Professor Dan Tripps, Director for
the Center for the Study of Sport and Exercise and its Human Performance
Laboratory, is a featured presenter at the Preventive Cardiology Symposium at
Swedish Medical Center on September 16. The symposium brings together
cardiologists, primary care providers, nurses, nutritionists, health coaches,
and specialists dealing with patients at risk of cardiovascular disease.
“There are practical strategies to
help patients reduce risk factors, like obesity and elevated cholesterol.
These include exercise, nutrition, and emotional and logistical support,”
Tripps said. “Unfortunately, health care has historically been more
about treatment for disease and less about prevention. The good news is
that paradigm is changing.”
Tripps hopes that health care
starts treating exercise as medicine.
“Exercise, like medication,
requires the correct dosage, frequency, and duration to be effective,” he
said. “ Our goal at the lab and in our degree program is to teach
practitioners including physicians how to keep people healthy and
who received his Ph.D. from the University of Oregon, has been a coach for
world-class swimmers and triathletes, President and Executive Director of the
Olympic Scientific Congress held in conjunction with the 1984 Olympic Games,
and U.S. representative to UNESCO's Sport For All project to bring sport
science to the developing world.
joined the College of Arts and Sciences faculty in 2006. His teaching and
research focus on the science of elite human performance, sport science and
technology, and the psychology of leadership and achievement.
The College of Arts and Sciences, the largest college in Seattle University, offers 33 undergraduate and 7 advanced degrees.
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