Wayne State University

Hermann-Josef Engels

Hermann-Josef  Engels
Professor - Exercise Physiology
267 Matthaei Bldg.

Office Hours: Fall 2017 Semester

Tuesdays & Thursdays 9:00am-11:00am

Mondays & Wednesday: 4:30pm-5:30pm

also by individual appointment and email
(313) 577-5896


Doctor of Philosophy (1989) - Exercise Physiology / Movement Science Education
Florida State University, Tallahasee, FL

Master of Science (1984) - Physical Education / Sports Medicine
Florida International University, Miami, FL

Bachelor of Science (1983) - Physical Education
Florida International University, Miami, FL

Vordiplom (1981) - Sportwissenschaft; German Sport University (Deutsche Sporthochschule), Cologne, Germany

Research Interests

My research program focuses on the examination of the acute and chronic physiological response to exercise and physical activity in humans. I am committed to advancing the existing body of scientific knowledge about how exercise and physical activity can affect health and functional abilities in pediatric and adult populations. Current and past areas of scholarly pursuit include...

- youth and sports

- the link between exercise, mucosal immunity, and upper respiratory tract infections

- the study of nutritional aspects of exercise (caffeine, ginseng, echinacea)

- the interaction between exercise and sleep

My students and I also regularly conduct experiments that serve to address a range of other clinically relevant topics. Examples of past research projects in this area include examinations of the feasability of advanced technologies (e.g., body core temperature capsules, thoracic impedance cardiography) for exercise studies, the efficacy of  selected devices designed to modulate exercise responses (e.g., fitness vests, mouthgards), and the effects of different warm-up procedures on performance outcomes.  

Courses Taught

  • Physiology of Exercise I
  • Physiology of Exercise II
  • Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription
  • Lifestyle Fitness Activities Program (Weight Training and Fitness)

Awards & Honors

AAHPERD Midwest District Scholar Award
Fellow, AAHPERD Research Consortium
Fellow, ACSM


SIgA and upper respiratory syndrome during a college cross country season
Fahlman, M., Engels, H.-J., & Hall, H.L. 2017   ACSM, Denver, CO
Salivary IgA responses to graded maximal exercise (VO2max) testing in healthy adolescent females
Engels, H.-J., Adedugbe, O.E., Fahlman, M.M., & Yarandi, H.E. 2014   ACSM, Orlando, FL
Effects of acute caffeine intake on Wingate test performance in a creatine supplemented state
Seaton, A., Marks, C.R.C., Seaton M.J., Engels, H-J., & Hew-Butler, T. 2013   ACSM, Indianapolis, IN
Body warming prior to bedtime fails to affect subjective sleep quality and bedtime/daytime sleepiness
Engels, H.-J., Davis, J.E., Yarandi, H.N., & Galloway, T. 2012   ACSM, San Francisco, CA
Acute and chronic effects of exercise on salivary IgA and URTI in post menopausal women
Sloan, C.A., Engels, H.-J., Fahlman, M.M., Yarandi, H.N. & Davis, J.E. 2011   ACSM, Denver, CO.
Sleep, sleep quality, and daytime sleepiness in estrogen deficient post-menopausal women
Davis, J.E., Engels, H.-J., Yarandi, H.N. & Padiyar, J.P. 2010   SLEEP 2010 - 24th APSS Annual Meeting; San Antonio, TX.
Effects of selected body warming interventions on objective sleep characteristics in women with insomnia
Engels, H.-J., Davis, J.E., Yarandi, H.N., & Galloway T. 2010   ACSM, Baltimore, MD.
Predictability of anthropometric factors on two balance tests in children
Benedict, Jr., R.J., Lai, Q., Li G., Yu, H., & Engels H.-J. 2010   ACSM, Baltimore, MD.
Acute effects of dental appliances on upper and lower isokinetic muscle function
Dau, N, Sherman, D., Bolander R., Bir C., & Engels, H.-J. 2009   27th International Conference on Biomechanics in Sports, Limerick, Ireland.
Place kicking kinematics following static and dynamic stretching warm-ups in young female soccer players
Pius, R., White, R.L., Lai, Q., & Engels, H.-J. 2009   ACSM, Seattle, WA.
Comparison of selected warm-up procedures in young female soccer players
Engels, H.-J., White, R.L., & Lai, Q. 2009   AAHPERD, Tampa, FL.
In search of a relationship between body mass index classification and balance acquisition
Benedict, R.J., Qin, L., Engels H.-J., & Erbaugh, S. 2009   AAHPERD, Tampa, FL.
2009 AAHPERD Midwest District Scholar Lecture - Ginseng and Exercise: Past, Present, and Future
Engels, H.-J. 2009   MAHPERD, Traverse City, MI.
Core body temperature and the symptom of sleep disruption
Davis, J., Engels, H-J., & Yarandi, H. 2009   33rd Annual Midwest Nursing Research Society (MWNRS) Research Conference, Minneapolis, MN.


