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Dr. Margaret T. Jones
PhD, University of Georgia
Professor
Center for Sport Management
Sport and Recreation Studies
Sport Management

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Phone: (703) 993-3247
Fax: (703) 993-2025
Email: mjones15 (@gmu.edu)

George Mason University
Fairfax Campus
Krug Hall 211F
4400 University Dr.
MS 4D2
Fairfax, VA 22030

Profile

Dr. Jones earned a BA from the University of Tennessee (English), an MEd from the University of Houston (Exercise Science), a PhD from the University of Georgia (Exercise Physiology), and completed an NIH Postdoctoral Fellow at Cornell University (Physiology). She holds Fellow status in the American College of Sports Medicine and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), and is an NSCA-Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. She served on the NSCA Board of Directors from 2017-2020, and was honored as the 2008 NSCA Educator of the Year. In 2014, Dr.Jones was awarded a George Mason University OSCAR Mentoring Excellence Award. She has authored publications in the area of human performance and athlete health in peer-reviewed academic journals, and has presented regionally, nationally, and internationally. Dr. Jones participates in editorial and review activities for several journals, including Associate Editor-in-Chief, Strength and Conditioning Journal, and Senior Associate Editor, Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. A Beck Foundation Faculty Fellow, Dr. Jones serves as the Director of the Patriot Performance Laboratory of the Frank Pettrone Center for Sports Performance at George Mason University.

Research Interests

Human Performance and Athlete Health

  • Assessment of Musculoskeletal Strength and Power
  • Methods for Neuromuscular Development
  • Nutrition Practices and Dietary Habits
Recent Publications

Peer-reviewed Published Articles (2016-present):

