Exertional Heat Stroke Basics: What Strength and Conditioning Coaches Need to Know. Strength Cond. J. 2008;30(3):29-32.


3. Mazerolle SM, McDermott BP, Silverberg EJ. Bilateral Exertional Compartment Syndrome Involving a Fifth Lower Leg Compartment: A Case Report. Athletic Therapy Today. 2008;13(3):20-23.


2. McDermott BP, Casa DJ, Armstrong LE, Yeargin SW, Ganio MS, Maresh CM. Recovery and Return to Play Following Exertional Heat Stroke: Considerations for the Sports Medicine Staff. Sport Rehab. 2007;16(3):163-181. PMID: 17923722


1. Casa DJ, McDermott BP, Lee E, Yeargin SW, Armstrong LE, Maresh CM. Cold-water Immersion: The Gold-Standard for Exertional Heat Stroke Treatment. Exerc Sport Sci Rev. 2007;35(3):141-149. PMID: 17620933

University of Arkansas, Associate Professor/Clinical Education Coordinator, 2016-present

University of Arkansas, Assistant Professor/Clinical Education Coordinator, 2012-2016

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Assistant Professor/Clinical Coordinator/Assistant Athletic Trainer, Co-Director of Applied Physiology Laboratory, 2009-2012

University of Connecticut, Laboratory Instructor/Doctoral Research Assistant, 2005-2009

King’s College, Assistant Clinical Professor/Assistant Athletic Trainer, 2001-2005

Memorial Day Classic AAU Basketball Tournament, Sports Medicine Director, June, 2001

Bloomington High School South, Head Athletic Trainer, 2000-2001