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David Swain

  • David Swain
  • Professor
  • Human Movement Sciences
  • 2024 Student Recreation Ctr
  • Norfolk, VA 23529
  • 757-683-6028
  • dswain@odu.edu
  • Dr. Swain, a professor of exercise science, received his PhD in physiology in 1984 from the Medical School of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His research focus is on cardiovascular and metabolic responses to exercise. He originated the concept of oxygen consumption reserve (VO2 reserve) for exercise prescription. He has published numerous scientific articles and is the senior editor for ACSM's Resource Manual for Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription, 7th edition. He teaches courses in exercise physiology, exercise prescription, and advanced cardiovascular exercise physiology. He is a Fellow of the ACSM and holds its highest professional certification, Program Director for preventive and rehabilitative programs. He has served as an Associate Editor for the ACSM's research journal, Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, from 2004 through 2013. He is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist via the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Dr. Swain received the designation of University Professor in 2006, and was a university finalist for the SCHEV Outstanding Faculty Award in 2011.
  • Education

    University of North Carolina Medical School, 1984
    Major: Physiology
    Degree: Ph. D.
    University of South Florida, 1978
    Major: Biology
    Degree: B.A.
  • Expertise

    Exercise
    Exercise and Cardiovascular Health / Guidelines for Exercise Prescription / Military Fitness, Training, Marksmanship
  • 2011: SCHEV Outstanding Faculty Award - University Finalist, Old Dominion University
  • 2010: Shining Star faculty member, ODU
  • 2008: Most Inspiring Faculty Award - College and University
  • 2008: Shining Star faculty member, ODU
  • 2006: University Professor, Old Dominion University
  • 2004: Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, National Strength and Conditioning Association
  • 1999: Rufus and Sarah Tonelson Faculty Award, Darden College of Education
  • 1996: Program Director, American College of Sports Medicine
  • 1994: Scholar Award, Darden College of Education, Old Dominion University
  • 1992: Exercise Specialist, American College of Sports Medicine
  • 1989: Fellow, American College of Sports Medicine
  • Contracts, Grants and Sponsored Research

    Effect of altitude acclimatization on warfighter marskmanship at altitude
    Sponsoring Organization: Office of Naval Research
    Date: January, 2011 - December, 2013
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Swain, D. P.; Ringleb, S. I.
    Effect of exercise intensity and mode on orthopedic stress
    Sponsoring Organization: Honors College
    Date: January, 2013 - May, 2013
    Awarding Organization: Old Dominion University
    Investigators:Graves, M.; Swain, D.
    Effect of exercise intensity on cognitive function
    Sponsoring Organization: Honors College
    Date: May, 2012 - August, 2012
    Awarding Organization: Old Dominion University
    Investigators:Perez, W.; Swain, D.
    Heart rate variability in EMS personnel
    Sponsoring Organization: Honors College
    Date: August, 2011 - December, 2011
    Awarding Organization: Old Dominion University
    Investigators:Simmons, R.; Swain, D.
    Protective Health Effects of Differing Types and Intensities of Exercise Training in Individuals with Type 2 Diabetes
    Sponsoring Organization: American Diabetes Association
    Date: July 1, 2008 - June 30, 2011
    Awarding Organization: Private
    Investigators:Colberg-Ochs, S. R.; Morrison, S.; Swain, D. P.; Vinik, A. I.; Parson, H. K.
    Development and validation of a physical performance prediction model
    Sponsoring Organization: Office of Naval Research
    Date: January, 2010 - December, 2010
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Swain, D. P.; Ringleb, S. I.
    Development and Validation of Physical Performance Prediction Model
    Sponsoring Organization: Office for Naval Research
    Date: 2007 - 2010
    Awarding Organization: Old Dominion University
    Investigators:Ringleb, S. I.; Swain, D. P.; Morrison, S.
    Development and validation of a physical performance prediction model
    Sponsoring Organization: Office of Naval Research
    Date: January, 2009 - December, 2009
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Swain, D. P.; Ringleb, S. I.
    Development and Validation of a Physical Performance Prediction Model
    Sponsoring Organization: Office of Naval Research
    Date: July, 2007 - September, 2009
    Investigators:Ringleb, S. I.; Swain, D. P.; Onate, J. A.; Morrison, S.
    Development and validation of a physical performance prediction model
    Sponsoring Organization: Office of Naval Research
    Date: January, 2008 - December, 2008
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Swain, D. P.; Ringleb, S.; Onate, J.
    Development and validation of a physical performance prediction model
    Sponsoring Organization: Office of Naval Research
    Date: 2007 - 2008
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Swain, D. P.; Ringleb, S.; Onate, J.
