Overview

  • 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.
  • Selected Publications

    Articles In Academic Journals

    Year Title
    2018 Ammonia inhalation does not increase deadlift 1-repetition maximum in college-aged male and female weightliftersJournal of Strength and Conditioning Research. 3392-3397.
    2016 Impact Forces of Walking and Running at the Same IntensityJ Strength Cond Res. 1042-9.
    2015 Autonomic response To tactical pistol performance measured by heart rate variabilityJournal of Strength and Conditioning Research. 926-933.
    2015 Effect of added mass on treadmill performance and pulmonary function.J Strength Cond Res. 882-888.
    2014 The effects of acute hypoxia and exercise on marksmanshipMed Sci Sports Exerc. 795-801.
    2012 Effect of intensity of aerobic training on insulin sensitivity/resistance in recreationally active adultsJournal of Strength and Conditioning Research.
    2011 Effect of training with and without a load on military fitness and marksmanshipJournal of Strength and Conditioning Research. 1857-1865.
    2011 Quantity and quality of exercise for developing and maintaining cardiorespiratory...Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. 1334-1359.
    2010 Cardioprotective benefits of vigorous physical activityThe Medical Roundtable. 167-174.
    2010 Effects of Training on Physical Performance Wearing Personal Protective EquipmentMilitary Medicine. 664-670.
    2009 Exercise equipment: Assessing the advertised claimsACSM's Health & Fitness Journal. 8-11.
    2009 Postprandial walking is better for lowering the glycemic effect of dinner than pre-dinner exercise in type 2 diabetic individualsJournal of the American Medical Directors Association. 394-397.
    2008 Effect of intensity of aerobic training on VO2maxMed Sci Sports Exerc. 1336-1343.
    2008 Energy balance during backpackingInternational Journal of Sports Medicine. 883-887.
    2004 Validation of a new method for estimating VO2max based on VO2 reserveMed. Sci. Sports Exerc.. 1421-1426.
    2003 Childhood obesity's relationship to time spent in sedentary behavior.  583-586.
    2003 Use of heart rate reserve and rating of perceived exertion to prescribe exercise intensity in diabetic autonomic neuropathyDiabetes Care. 986-990.
    2001 Effects of dehydration and rehydration on the one-repetition maximum bench press of weight trained malesJ. Strength Cond. Res.. 102-108.
    2000 Exercise and diabetes control: A winning combinationThe Physician and Sportsmedicine. 63.

    Books

    Year Title
    2013 ACSM's Resource Manual for Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription.  Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
    2009 ACSM's Resource Manual for Guidelines for Exercise Testing adn Prescription.  Lippincott Williams and Wilkins.

    Chapters

    Year Title
    2013 Cardiorespiratory exercise prescriptionACSM's Resource Manual for Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

