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James Sullivan, PhD

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Assistant Professor of Practice
Exercise Physiology
HPER 331


KNS 440 Strength/Conditioning Programs
KNS 480 Physiology of Exercise (Lab)

Sullivan has teaching and coaching specializations in advanced strength and conditioning, track and field and martial arts. Sullivan comes from Penn State University where he created a student fitness assessment center, taught theory and activity classes, and worked with Men’s and Women’s Track and Field, Women’s Rugby and USA Rugby. Prior to Penn State, Sullivan was a Strength and Conditioning Coach at Stanford University where he was directly responsible for training 24 Varsity athletic teams. Sullivan has lived, trained and taught extensively in Japan and holds the ranks of 4th degree black belt in Aikido, 3rd degree black belt in Aikido Weapons, 2nd degree black belt in Karate and 1st degree black belt in Kendo. In addition to being a full-time faculty member in the KRSS Department, Sullivan is a Volunteer Assistant Coach for the Tennessee Men’s and Women’s Track and Field team, with a specialization in his former event, the pole vault.


PhD Southern Illinois University Exercise Physiology
MS Southern Illinois University Exercise Physiology
BS Southern Illinois University Exercise Science

Sullivan, J.J., Knowlton, R.G., Devita, P. & Brown, D.D. (1995). Cardiovascular responses to restricted range of motion resistance training. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 10. Sullivan, J.J.

Sullivan, J.J., Knowlton, R.G., Brown, D.D., & Woehlke, P. (1994). Characteristics of adolescent pole vaulters and predictors of success. Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness, 34, 179-184.

Sullivan, J.J., Knowlton, R.G. and Brown, D.D. (1992). Caffeine affects the heart rate and blood pressure response to prolonged walking. Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation, 12:418-422.

Brown, D.D., Knowlton, R.G., Sullivan, J.J. and Sanjabi, P.B. (1991). Effect of caffeine ingestion on alveolar ventilation during moderate exercise. Aviation Space and Environmental Medicine, 62:860-4.

Knowlton, R.G., Brown, D.D., Bitter, L.G. and Sullivan, J.J. Effect of hand-held weights on cardiovascular responses during walking in trained and untrained women. Journal of Physical Education and Sports Science. IV:1, 7-14, 1992.

Aikido for College, by Jim Sullivan. Copyright 2010

U.S.A.  Eagles Women’s Rugby Fitness and Conditioning Manual, by Jim Sullivan, Copyright 2004.

Sullivan has filmed and produced 16 Aikido seminar and instructional training videos in conjunction with Pat Hendricks of Aikido of San Leandro, California.

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