    Development and validation of a physical performance prediction model
    Sponsoring Organization: Office of Naval Research
    Date: 2007 - 2008
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Swain, D. P.; Ringleb, S.; Onate, J.
    Technical highlights for combine testing with S&T
    Sponsoring Organization: Naval Spec Warfare Development
    Date: 2007 - 2008
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Swain, D. P.; Onate, J.
    Exercise Timing and Maximal Glycemic Benefits for Type 2 Diabetic Individuals
    Sponsoring Organization: Lifescan, Inc. (Johnson & Johnson Co.)
    Date: November, 2006 - August, 2007
    Awarding Organization: Private
    Investigators:Colberg-Ochs, S. R.; Swain, D. P.; Somma, C. T.; Sechrist, S. R.; Bennington, L. K.
    Mechanisms of Exercise-Induced Improvement in Defective Neurovascular Function in Type 2 Diabetes
    Sponsoring Organization: American Diabetes Association
    Date: July 1, 2004 - June 30, 2007
    Awarding Organization: Private
    Investigators:Colberg-Ochs, S. R.; Parson, H. K.; Vinik, A. I.; Swain, D. P.
    Forever Fit
    Sponsoring Organization: Programs for Continued Learning
    Date: 2003 - 2004
    Investigators:Swain, D. P.
    Health/Fitness Instructor Certifications
    Sponsoring Organization: American College of Sports Medicine
    Date: 2003 - 2004
    Investigators:Swain, D. P.; Branch, J. D.
    Health/Fitness Instructor Workshop
    Sponsoring Organization: American College of Sports Medicine
    Date: 2003 - 2004
    Investigators:Swain, D. P.
    TEMPO: Therapeutic Exercise Program
    Sponsoring Organization: Programs for Continued Learning
    Date: 2003 - 2004
    Investigators:Swain, D. P.
    Walk and Talk grant
    Sponsoring Organization: Eastern Virginia Medical School Center for Pediatric Research
    Date: 2003 - 2004
    Investigators:Swain, D. P.
    Wellness Assessments
    Sponsoring Organization: Eastern Virginia Medical School Master’s of Public Health course
    Date: 2003 - 2004
    Investigators:Swain, D. P.
    Wellness Program
    Sponsoring Organization: Navy Exchange Command
    Date: 2003 - 2004
    Investigators:Swain, D. P.
    Forever Fit
    Sponsoring Organization: Programs for Continued Learning
    Date: 2002 - 2003
    Investigators:Swain, D. P.
    Health/Fitness Instructor Certifications
    Sponsoring Organization: American College of Sports Medicine
    Date: 2002 - 2003
    Investigators:Swain, D. P.; Branch, J. D.
    Health/Fitness Instructor Workshop
    Sponsoring Organization: American College of Sports Medicine
    Date: 2002 - 2003
    Investigators:Swain, D. P.
    TEMPO: Therapeutic Exercise Program
    Sponsoring Organization: Programs for Continued Learning
    Date: 2002 - 2003
    Investigators:Swain, D. P.
    Wellness Assessments
    Sponsoring Organization: Eastern Virginia Medical School Master’s of Public Health course
    Date: 2002 - 2003
    Investigators:Swain, D. P.
    Physical activity, nitric oxide, and neurovascular dysfunction in type 2 diabetes
    Sponsoring Organization: American Diabetes Association
    Date: 2001 - 2003
    Investigators:Swain, D. P.; Colberg, S. R.; Vinik Al,; Stansbury, K. B.
    Physical Activity, Nitric Oxide, and Neurovascular Dysfunction in Type 2 Diabetes
    Sponsoring Organization: American Diabetes Association
    Date: January 1, 2001 - December 31, 2003
    Awarding Organization: Private
    Investigators:Colberg-Ochs, S. R.; Vinik, A. I.; Swain, D. P.
    Forever Fit
    Sponsoring Organization: Programs for Continued Learning
    Date: 2001 - 2002
    Investigators:Swain, D. P.
    Health/Fitness Instructor Certifications
    Sponsoring Organization: American College of Sports Medicine
    Date: 2001 - 2002
    Investigators:Swain, D. P.; Branch, J. D.
    Health/Fitness Instructor Workshop
    Sponsoring Organization: American College of Sports Medicine
    Date: 2001 - 2002
    Investigators:Swain, D. P.
    TEMPO: Therapeutic Exercise Program
    Sponsoring Organization: Programs for Continued Learning
    Date: 2001 - 2002
    Investigators:Swain, D. P.; Leutholtz, B. C.
