College of Arts and Sciences


  • Tripps Focuses on Exercise to Reduce Cardiovascular Risks

    September 13, 2011

    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 avoid disease.”

    Tripps, 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.

    Tripps 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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