Department: Kinesiology

Areas of expertise:

  • Exercise science

Dr. Saunders is the director of JMU's Human Performance Laboratory. His 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 and chocolate milk).

Saunders earned his bachelor's and master's degrees at East Tennessee State University and his doctorate at the University of Georgia.


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