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David Bassett, Jr.

Professor, Department of Exercise, Sport, and Leisure Studies
Director, University of Tennessee Applied Physiology Laboratory
Co-Director, University of Tennessee Obesity Research Center


BS   Biology, Oberlin College        
MS   Exercise Physiology, Ball State University
PhD  Exercise Physiology, University of Wisconsin

Research Area:

Measurement of Physical Activity and Energy Expenditure, Maximal Oxygen Uptake and Factors Affecting Endurance Performance, Physical Activity in Amish, Longitudinal Training Studies

Research Description:

We are interested in measuring physical activity and energy expenditure in humans, especially with objective methods.  Our lab has studied the validity and reliability of pedometers, accelerometers, and heart rate monitors, and devised ways of improving on existing methods of assessing patterns and levels of physical activity in free-living people. In many of these studies, we use respiratory gas exchange to measure Calorie expenditure and this provides a convenient “gold standard” for comparison purposes.

We have written several papers on maximal oxygen uptake.  These include a review paper on criteria for attainment of maximal oxygen uptake, and two reviews on the determinants of maximal oxygen uptake and the role of this variable in determining performance in endurance events, such as marathon running.  In 2000, I traveled to Cambridge University to access materials stored in the Churchill Archives, and wrote a historical piece on the scientific contributions of A.V. Hill.  He was a Nobel Prize winner who did pioneering work in exercise physiology in the first half of the twentieth century.

A number of graduate students in our lab have conducted longitudinal studies of exercise training, using walking or swimming as the mode of choice.  Our future research will involve studying the combination of dietary restriction and physical activity interventions for the treatment of obesity.

Dr. David Bassett, Jr.

Contact Information:

Department of Exercise, Sport, and Leisure Studies
1914 Andy Holt Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37996-2700
Phone: 865-974-8766
FAX: 865-974-8981

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