Assistant Professor

Applied Health Sciences

David Sanders

  • Education
    • Rutgers University, New Brunswick Campus, Ph.D.               
    • University of Rhode Island, Bachelors           
    • University of Rhode Island, Masters             

    What prompted you to pursue your field?

    My interest in the field of exercise physiology is similar to many. I grew up playing sports. My interest in human performance led me to delve deep into the physiology, and more specifically, the endocrinology of training for optimal performance. Coming from a household of dancers, I began to question why this industry has been slow on the utilization of advances in strength and conditioning and nutrition to sustain health, decrease injury risk, and ultimately prolong careers.

    Why is this area of study important at this point in time?

    Research in performing athletes, especially youth and adolescent athletes, is important at this point in time because of the increase in injuries due to early sport specialization. Young athletes may be able to recover, however there may be chronic effects that may not appear until later in life. Of particular importance is the menstrual cycle in female athletes. A lack of a regular cycle is the cornerstone of Female Athlete Triad, as well as the Relative Energy Deficiency in Sports Syndrome that has many acute and chronic health and performance consequences, ranging from low bone mineral density to depressed moods. Improving training and nutrition may minimize these risks, however best practices are still to be determined.