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Ross Sherman, Ph.D., M.Sc.,
 Associate Professor, Exercise Science Coordinator

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Office: 4419 Kindschi Hall of Science
Phone: (616) 331-8608
Email:  shermaro@gvsu.edu

 Academic Background

  • B.Sc. University of Sunderland
  • M.Sc. Loughborough University   
  • Ph.D.  University of Bath

 Courses Taught

  • MOV 304: Introduction to Exercise Physiology
  • MOV 420: Lab Practicum in Exercise Science
  • MOV 480: Environmental Exercise Physiology
  • MOV 495: Professionalism in Exercise Science

 Professional Contributions

  • Conference attendance – Midwest Chapter of ACSM Annual Meeting, Indianapolis, IN – October 2010 (Undergraduate research student Matthew Wittbrodt was presented with the Outstanding Undergraduate Oral Presentation Award).
  • Manuscript reviewer – Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, European Journal of Applied Physiology, International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, International Journal of Sports Medicine, British Journal of Sports Medicine.

  Current Projects

  • ‘The effect of soccer-specific intermittent exercise and hand cooling on physiological function, thermoregulatory demand and skill performance’
  • This is a collaborative project with Dr. Nick Gant from University of Auckland, New Zealand, and is being supported by AVAcore Technologies, Inc.
  • ‘The effect of immediate post-exercise, short-term, lower limb water immersion on muscle damage and recovery of muscle function following an acute bout of eccentric exercise’
  • This is a collaborative project with Dr. Debra Burg from the Dept. of Biomedical Sciences at GVSU, Dr. Chris Cheatham from Western Michigan University, MI, and Dr. Stephen Cheung from Brock University, Canada.
  • ‘Exploring the health behaviours of young adults during the transition from school to University: a cross-cultural comparison’
  • This is a collaborative project with Dr. Ann-Marie Knowles and Dr. Chris Easton from Kingston University, UK, and Dr. Chris Beaudoin from the Dept. of Movement Science at GVSU.
  • Collaborate with me on Grand Scholar


  • McNaughton, L.R., Sherman, R.A., Roberts, S. and Bentley, D.J. (2004). Portable gas analyser COSMED K4b2 compared to a laboratory based mass spectrometer system. Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness, 45, 315-323.
  • Buck, K., McNaughton, L., Sherman, R.A., Bentley, D.J. and Batterham, A.M. (2001). Physiological response to treadmill walking in water at different temperatures. Sports Medicine, Training and Rehabilitation, 10, 105-122.
    In Preparation
  • Impact on physiological and thermoregulatory responses and skill performance of whole body pre-cooling prior to squash-specific intermittent exercise in normal and thermally stressful conditions.
  • Current hydration practices, physiological responses and changes in body mass of female college soccer players during pre-season two-a-day practice.
  • Reliability and validity of a hand-held osmometer to determine urine osmolality.


  • Crawley, A.M. and R.A. Sherman. Police Academy Cadets: Methods of Fitness Training (Lab vs. Field). National Strength and Conditioning Association Tactical Strength and Conditioning Conference, Norfolk, VA, April 2013.
  • Sherman, R.A., Wittbrodt*, M.T., LeBar*, D.K. and Batterham, A.M. Hydration strategies, physiological responses and changes in body mass during pre-season soccer two a-days. American College of Sports Medicine 58th Annual Meeting, Denver, CO, June 2011.
  • Sherman, R.A. and Goodman, J. Analysis of Performance Variables in Professional Football: English Premier League 2006-2010. Invited oral presentation, 1st Science and Football Conference, London, UK, March 2011.
  • Sherman, R.A., Knipper*, S.E. and Batterham, A.M. Reliability and validity of a hand-held osmometer to determine urine osmolality. Thematic poster presentation, American College of Sports Medicine 56th Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA, May 2009.

    *Indicates Student

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