  1. Merrigan, J.J., Tufano, J.J., Falzone, M., and Jones, M.T. (2021) Effectiveness of accentuated eccentric loading: Contingent on concentric load. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance 16(1), 66-72. PMID: 33186894
  2. Magee, M.K., Lockard, B.L., Zabriskie, H.A., Schaefer, A.Q., Luedke, J.A., Erickson, J.L., Jones, M.T., and Jagim, A.J. (2020) Prevalence of low energy availability in collegiate women soccer athletes. Journal of Functional Morphology and Kinesiology 5(96), 1-9. PMID: 33467311
  3. Merrigan, J.J., Jones, M.T., Padecky, J., Malecek, J., Omcirk, D., and Scott, B.R., and Tufano, J.J. (2020) Impact of rest-redistribution on fatigue during maximal eccentric knee extensions. Journal of Human Kinetics 74, 205-214. DOI: 10.2478/hukin-2020-0028 
  4. Merrigan, J.J., Dabbs, N.C. and Jones, M.T. (2020) Isometric mid-thigh pull kinetics: Sex differences and response to whole-body vibration. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research 34(9), 2407-2411. PMID: 32865941.
  5. Merrigan, J.J., Tufano, J.J., Fields, J.B., Oliver, J.M., and Jones, M.T. (2020) Rest redistribution does not alter hormone responses in resistance-trained women. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research 34(7), 1867-1874. PMID: 32598121.
  6. Jagim, AR., Murphy, J., Shafer, A.Q., Askow, A.T., Luedke, J.A., Erickson, J.L., and Jones, M.T. (2020) Match demands of women’s collegiate soccer. Sports 8(6), 1-11. PMID: 32545603
  7. Calleja-Gonzalez, J., Marques-Jimenez, D., Jones, M.T., Hughes, D.T., Navarro, F., Delextrat, A., Jukic, I., Ostojic, S., Sampaio, J., Schelling, X., Alcaraz, P., Sanchez-Bañuelos, F., Leibar, X., Mielgo-Ayuso, J., Terrados, N. (2020) What are we doing wrong when athletes report higher levels of fatigue from traveling than from training or competition? Frontiers in Psychology 11, 194. PMID: 32153454
  8. Fields, J.B., Esco, M.R., Merrigan, J.J., White, J.B., and Jones, M.T. (2020) Internal training load measures during a competitive season in collegiate women lacrosse athletes. International Journal of Exercise Science 13(4), 778-788. PMID: 32509129
  9. Merrigan, J.J., Gallo, S., Fields, J.B., Mehlenbeck, R., and Jones, M.T. (2020) Relationships among metabolic-risk, body fatness, and muscular fitness in young obese Latino children. International Journal of Exercise Science 13(3), 488-500. PMID: 32509118
  10. Sekel, N., Gallo, S., Fields, J., Jagim, A.R., Wagner, T., and Jones, M.T. (2020) The effects of cholecalciferol supplementation on vitamin D status among a diverse population of collegiate basketball athletes: A quasi-experimental trial. Nutrients. 12(370), 1-13. PMID: 32023809 
  11. Fields, J.B., Gallo, S., Worswick, J.M., Busteed, D.R., and Jones, M.T. (2020) 25-Hydroxyvitamin D, vitamin D binding protein, bioavailable 25-Hydroxyvitamin D, and body composition in a diverse sample of women collegiate indoor athletes. Journal of Functional Morphology and Kinesiology 5, (32), 1-9. PMID: 33467248
  12. Merrigan, J.J., Tufano, J.J., Oliver, J.M., White, J.B., Fields, J.B., and Jones, M.T. (2020) Reducing the loss of velocity and power in women athletes via rest redistribution. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance 15(2), 255-261. PMID: 31188704
  13. Gallo, S., Jones, M.T., Doig, A.C., Kogan, K., Fields, J., Wonderlich, J., Hansen, A., Lacharite, K., and Mehlenbeck, R. (2020) Feasibility of a multidisciplinary and culturally-adapted pediatric weight management program for Latino families: Results from the Vidas Activas y Familias Saludables (VALÉ) Pilot Study. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior 52(1), 55-63.  PMID: 31706793
  14. Fields, J.B., Payne, D.C., Gallo, S., Busteed, D., and Jones, M.T. (2019) Vitamin D status differs by sex, sport-season, and skin pigmentation among elite collegiate basketball players. Sports 7(239), 1-9. PMID: 31752086
  15. Merrigan, J.J., Jones, M.T., and White, J.B. (2019) A comparison of compound set and traditional set resistance training in women: Changes in muscle strength, endurance, quantity, and architecture. Journal of Science in Sport and Exercise 1(3), 264-272. doi.org/10.1007/s42978-019-00030-8
  16. Calleja-González, J., Mielgo-Ayuso, J., Ostojic, S.M., Jones, M.T., Caparros, T., and Terrados, N. (2019) Evidence-based post-exercise recovery strategies in rugby: a narrative review. The Physician and Sportsmedicine 47(2), 137-147. PMID: 30369286