    Training Course for Health and Fitness Instructors
    Sponsoring Organization: Programs for Continued Learning
    Date: 2001 - 2002
    Investigators:Swain, D. P.
    Wellness Assessments
    Sponsoring Organization: Eastern Virginia Medical School Master’s of Public Health course
    Date: 2001 - 2002
    Investigators:Swain, D. P.
    Wellness Program
    Sponsoring Organization: Navy Exchange Command
    Date: 2001 - 2002
    Investigators:Swain, D. P.
    Forever Fit
    Sponsoring Organization: Programs for Continued Learning
    Date: 2000 - 2001
    Investigators:Swain, D. P.
    Health/Fitness Instructor Certifications
    Sponsoring Organization: American College of Sports Medicine
    Date: 2000 - 2001
    Investigators:Swain, D. P.
    Health/Fitness Instructor Certifications
    Sponsoring Organization: American College of Sports Medicine
    Date: 2000 - 2001
    Investigators:Swain, D. P.; Branch, J. D.
    Health/Fitness Instructor Workshop
    Sponsoring Organization: American College of Sports Medicine
    Date: 2000 - 2001
    Investigators:Swain, D. P.
    TEMPO: Therapeutic Exercise Program
    Sponsoring Organization: Programs for Continued Learning
    Date: 2000 - 2001
    Investigators:Swain, D. P.; Leutholtz, B. C.
    Training Course for Health and Fitness Instructors
    Sponsoring Organization: Programs for Continued Learning
    Date: 2000 - 2001
    Investigators:Swain, D. P.
    Wellness Assessments
    Sponsoring Organization: Eastern Virginia Medical School Master’s of Public Health course
    Date: 2000 - 2001
    Investigators:Swain, D. P.
    Forever Fit
    Sponsoring Organization: Programs for Continued Learning
    Date: 1999 - 2000
    Investigators:Swain, D. P.
    Forever Fit (formerly Elder Fitness)
    Sponsoring Organization: Programs for Continued Learning
    Date: 1999 - 2000
    Investigators:Swain, D. P.
    Health/Fitness Instructor Certifications
    Sponsoring Organization: American College of Sports Medicine
    Date: 1999 - 2000
    Investigators:Swain, D. P.; Branch, J. D.
    Health/Fitness Instructor Workshop
    Sponsoring Organization: American College of Sports Medicine
    Date: 1999 - 2000
    Investigators:Swain, D. P.
    TEMPO: Therapeutic Exercise Program
    Sponsoring Organization: Programs for Continued Learning
    Date: 1999 - 2000
    Investigators:Swain, D. P.; Leutholtz, B. C.
    Training Course for Health and Fitness Instructors
    Sponsoring Organization: Programs for Continued Learning
    Date: 1999 - 2000
    Investigators:Swain, D. P.
    Wellness Assessments
    Sponsoring Organization: Eastern Virginia Medical School Master’s of Public Health course
    Date: 1999 - 2000
    Investigators:Swain, D. P.
    Wellness Assessments
    Sponsoring Organization: Eastern Virginia Medical School Master’s of Public Health course
    Date: 1999 - 2000
    Investigators:Swain, D. P.
    Wellness Program
    Sponsoring Organization: Haynes Furniture Company
    Date: 1999 - 2000
    Investigators:Swain, D. P.
    Wellness Program
    Sponsoring Organization: Navy Exchange Command
    Date: 1999 - 2000
    Investigators:Swain, D. P.
    ElderFitness
    Sponsoring Organization: Programs for Continued Learning
    Date: 1998 - 1999
    Investigators:Swain, D. P.
    Health/Fitness Instructor Certifications
    Sponsoring Organization: American College of Sports Medicine
    Date: 1998 - 1999
    Investigators:Swain, D. P.; Branch, J. D.
    Health/Fitness Instructor Workshop
    Sponsoring Organization: American College of Sports Medicine
    Date: 1998 - 1999
    Investigators:Swain, D. P.
    TEMPO: Therapeutic Exercise Program
    Sponsoring Organization: Programs for Continued Learning
    Date: 1998 - 1999
    Investigators:Swain, D. P.; Leutholtz, B. C.
    Training Course for Health and Fitness Instructors
    Sponsoring Organization: Programs for Continued Learning
    Date: 1998 - 1999
    Investigators:Swain, D. P.
    Wellness Assessments
    Sponsoring Organization: Eastern Virginia Medical School Master’s of Public Health course
    Date: 1998 - 1999
    Investigators:Swain, D. P.
    Wellness Program of the Executive Leadership Institute for the Navy Exchange Command
    Sponsoring Organization: The Center for Global Business and Executive Education
    Date: 1998 - 1999
    Investigators:Swain, D. P.
