Exercise & Sport Science

Exercise & Sport Science

Graduates with a major in Exercise and Sport Science will have the skills and knowledge to become personal trainers, exercise professionals, or strength and conditioning specialists. As exercise professionals, graduates will be involved in developing and implementing individualized approaches to exercise leadership in healthy populations and/or for those individuals with medical clearance to exercise. Graduates of the program will be proficient in writing appropriate exercise recommendations, leading and demonstrating safe and effective methods of exercise, and motivating individuals to begin and to continue with their healthy behaviors. Students will have the opportunity to sit for professional certification examinations offered by NSCA and ACSM. Graduates may also pursue graduate opportunities in cardiac rehabilitation, exercise physiology, nutrition, strength and conditioning, etc.

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Dr. Grayson Lipford

Grayson Lipford, PhD

Associate Professor of Physical Education & Exercise Science
(910) 630-7450
Riddle 209S
Dr. Grayson Lipford
Grayson Lipford, PhD

Associate Professor of Physical Education & Exercise Science

B.S., Longwood University; M.S., James Madison University; Ph.D., CSCS, Virginia Commonwealth University

Bio:

Dr. Gray Lipford is a native of Virginia, having lived in Tidewater, the Shenandoah Valley and, more recently Richmond. After obtaining a B.S. in Physical Education - Sports Communication at Longwood and a M.S. in Athletic Administration at James Madison, Dr. Lipford spent the next 15 years working as a personal trainer and managing fitness programs and facilities at both for-profit and not-for-profit venues. Just before returning for his Ph.D. he was the Operations Director for the James Center YMCA in downtown Richmond and trained the fitness staff for the Richmond YMCA Association branches.

Dr. Lipford earned his Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology from Virginia Commonwealth University where he researched the effects of resistance exercise on vascular function on obese and non-obese individuals.

Before coming to Methodist University in 2011, Dr. Lipford was a visiting professor in the Exercise Science department at UNC Chapel Hill.

At Methodist, Dr. Lipford coordinates both the Exercise and Sport Science and the Community Health Education programs. His research interests are varied, but include resistance exercise, cardiovascular fitness testing and effective teaching methods in physiology.

Dr. Lipford is an avid lifter, runner, and cyclist and enjoys spending time with his wife, Lauri (whom he met playing volleyball) and his son, Logan.

(910) 630-7450
Riddle 209S