  17. Stone, J.D., King, A.C., Mata, J.D., Goto, S., Hannon, J., Garrison, J.C., Bothwell, J., Jagim, A.R., Jones, M.T., and Oliver, J.M. (2019) Joint-level analyses of the back squat with and without intra-set rest. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance 14(5), 583-598. PMID: 30427251
  18. Jagim, A.R., Camic, C.L., Askow, A., Luedke, J., Erickson, J., Kerksick, C., Jones, M.T., and Oliver, J.M. (2019) Sex differences in resting metabolic rate among athletes. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research 33(11), 3008-3014. PMID: 30199450
  19. Stone, J.D., Kreutzer, A., Mata, J.D., Nystrom, M.G., Jagim, A.R., Jones, M.T., and Oliver, J.M. (2019) Changes in creatine kinase and hormones over the course of an American football season. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research 33(9), 2481-2487. PMID: 28394834
  20. Jones, M.T., Oliver, J.M., Delgado, J.C., Merrigan, J.J., Jagim, A.R., and Robison, C.E. (2019) Effect of acute complex training on upper body force and power in collegiate wrestlers. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research 33(4), 902-909. PMID: 29470365
  21. Askow, A.T., Merrigan, J.J., Neddo, J.M., Oliver, J.M., Stone, J.D., Jagim, A.R, and Jones, M.T. (2019) Effect of strength on velocity and power during back squat exercise in resistance-trained men and women. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research 33(1), 1-7. PMID: 30431534
  22. Lockie, R.G., Dawes, J.J., and Jones, M.T. (2018) Comparison of lower-body power, sprint acceleration, and change-of-direction speed between NCAA Division I and II male soccer players. The Journal of Australian Strength and Conditioning 26(7), 47-53.
  23. Askow, A.T., Stone, J.D., Arndts, D.A., King, A.C., Goto, S., Hannon, J.P., Garrison, J.C., Bothwell, J.M., Esposito, P.E., Jagim, A.R., Jones, M.T., Jennings, W., and Oliver, J.M. (2018) Validity and reliability of a commercially-available velocity and power testing device. Sports 6(170), 1-8. PMID: 30544687
  24. Fields, J.B., Merrigan, J.J., White, J.B., and Jones, M.T. (2018) Body composition variables by sport and sport-position in elite collegiate athletes. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research 32(11), 3153-3159. PMID: 30239454
  25. Merrigan, J.J., White, J.B., Hu, Y.E, Stone, J.D., Oliver, J.M., and Jones, M.T. (2018) Differences in elbow extensor muscle characteristics between resistance-trained men and women. European Journal of Applied Physiology 118, 2359-2366. PMID: 30097710
  26. Merrigan, J.J., Gallo, S., Fields, J.B., and Jones, M.T.  (2018) Foot-to-foot bioelectrical impedence, air displacement plethysmography, and dual energy x-ray absorptiometry in resistance-trained men and women. International Journal of Exercise Science 11(4), 1145-1155. 
  27. Fields, J.B., Metoyer, C.J., Casey, J.C., Esco, M.R., Jagim, A.R., and Jones, M.T. (2018) Comparison of body composition variables across a large group of NCAA women athletes from six competitive sports. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research 32(9), 2452-2457. PMID: 29189580
  28. Fields, J.B., Merrigan, J.J., White, J.B., and Jones, M.T. (2018) Seasonal and longitudinal changes in body composition by sport-position in NCAA division I basketball athletes. Sports 6(85), 1-7. PMID: 30135356
  29. Jagim, A.R., Camic, C.L., Kisiolek, J., Luedke, J.L., Erickson, J., Jones, M.T., and Oliver, J.M. (2018) Accuracy of resting metabolic rate prediction equations in athletes. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research 32(7), 1875-1881. PMID: 28682934
  30. Lockie, R.G., Dawes, J.J., and Jones, M.T. (2018) Relationships between linear speed and lower-body power with change-of-direction speed in National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I and II women soccer athletes. Sports 6, 30, 1-12. PMID: 29910334
  31. Jagim, A.R., Dominy, T.A., Camic, C.L., Wright, G., Doberstein, S., Jones, M.T., and Oliver, J.M. (2018) Acute effects of the elevation training mask on strength performance in recreational weight lifters.  Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research 32(2), 482-489. PMID: 29084093
  32. Oliver, J.M., Jones, M.T., Anzalone, A.J., Kirk, K.M., Gable, D.A., Repshas, J.T., Johnson, T.A., Höglund, K., Blennow, K., and Zetterberg, H. (2017) A season of American football is not associated with changes in plasma tau. Journal of Neurotrauma 34(23), 3295-3300. PMID: 28682934
  33. Oliver, J.M., Holt, C., Jenke, S.C., Stone, J.D., Jagim, A.R., and Jones, M.T. (2017) The effect of physical readiness training on reserve officers’ training corps freshmen cadets. Military Medicine 182(11), e1981-e1986. PMID: 29087868
