J. Luke Pryor


J. Luke Pryor.

J. Luke Pryor


J. Luke Pryor


Clinical Assistant Professor
Associate Director of Elite Athlete Performance, Center for Research and Education in Special Environments

Research Topics

Heat stress and hydration effects on health and exercise performance; Exercise physiology; Lower extremity injury prevention; Elite athlete health and performance (blood biomarker monitoring, pacing strategy, heat acclimation, exertional heat illness prevention strategies, hydration)

Contact Information

208 Kimball

Buffalo NY, 14214

Phone: (716) 829-5433

Fax: (716) 829-2428


Overview Publications


Dr. J. Luke Pryor is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Exercise and Nutrition Sciences Department at the University at Buffalo. The primary theme that unifies his research interests and expertise is located at the intersection of health and performance in physically active populations. His current research investigates hydration and heat acclimation induction and retention techniques that optimize their ergogenic and prophylactic utility. Additionally, he is exploring the effectiveness of blood biomarker monitoring in managing elite athlete health and performance. Over the last several years he has published the effects of a preventative training program and athletic surface type on lower extremity movement technique and injury risk.

Luke has worked with several industry partners and elite athletes including Timex sponsored triathletes, the New York Football Giants, US Rowing, Quest Diagnostics Inc., Keiser Inc., and numerous NCAA athletes and teams. At the Falmouth Road Race, Boston Marathon, and CIF cross-country championships he served as an athletic trainer to prevent, recognize, and treat exertional heat illnesses.

Education and Training

  • PhD in Kinesiology, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
  • MS in Exercise and Sport Sciences, Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY
  • BS in Health Science, Lock Haven University, Lock Haven, PA, Summa Cum Laude

Professional Affiliations

  • American College of Sports Medicine
  • National Athletic Trainers’ Association
  • National Strength and Conditioning Association
  • The National Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi