About

The MMA Training Bible, created by Dr Jason Gillis, aims to provide fighters and coaches in mixed martial arts and other combat sports with evidence-based training advice.

Dr Jason Gillis is an Associate Professor working in the Human Performance Laboratory at Salem State University. Here he engages in research and teaches Undergraduate and Graduate courses in human applied physiology and research methods.

Dr. Gillis is an environmental physiologist by training and has a research interest in the influence of menthol on human temperature regulation, perception and performance. He is also interested in recovery interventions following exercise-induced muscle damage, and the science of fighting.

Jason has conducted research for the UK Ministry of Defense, charities like the Royal National Lifeboat Institute, rehabilitation hospitals in Canada and Norway, and for the sports drinks and supplement industry.

Dr. Gillis has an international education. He completed his B.Sc (Hon) in Kinesiology at Dalhousie University in Canada, and went on to complete his Masters at KU Leuven University in Belgium, and at the Norwegian School of Sports Science in Norway. Jason completed his Ph.D. in England as part of the Research and Innovation Team at UK Sport in the run up to the Beijing and London Olympic Games.

Whether as a scientist, athlete, or coach, Jason is passionate about sports. He has a background in mixed martial arts and a particular interest in the science of fighting. In his spare time, he provides scientific support to athletes and coaches in combat sports.

Recent Scientific Publications

Gillis, D.J., Capone, S., Nestor, K., Snell, M. (2020). The influence of menthol dose on human temperature perception, regulation and energy expenditure. The Journal of Thermal Biology. (in-press)

Barwood M.J., Gibson, O.R, Gillis, D.J., Jeffries O., Morris N.B., Pearce, J., Ross, M.L, Stevens, C., Rinaldi, K., Kounalakis, S.N, Riera, F., Mündel T, Waldron, M., Best, R. (2020). Menthol as an ergogenic aid for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games: an expert led consensus statement using the modified Delphi method. Sports Medicine. Accepted, in press

D’Amico, A., Gillis, D.J., Burke, C.M., McCarthy, K., Leftin, J.N., Heim, H., Molloy, M.  (2020). Foam rolling and indices of autonomic recovery following recovery from exercise-induced muscle damage. The Journal of Physical Therapy.  15(3):429-

Gillis, D.J., Vellante, A., Gallo, J., D’Amico A.P. (2020). The influence of menthol on recovery from exercise-induced muscle damage. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. 34(2): 451-462

Penteado, R., Gillis, D.J., Caputo F. (2020). Reliability of parameters from sport-specific method for evaluating Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Performance. Journal of Physical Fitness, Medicine & Treatment in Sports. 7(4):1-4.

Staffiere, W., Gillis, D.J., Varnell, M., Gallo, J., Silva, K., Moriarty, J. (2019). The influence of Menthol on joint range of motion. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. 51(6):51

D’Amico, A., Gillis, D.J. (2019). The influence of foam rolling on recovery from exercise-induced muscle damage. The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. 33(9):2443-2452.

Villar, R., Gillis, D.J., Santana, G., Pinheiro, D.S., Almeida, A.L.R.A. (2018). Association between anaerobic metabolic demands during simulated Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu combat and specific Jiu-Jitsu anaerobic performance test. Journal of Strenght and Conditioning Research. 32(2):432-440

Gillis, D.J., Vellante, A., Gallo, J., D’Amico, A.P (2017). Pilot Study: The influence of menthol on recovery from exercise-induced muscle damage. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. 49(5S):1069.

D’Amico, A., Gillis, D.J. (2017). The influence of foam rolling on recovery from exercise-induced muscle damage. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. 49(5S):1065.

Gillis, D.J., Barwood, M.J., Newton, P.S., House, J.R., & Tipton, M.J. (2016). Influence of a menthol and ethanol soaked garment on human temperature regulation and perception during exercise and rest in warm, humid conditions. Journal of Thermal Biology, 58:99-105.

Gillis, D.J., Barwood, M.J., Newton, P.S., House, J.R., & Tipton, M.J. (2016). Influence of a menthol/ethanol solution on thermoregulation during exercise in warm, humid conditions. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 48(5S):808-809.

Gillis, D.J., Weston N, House, J.R., & Tipton, M.J. (2015). Influence of repeated daily menthol exposure on human temperature regulation and perception. Physiology and Behaviour, 139:511-8.

Gillis, D.J., House, J.R., & Tipton, M.J. (2010). Influence of menthol on thermoregulation and perception during exercise in warm, humid conditions. European Journal of Applied Physiology, 110, pp. 609-18.

Gillis, D.J., Wouda, M., & Hjeltnes, N. (2008). Non-pharmacological management of orthostatic hypotension after spinal cord injury: a review of the literature. Spinal Cord, 46, pp. 652-59.

Kirby, R.L., Gillis, D.J., Boudreau, A.L., Smith, C., Rushton, P., Clark-Gallant, L., Parker, K.E., & Webber A. (2008). Effect of a high rolling-resistance training method on the success rate and time required to learn the wheelchair wheelie skill. Am J Phys Med Rehab, 87(3), pp. 204-11