    Grants

  • Effect of exercise intensity and mode on orthopedic stress  awarded by Honors College 2013
  • Effect of altitude acclimatization on warfighter marskmanship at altitude  awarded by Office of Naval Research 2011 - 2013
  • Effect of exercise intensity on cognitive function  awarded by Honors College 2012
  • Heart rate variability in EMS personnel  awarded by Honors College 2011
  • Protective Health Effects of Differing Types and Intensities of Exercise Training in Individuals with Type 2 Diabetes  awarded by American Diabetes Association 2008 - 2011
  • Development and validation of a physical performance prediction model  awarded by Office of Naval Research 2010
  • Development and Validation of Physical Performance Prediction Model  awarded by Office for Naval Research 2007 - 2010
  • Development and validation of a physical performance prediction model  awarded by Office of Naval Research 2009
  • Development and Validation of a Physical Performance Prediction Model  awarded by Office of Naval Research 2007 - 2009
  • Development and validation of a physical performance prediction model  awarded by Office of Naval Research 2008
  • Technical highlights for combine testing with S&T  awarded by Naval Spec Warfare Development 2007 - 2008
  • Forever Fit  awarded by Programs for Continued Learning - 2008
  • TEMPO: Therapeutic Exercise Program  awarded by Programs for Continued Learning - 2008
  • Wellness Assessments  awarded by Eastern Virginia Medical School Master’s of Public Health course - 2008
  • Wellness Program  awarded by Navy Exchange Command - 2008
  • Exercise Timing and Maximal Glycemic Benefits for Type 2 Diabetic Individuals  awarded by Lifescan, Inc. (Johnson & Johnson Co.) 2006 - 2007
  • Mechanisms of Exercise-Induced Improvement in Defective Neurovascular Function in Type 2 Diabetes  awarded by American Diabetes Association 2004 - 2007
  • Health/Fitness Instructor Certifications  awarded by American College of Sports Medicine - 2005
  • Health/Fitness Instructor Workshop  awarded by American College of Sports Medicine - 2005
  • Forever Fit  awarded by Programs for Continued Learning 2003 - 2004
  • Health/Fitness Instructor Certifications  awarded by American College of Sports Medicine 2003 - 2004
  • Health/Fitness Instructor Workshop  awarded by American College of Sports Medicine 2003 - 2004
  • TEMPO: Therapeutic Exercise Program  awarded by Programs for Continued Learning 2003 - 2004
  • Walk and Talk grant  awarded by Eastern Virginia Medical School Center for Pediatric Research 2003 - 2004
  • Wellness Assessments  awarded by Eastern Virginia Medical School Master’s of Public Health course 2003 - 2004
  • Wellness Program  awarded by Navy Exchange Command 2003 - 2004
  • Forever Fit  awarded by Programs for Continued Learning 2002 - 2003
  • Health/Fitness Instructor Certifications  awarded by American College of Sports Medicine 2002 - 2003
  • Health/Fitness Instructor Workshop  awarded by American College of Sports Medicine 2002 - 2003
  • TEMPO: Therapeutic Exercise Program  awarded by Programs for Continued Learning 2002 - 2003
  • Wellness Assessments  awarded by Eastern Virginia Medical School Master’s of Public Health course 2002 - 2003
  • Physical activity, nitric oxide, and neurovascular dysfunction in type 2 diabetes  awarded by American Diabetes Association 2001 - 2003
  • Forever Fit  awarded by Programs for Continued Learning 2001 - 2002
  • Health/Fitness Instructor Certifications  awarded by American College of Sports Medicine 2001 - 2002
  • Health/Fitness Instructor Workshop  awarded by American College of Sports Medicine 2001 - 2002
  • TEMPO: Therapeutic Exercise Program  awarded by Programs for Continued Learning 2001 - 2002
  • Training Course for Health and Fitness Instructors  awarded by Programs for Continued Learning 2001 - 2002
  • Wellness Assessments  awarded by Eastern Virginia Medical School Master’s of Public Health course 2001 - 2002
  • Wellness Program  awarded by Navy Exchange Command 2001 - 2002
  • Forever Fit  awarded by Programs for Continued Learning 2000 - 2001
  • Health/Fitness Instructor Certifications  awarded by American College of Sports Medicine 2000 - 2001
  • Health/Fitness Instructor Workshop  awarded by American College of Sports Medicine 2000 - 2001
  • TEMPO: Therapeutic Exercise Program  awarded by Programs for Continued Learning 2000 - 2001
  • Training Course for Health and Fitness Instructors  awarded by Programs for Continued Learning 2000 - 2001
  • Wellness Assessments  awarded by Eastern Virginia Medical School Master’s of Public Health course 2000 - 2001
  • Forever Fit  awarded by Programs for Continued Learning 1999 - 2000
  • Forever Fit (formerly Elder Fitness)  awarded by Programs for Continued Learning 1999 - 2000
  • Health/Fitness Instructor Certifications  awarded by American College of Sports Medicine 1999 - 2000