Salivary immunoglobulin A in healthy adolescent females: effects of maximal exercise, physical activity, body composition, and diet
Engels, H.-J., Kendall, B.J, Fahlman, M., Gothe, N., & Bourbeau, K.C.   2017 Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness (In press; Epub Sept 2017)
SIgA and upper respiratory syndrome during a college cross country season
Fahlman, M.M., Engels, H.-J., & Hall, H.   2017 Sports Medicine International Open 1 E188-E194
Effects of exercise on S-IgA and URS in postmenopausal women
Sloan, C.A., Engels, H.-J., Fahlman, M.M., Yarandi, H.N. & Davis, J.E.   2013 International Journal of Sports Medicine 34 81-86 (Epub August 28, 2012)
Effect of caffeine on LT, VT, and HRVT
Karapetian, G.K., Engels, H.-J., Gretebeck K.A., & Gretebeck, R.J.   2012 International Journal of Sports Medicine 33(7) 507-513 (Epub April 12, 2012)
Race Walking - A Sport Not Just for Olympic Athletes
Yu, H, Engels, H.-J, & Lai Q   2011 MAHPERD Journal Fall 12-13
Selected Papers (prior to 2010)
Utility of an ingestible capsule for core temperature measurements during body warming
Engels, H.-J., Yarandi, H.N. & Davis J.E.   2009 Journal of Exercise Physiology 12(1) 1-9
School physical education, physical activity, and fitness: their relationship to student learning - an update
Harrington, S. & Engels, H.-J.   2009 MAHPERD Journal, Spring, 21-23
Use of heart rate variability to estimate lactate threshold. and ventilatory threshold
Karapetian, G., Engels, H.-J., Gretebeck, R.   2008 International Journal of Sports Medicine 29(8) 652-657 (Epub January 22, 2008)
REE and DOMS following full-body resistance exercise with an eccentric concentration
Hackney, K.J., Engels, H.-J., & Gretebeck, R.J.   2008 Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research 22(5) 1605-1609
Echinacea purpurea and mucosal Immunity.
Hall, H.L., Fahlman, M.M., Engels, H.-J.   2007 International Journal of Sports Medicine 28 (9) 792-797 (Epub April 13, 2007)
Current views on static stretching as part of a pre-exercise warm-up routine
Engels, H-J., & White, R.   2007 MAHPERD Journal, Winter, 2-3
Promoting healthful diets and exercise: efficacy of a 12-week after-school program in urban African Americans
Engels, H.-J., Gretebeck, R., Gretebeck, K., & Jimenez, L.   2005 Journal of the American Dietetic Association 105(3) 455-459
Effects of caffeine on linear and nonlinear measures of heart rate variability before and after exercise
Yeragani, V.K., Krishnan, S., Engels, H.-J., & Gretebeck, R.   2005 Depression and Anxiety 21(3) 130-134
Mucosal IgA and URTI in American college football players: a year longitudinal study.
Fahlman, M.M., & Engels, H.-J.   2005 Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise 37(3) 374-380
Comparison of mucosal IgA response to intense interval exercise in male and female active adults
Engels, H.-J., Fahlman, M.M., Morgan, A.L., & Formolo, L.   2004 Journal of Exercise Physiology 7(5) 21-26
Panax ginseng not an effective ergogenic aid
Engels, H.-J., Fahlman, M.M., & Wirth, J.C.   2003 Focus on Alternative and Complementary Therapies 8(4) 404-406
Effects of ginseng on secretory IgA, performance and recovery from exhausting interval exercise
Engels, H.-J., Fahlman, M.M., & Wirth, J.C.   2003 Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise 35(4) 690-696
Bench/step training with and without extremity loading: Effects on muscular fitness, body composition profile, and psychological affect
Engels, H.-J., Currie, J., Lueck, C., & Wirth, J. C.   2002 Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness 42(1) 71-78
Changes in preadolescents' Stage of Change for exercise behavior following "Healthy Kids 2000 - Get With It."
Cardinal, B.J., Engels, H.-J., & Smouter, J.   2001 American Journal of Medicine & Sports 3 272-278
Effects of ginseng supplementation on supramaximal exercise performance and short-term recovery
Engels, H.-J., Kolokouri, I., & Wirth, J.C.   2001 Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research 15(3) 290-295