James Madison University

PHOTO: Dr. Michael J. Saunders

Dr. Michael J. Saunders

  • Office: Godwin 209F
  • Phone: 540-568-8121
  • Email: saundemj@jmu.edu
  • Mailing Address:
    261 Bluestone Drive MSC 2302
    Department of Kinesiology
    Harrisonburg, VA† 22807


  • Ph.D. University of Georgia
  • M.A. East Tennessee State University
  • B.S. East Tennessee State University

Undergraduate Teaching Area:

  • Exercise Science

Graduate Teaching Area:

  • Exercise Science

Research Interest:

  • Dr. Mike Saunders is the Director of JMUís Human Performance Laboratory.† Dr. Saunders research over the past decade has focused on the role of various nutritional interventions to promote improved performance and recovery in endurance athletes.† This has included investigations of contemporary nutrient intake strategies during exercise (i.e. the effects of glucose+fructose ingestion, carbohydrate mouth-rinsing, carbohydrate+protein co-ingestion, caffeine), and nutrients consumed in the post-exercise period (i.e. carbohydrate, protein, antioxidants).
  • PubMed Listings


  • competitive cycling
  • distance running
  • multi-sport events

Welcome from Kinesiology

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Welcome to the Department of Kinesiology! Kinesiology involves the study of human movement and our faculty and students do so from a physiological, biomechanical, and psychosocial perspective. More >

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