Karl Riecken, MA, CSCS, CISSN

Karl Riecken

Sport Scientist, Holistic Health and Performance Physician in Training

Dedicated to the health and performance of all those seeking to improve their lives through a holistic approach to human well-being.

Named by Healthy Living Magazine as one of Lake County’s 20 Most Influential People in Health  and Fitness in 2016




Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine – (2021, anticipated)


MA – Sport and Fitness: Health/Wellness and Applied Exercise Physiology (2011)

BS – Biomedical Sciences (partial)


BA – Anthropology, Music (double major) (2007)


Research Publications

  • Karl Riecken, MA, OMS II; A.J. LaPorta, MD, FACS; T. Hoang, MD, FACS; J.D. Malone, MD; R. Franciose, MD, FACS; M. Taylor, PhD; M. Dukovich, PhD; L. Gaul, MD. Improvements in Physiological, but not Psychological, Variables of Stress Inoculation are Correlated with Hyper-Realistic Simulation of Combat Surgery Situation Training. March 9, 2019. Poster Presentation. The Association of Military Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL.
  • A.J. LaPorta, MD, FACS; Karl Riecken, MA, OMS II; T. Hoang, MD, FACS; J.D. Malone, MD; R. Franciose, MD, FACS; M. Taylor, PhD; M. Dukovich, PhD; L. Gaul, MD. Physiological Variables of Stress Inoculation Measured and Affected by Hyper-Realistic® Medical Military Training. Jan 26, 2019. Poster Presentation. IMSH Society for Simulation in Healthcare Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX.
  • Karl Riecken, MA, OMS II; T. Hoang, MD, FACS; A.J. LaPorta, MD, FACS; J.D. Malone, MD; R. Franciose, MD, FACS; M. Taylor, PhD; M. Dukovich, PhD; L. Gaul, MD. Surgical Team Training with Objective Measures of the Team Monitored by Heart Rate Variability. Nov 6, 2018. Poster Presentation. 7th Annual RVUCOM Research Appreciation Day, Parker, CO. RVUCOM Archive Link
  • Karl Riecken and Robert Moore. “The semantics of soul among Chinese and American University Students”: Annual Contention of the Soc. for Anthro. Sciences” Feb. 22, 2007, San Antonio.


Professional Experience


  • Vice-President, Integrative Medicine Club
  • RVU Mental Health Ambassador
  • Peer Support Officer
  • Military Medicine Honors Track
  • Colorado Physician Health Program Education and Outreach Committee Member

UNITED STATES AIR FORCE – Commissioned as Second Lieutenant – 2017 (Recipient of Heath Professions Scholarship)

UNIVERSITY  OF CENTRAL  FLORIDA – Adjunct Faculty, Sport and Exercise Science – 2015-2017

NATIONAL TRAINING CENTER,  PART OF SOUTH  LAKE HOSPITAL  & ORLANDO  HEALTH – Coordinator of Performance Testing and Exercise Physiologist – 2012-2017

VANGUARD TRIATHLON – Lead Performance Physiologist – 2011-2012

USA TRIATHLON – High Performance Coaching Assistant – 2010-2011 

USA SWIMMING – National Team Performance Intern – 2010


Selected Publications


  • Chapter 24 in Complete Guide to Triathlon
  • Publication by Human Kinetics and USA Triathlon, May 2012


  • In USA Triathlon Level II Coaching Manual
  • Publication by USA Triathlon, September 2011


  • USA Triathlon Performance Coaching Newsletter (2013-2015)
    • Running Analyses, Skills Sessions, and Correcting Underlying Causes
    • Nutrition During the Base Phase of Training
    • Balancing Personal Life with Coaching Life
    • Success is Built in the Off-Season
  • College Swimming Coaches of America Performance Newsletter (2013-2015)
    • Risk, Resilience, Cold, and Gold
    • Heart Rate Variability and Sprinters
    • Using Hormones to Determine Sprinting Intensity at Morning Sessions
    • A More Specific Method for Training the Start
    • Laying Athletic Foundations  for Gymnastics Training
    • Can Art & Science Get Along?
  • TrainingPeaks.com Science Blog (2015-2016)
    • Choosing the Optimal Daily Timing for Your Training
    • Triathlon Training and Your Immune System
    • Genetic Testing, Collagen, Endurance, and Injury


Selected Presentations


Testing, Overtraining, and Recovery – Collegiate Recruitment Camp – Colorado Springs, CO; June 2010

Lactate Threshold Testing and Training – Level II Coaching Certification – Colorado Springs, CO; August


  • High Performance Team Business Plan – High Performance Team Symposium – Colorado Springs, CO; January 2011
  • Lactate Threshold Testing and Training – Continuing Education Webinar – Colorado Springs, CO; May, 2011
  • Lactate Threshold Testing and Training – Level III Coaching Certification – Colorado Springs, CO; Multiple,


  • 1st World Conference on Science in Triathlon Summary – National Team Coaches’ Meeting – Buffalo, NY; September 2011
  • Youth Physiology; Nutrition; Strength Training – Youth and Junior Coaching Specialty Certification – Clermont, FL; November 2015


  • Gymnastics Foundation  for Strength Training – Annual Conference – Orlando, FL; May 2013
  • Trends in Strength Training and Taper – Annual Conference – Las Vegas, NV; May 2014
  • Monitoring Recovery in Swimmers – Annual Conference – Chicago, IL, May 2015
  • Warm-Ups, Recoveries, and In-Betweens – Annual Conference – Washington, DC, May 2016



  • Fascial Distortion ModelModule 1
  • AdventureMedAdvanced Wilderness Life Support Certified Provider
  • International Society of Sports Nutrition Certified Sports Nutritionist
  • National Strength and Conditioning Association Strength and Conditioning Specialist
  • USA Triathlon Level 2 Coach; Youth  and Junior Specialist
  • USA Weightlifting Level 1 Sport Performance Coach
  • USA Cycling Level 3 Coach with Distinction (lapsed)
  • USA Track and Field Level 1 Coach
  • Road Runners Club of America Level 1 Coach
  • National Association of Underwater Instructors Open Water SCUBA


Volunteer Experience

  • US Ski and Snowboard Medical Emergencies in Ski and Snowboard Training Gillian Bower, PT – December 2018
  • Rock n’ Roll Marathon Sports Medicine David Carfagno, DO – October 2017
  • Orlando Regional Medical Center Intensive Care Unit Jeffery Sadowsky, MD – July 2015 – September 2015
  • Winter Park Family Practice Kathleen Todd, DO – July 2012 – December 2012
  • Winter Park Memorial Hospital Emergency David Sarkarati, DO, FACEP – June 2012 – December 2012
  • United States Olympic Committee Randy Wilber, PhD, FACSM – May 2011 – November 2011