  • Health/Fitness Instructor Workshop  awarded by American College of Sports Medicine 1999 - 2000
  • TEMPO: Therapeutic Exercise Program  awarded by Programs for Continued Learning 1999 - 2000
  • Training Course for Health and Fitness Instructors  awarded by Programs for Continued Learning 1999 - 2000
  • Wellness Assessments  awarded by Eastern Virginia Medical School Master’s of Public Health course 1999 - 2000
  • Wellness Program  awarded by Haynes Furniture Company 1999 - 2000
  • ElderFitness  awarded by Programs for Continued Learning 1998 - 1999
  • Health/Fitness Instructor Certifications  awarded by American College of Sports Medicine 1998 - 1999
  • Health/Fitness Instructor Workshop  awarded by American College of Sports Medicine 1998 - 1999
  • TEMPO: Therapeutic Exercise Program  awarded by Programs for Continued Learning 1998 - 1999
  • Training Course for Health and Fitness Instructors  awarded by Programs for Continued Learning 1998 - 1999
  • Wellness Assessments  awarded by Eastern Virginia Medical School Master’s of Public Health course 1998 - 1999
  • Wellness Program of the Executive Leadership Institute for the Navy Exchange Command  awarded by The Center for Global Business and Executive Education 1998 - 1999
  • Elder Fitness  awarded by Programs for Continued Learning 1997 - 1998
  • Health/Fitness Instructor Certifications  awarded by American College of Sports Medicine 1997 - 1998
  • Health/Fitness Instructor Workshop  awarded by American College of Sports Medicine 1997 - 1998
  • TEMPO: Therapeutic Exercise Program  awarded by Programs for Continued Learning 1997 - 1998
  • Training Course for Health and Fitness Instructors  awarded by Programs for Continued Learning 1997 - 1998
  • Wellness Program of the Executive Leadership Institute for the Navy Exchange Command  awarded by The Center for Global Business and Executive Education 1997 - 1998
  • Exercise and Aging  awarded by Old Dominion University - 1998
  • Back Injury Prevention Program  awarded by Surry Nuclear Power Station 1996 - 1997
  • Health/Fitness Instructor Certifications  awarded by American College of Sports Medicine 1996 - 1997
  • Health/Fitness Instructor Workshop  awarded by American College of Sports Medicine 1996 - 1997
  • TEMPO: Therapeutic Exercise Program  awarded by Programs for Continued Learning 1996 - 1997
  • Training Course for Health and Fitness Instructors  awarded by Programs for Continued Learning 1996 - 1997
  • Wellness Program of the Executive Leadership Institute for the Navy Exchange Command  awarded by The Center for Global Business and Executive Education 1996 - 1997
  • Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Program  awarded by Community Outreach 1995 - 1996
  • Fitness testing for CHKD employees  awarded by Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters 1995 - 1996
  • Health/Fitness Instructor Certifications  awarded by American College of Sports Medicine 1995 - 1996
  • Health/Fitness Instructor Workshop  awarded by American College of Sports Medicine 1995 - 1996
  • Training Course for Health and Fitness Instructors  awarded by Community Outreach 1995 - 1996
  • Wellness Program of the Executive Leadership Institute for the Navy Exchange Command  awarded by The Center for Global Business and Executive Education 1995 - 1996
  • Does % Heart Rate Reserve Equate to %VO2max or to %VO2Reserve?  awarded by Old Dominion University - 1996
  • Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Program  awarded by Community Outreach 1994 - 1995
  • Health/Fitness Instructor Certifications  awarded by American College of Sports Medicine 1994 - 1995
  • Health/Fitness Instructor Workshop  awarded by American College of Sports Medicine 1994 - 1995
  • Training Course for Health and Fitness Instructors  awarded by Community Outreach 1994 - 1995
  • ACSM Program Director Certification  awarded by Old Dominion University - 1995
  • Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Program  awarded by Community Outreach 1993 - 1994
  • Training Course for Health and Fitness Instructors  awarded by Community Outreach 1993 - 1994
  • Diabetes and Blindness: Control and Prevention Program  awarded by James H. and Alice Teubert Charitable Trust - 1992
  • Project Well/Fit  awarded by State of West Virginia Public Employees Insurance Agency - 1992
  • Summer Research Award  awarded by Marshall University - 1992
  • Off-Campus Research Fellowship  awarded by University of North Carolina - 1983
  • Expertise Keywords

  • Cardiorespiratory Exercise Prescription
  • Cardiovascular and Metabolic Responses to Exercise
  • Education And Training

  • Ph.D. in Physiology, University of North Carolina Medical School 1984
  • B.A. in Biology, University of South Florida 1978
  • Full Name

  • David Swain