Ronald Croce

Phone: (603) 862-2080
Office: Kinesiology, New Hampshire Hall Rm 208, Durham, NH 03824
Ronald V. Croce, Professor, Kinesiology: Health and Physical Education

Ronald V. Croce received his Ph.D., in Neuroscience/Exercise Physiology and special populations from the University of New Mexico and currently is a Professor in the Kinesiology Department. His main teaching focus is in Applied Anatomy/Kinesiology, and Medical Neuroscience and he has been the recipient of several university teaching and research awards. Dr. Croce’s research focuses on: (1) physical and motor functioning of individuals with cognitive and motor impairments, and (2) human neuromuscular functioning and cognition. He has over 100 published articles and is a co-author of two major texts: “Developmental/Adapted Physical Education,” and "Developmental and Adapted Physical Activity Assessment.”


  • Ph.D., Kinesiotherapy, University of New Mexico
  • M.Ed., Activity Therapy, Temple University
  • B.S., Physical Educ. Teach'g&Coach'g, Brooklyn College of the City University of New York

Research Interests

  • Cognitive Sciences
  • Musculoskeletal System

Courses Taught

  • BMS 799H: Senior Honors Thesis
  • HPE 653B: Biomechanics of Human Movement
  • INCO 590: Rsrch Exp/Kinesiology
  • KIN 652: Clinical Kinesiology
  • KIN 653B: Biomechanical Analysis Mvt Lab
  • KIN 696W: Independent Study
  • KIN 706: Neurology
  • KIN 706/806: Neurology
  • KIN 707: Neurology Lab
  • KIN 707/807: Neurology Lab
  • KIN 807: Neurology Lab

Selected Publications

Bode, V. G., Croce, R. V., Quinn, T. J., & Laroche, D. P. (2020). Influence of excess weight on lower-extremity vertical stiffness and metabolic cost of walking. European Journal of Sport Science, 20(4), 477-485. doi:10.1080/17461391.2019.1652350

Horvat, M., Croce, R. V., & Pesce, C. (2019). Developmental/Adapted Physical Education: Making Ability Count (6th Edition), Routledge Publishers..

Horvat, M., Block, M., Kelly, L., & Croce, R. (2019). Developmental and Adapted Physical Activity Assessment (2nd edition). Human Kinetics Publishers..

Croce, R., Craft, A., Miller, J., Chamberlin, K., & Filipovic, D. (2016). Quadriceps mechano- and electromyographic time-frequency responses during muscular contractions to volitional exhaustion. Muscle & Nerve, 53(3), 452-463. doi:10.1002/mus.24764

Croce, R., Miller, J., Chamberlin, K., Filipovic, D., & Smith, W. (2014). Wavelet analysis of quadriceps power spectra and amplitude under varying levels of contraction intensity and velocity. Muscle & Nerve, 50(5), 844-853. doi:10.1002/mus.24230

LaRoche, D. P., Cremin, K. A., Greenleaf, B., & Croce, R. V. (2010). Rapid torque development in older female fallers and nonfallers: A comparison across lower-extremity muscles. Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology, 20(3), 482-488. doi:10.1016/j.jelekin.2009.08.004

Swartz, E. E., Decoster, L. C., Russell, P. J., & Croce, R. V. (2005). Effects of developmental stage and sex on lower extremity kinematics and vertical ground reaction forces during landing. JOURNAL OF ATHLETIC TRAINING, 40(1), 9-14. Retrieved from

Croce, R. V., Horvat, M., & McCarthy, E. (2001). Reliability and Concurrent Validity of the Movement Assessment Battery for Children. Perceptual and Motor Skills, 93(1), 275-280. doi:10.2466/pms.2001.93.1.275

Miller, J. P., Sedory, D., & Croce, R. V. (1997). Vastus Medialis Obliquus and Vastus Lateralis Activity in Patients with and without Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome. Journal of Sport Rehabilitation, 6(1), 1-10. doi:10.1123/jsr.6.1.1

Croce, R. V., Pitetti, K. H., Horvat, M., & Miller, J. (1996). Peak Torque, average power, and hamstring/quadriceps ratios in nondisabled adults and adults with mental retardation. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 77(4), 369-372. doi:10.1016/s0003-9993(96)90086-6

Most Cited Publications