    Elder Fitness
    Sponsoring Organization: Programs for Continued Learning
    Date: 1997 - 1998
    Investigators:Swain, D. P.
    Health/Fitness Instructor Certifications
    Sponsoring Organization: American College of Sports Medicine
    Date: 1997 - 1998
    Investigators:Swain, D. P.; Leutholtz, B. C.; Branch, J. D.
    Health/Fitness Instructor Workshop
    Sponsoring Organization: American College of Sports Medicine
    Date: 1997 - 1998
    Investigators:Swain, D. P.
    TEMPO: Therapeutic Exercise Program
    Sponsoring Organization: Programs for Continued Learning
    Date: 1997 - 1998
    Investigators:Swain, D. P.; Leutholtz, B. C.
    Training Course for Health and Fitness Instructors
    Sponsoring Organization: Programs for Continued Learning
    Date: 1997 - 1998
    Investigators:Swain, D. P.
    Wellness Program of the Executive Leadership Institute for the Navy Exchange Command
    Sponsoring Organization: The Center for Global Business and Executive Education
    Date: 1997 - 1998
    Investigators:Swain, D. P.
    Back Injury Prevention Program
    Sponsoring Organization: Surry Nuclear Power Station
    Date: 1996 - 1997
    Investigators:Swain, D. P.
    Health/Fitness Instructor Certifications
    Sponsoring Organization: American College of Sports Medicine
    Date: 1996 - 1997
    Investigators:Swain, D. P.; Leutholtz, B. C.
    Health/Fitness Instructor Workshop
    Sponsoring Organization: American College of Sports Medicine
    Date: 1996 - 1997
    Investigators:Swain, D. P.
    TEMPO: Therapeutic Exercise Program
    Sponsoring Organization: Programs for Continued Learning
    Date: 1996 - 1997
    Investigators:Swain, D. P.; Leutholtz, B. C.
    Training Course for Health and Fitness Instructors
    Sponsoring Organization: Programs for Continued Learning
    Date: 1996 - 1997
    Investigators:Swain, D. P.
    Wellness Program of the Executive Leadership Institute for the Navy Exchange Command
    Sponsoring Organization: The Center for Global Business and Executive Education
    Date: 1996 - 1997
    Investigators:Swain, D. P.
    Wellness Program of the Executive Leadership Institute for the Navy Exchange Command
    Sponsoring Organization: The Center for Global Business and Executive Education
    Date: 1996 - 1997
    Investigators:Swain, D. P.
    Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Program
    Sponsoring Organization: Community Outreach
    Date: 1995 - 1996
    Investigators:Swain, D. P.; Leutholtz, B. C.
    Fitness testing for CHKD employees
    Sponsoring Organization: Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters
    Date: 1995 - 1996
    Investigators:Swain, D. P.
    Health/Fitness Instructor Certifications
    Sponsoring Organization: American College of Sports Medicine
    Date: 1995 - 1996
    Investigators:Swain, D. P.; Leutholtz, B. C.
    Health/Fitness Instructor Workshop
    Sponsoring Organization: American College of Sports Medicine
    Date: 1995 - 1996
    Investigators:Swain, D. P.
    Training Course for Health and Fitness Instructors
    Sponsoring Organization: Community Outreach
    Date: 1995 - 1996
    Investigators:Swain, D. P.
    Wellness Program of the Executive Leadership Institute for the Navy Exchange Command
    Sponsoring Organization: The Center for Global Business and Executive Education
    Date: 1995 - 1996
    Investigators:Swain, D. P.
    Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Program
    Sponsoring Organization: Community Outreach
    Date: 1994 - 1995
    Investigators:Swain, D. P.; Leutholtz, B. C.
    Health/Fitness Instructor Certifications
    Sponsoring Organization: American College of Sports Medicine
    Date: 1994 - 1995
    Investigators:Swain, D. P.; Leutholtz, B. C.
    Health/Fitness Instructor Workshop
    Sponsoring Organization: American College of Sports Medicine
    Date: 1994 - 1995
    Investigators:Swain, D. P.
    Training Course for Health and Fitness Instructors
    Sponsoring Organization: Community Outreach
    Date: 1994 - 1995
    Investigators:Swain, D. P.
    Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Program
    Sponsoring Organization: Community Outreach
    Date: 1993 - 1994
    Investigators:Swain, D. P.; Leutholtz, B. C.
    Training Course for Health and Fitness Instructors
    Sponsoring Organization: Community Outreach
    Date: 1993 - 1994
    Investigators:Swain, D. P.
    Sponsoring Organization: National Institutes of Health
    Date: 1984 - 1986
    Investigators:Swain, D. P.