  34. Hull, M.V., Neddo, J., Jagim, A.R., Oliver, J.M. Greenwood, M., and Jones, M.T. (2017) Availability of a sports dietitian may lead to improved performance and recovery of NCAA Division I baseball athletes. Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition 14 (29), 1-8. PMID: 28811750
  35.  Jones, M.T., Martin, J.R., Jagim, A.R., and Oliver, J.M. (2017) Effect of direct whole body vibration on upper body muscular power in recreational, resistance-trained men. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research 31(5), 1371–1377. PMID: 27787468
  36. Jagim, A.R., Wright, G.A., Kisiolek, J., Jones, M.T., and Oliver, J.M. (2017) Position specific changes in body composition, hydration status, and metabolism during preseason training camp and nutritional habits of Division III football players. The Open Sports Sciences Journal 10, 17-26.  DOI: 10.2174/1875399X01710010017
  37. Jagim, A.R., Rader, O., Jones, M.T., and Oliver, J.M. (2017) Physical demands of multi-modal training competitions and their relationship to measures of performance. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research 31(5), 1212–1220. PMID: 28415064
  38. Anzalone, A.J., Blueitt, D., Case, T., McGuffin, T., Pollard, K.M., Garrison, J.C., Jones, M.T., Pavur, R.J., Turner, S.M., and Oliver, J.M. (2017) Positive vestibular/ocular motor screening (VOMS) increases recovery time following sports-related concussion in youth and adolescent athletes. American Journal of Sports Medicine 45(2), 474-479. PMID:27789472
  39. Merrigan, J.J., Tynan, M.N., Oliver, J.M., Jagim, A.R., and Jones, M.T. (2017) Effect of post-exercise whole body vibration with stretching on mood state, fatigue, and soreness in collegiate swimmers. Sports 5(1), 7, 1-9. PMID: 29910367
  40. Oliver, J.M., Jenke, S., Mata, J.D., Kreutzer, A., and Jones, M.T. (2016) Acute effect of cluster set and traditional set configurations on myokines associated with hypertrophy. International Journal of Sports Medicine 37(13), 1019-1024. PMID: 27676149
  41. Hull, M.V., Jagim, A.R., Oliver, J.M. Greenwood, M., Busteed, D.R., and Jones, M.T. (2016) Gender differences and access to a sports dietitian influence dietary habits of collegiate athletes. Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition 13 (38), 1-16. PMID: 27777542
  42. Oliver, J.M., Almada, A.L., Brace, L., Shah, M., Mitchell, J.B., Jones, M.T., Jagim, A.R., and Rowlands, D.S. (2016) Ingestion of high molecular weight carbohydrate enhances subsequent repeated maximal power: A randomized controlled trial. PLOS ONE DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0163009 eCollection  2016. PMID: 27636206
  43. Oliver, J.M., Jones, M.T., Kirk, K.M., Gable, D.A., Repshas, J.T., Johnson, T.A., Andreasson, U., Norgren, N., Blennow, K., and Zetterberg, H. (2016) Serum neurofilament light in American football athletes over the course of a season. Journal of Neurotrauma 33, 1784-1789. PMID: 26700106
  44. Oliver, J.M., Jones, M.T., Kirk, K.M., Gable, D.A., Repshas, J.T., Johnson, T.A., Andreasson, U., Norgren, N., Blennow, K., and Zetterberg, H. (2016) Effect of Docosahexaenoic acid on a biomarker of head trauma in American football. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise 48(6), 974-982. PMID: 26765633
  45. Jones, M.T., Jagim, A.R., Haff, G.G., Carr, P.J., Martin, J., and Oliver, J.M. (2016) Greater strength drives difference in power between sexes in conventional deadlift. Sports 4(3), 43, 1-10. PMID: 29910289
  46. White, J.B., Dorian, T.P., and Jones, M.T. (2016) Lateral squats significantly decrease sprint time in collegiate baseball athletes. Sports 4(1), 19, 1-9. PMID: 29910266
  47. Jagim, A.R., Jones, M.T., Wright, G.A., St. Antoine, C., Kovacs, A., and Oliver, J.M. (2016) The acute effects of multi-ingredient pre-workout ingestion on strength performance, lower body power, and anaerobic capacity. Journal of the International Society of Sport Nutrition 13(11), 1-10. PMID: 26962303
  48. Mata, J.D., Oliver, J.M. Jagim, A.R., and Jones, M.T. (2016) Sex differences in strength and power support the use of a mixed-model approach to resistance training programming. Strength and Conditioning Journal 38(2), 2-7.
  49. Oliver, J.M., Kreutzer, A., Jenke, S.C., Phillips, M.D., Mitchell, J.B., and Jones, M.T. (2016) Velocity drives power observed during back squat using cluster sets. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research 30(1), 235-243. PMID: 26121432