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Dr. Joe Priest

Professor

25th Season

Degrees

  • B.S. Sul Ross University, 1970
  • M.S. Sul Ross University, 1972
  • Ed.D. Texas A&M University Commerce, 1983

Bio

Dr. Joe Priest showing students a beef heart.

Dr. Priest has been a member of the Tarleton faculty since 1991. He is currently a professor in the Kinesiology Department as well as the Director for the Laboratory for Wellness and Motor Behavior.

Before joining the Tarleton family, Dr. Priest worked as the Director for Aerobics Research at the Cooper Institute. He conducted contract fitness training for the U.S. Secret Service, U.S. Marshalls, U.S. Drug Enforcement and 10 state agencies. After working several years in the corporate world, he went back to school and obtained his Doctorate of Education from Texas A&M University-Commerce in 1983.

He serves as a consultant for Magnet Schools of America and was instrumental in implementing Medical Sciences Magnet Schools around the country. Throughout his career, he has conducted research and investigations on the effects of exercise on individuals with spinal cord injuries and other conditions resulting in paralysis. The Laboratory for Wellness and Motor Behavior serves as an applied learning environment for his students.  He has  published his research findings in several in peer-review journals.

Laboratory for Wellness and Motor Behavior: Website and GooglePlus

Research and Experience

  • Wolfe, A., R. Martin, K. Peak, J. Jones, and J. Priest. “Agility Measures Related to NCAA Baseball Pitchers,” submitted for presentation at the national conference of the American College of Sports Medicine, San Diego, CA, May 29, 2015.

  • Priest, J., J. Jones, B. Conger, and D. Marble. “Performance Measures of NCAA Baseball Tryouts,” Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 25(10)2872-2878, October, 2011.

  • Feild, T., Cole, R., and J. Priest. “Comparison of Two Back-Squat Training Protocols,” International Journal of Exercise Science (abstract), 2(3), 2011.  

  • Posey, Q., Cole, R., and J. Priest. “Changes in Power Output in NCAA Football Linemen During Competitive Season,” International Journal of Exercise Science (abstract), 2(3), 2011.  

  • Priest, J., M. Sanderford, and J. Gillespie, “Health-Related Fitness and Autonomic Measures in Second Grade Students in Rural Texas,” manuscript for Journal of Physical Activity and Health, Nov., 2010.

  • Jones, J., J. Priest, and D. Marble, “Kinetic Energy Factors in Evaluation of Athletes,” Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 22(6)2050-2055, November, 2008.

  • Priest, J., N. Sol, and J. Jones “The Role of the Health Fitness Profession in Combating Early Departure from Health,” manuscript submitted, ACSM’s Health and Fitness Journal, April, 2007.

  • Barham, K., A. Nelson, and J. Priest, “Heart Rate Variability of Active and Inactive Athletes During Rest and Stress,” (abstract), Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 38(5)Supplement, 2006.

  • Simpson, S. and J. Priest, “Conditioning in Injured and Disabled Populations,” Strength and Conditioning Journal, 27(6), December, 2005.

  • Parker, S., J. Priest, and J. Gillespie, “Initial Physical Activity and BMI in a Health/International Magnet Elementary School,” (abstract), Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 37(5)Supplement, 2005.

  • Balkenbush, C., M. Sanderford, and J. Priest, “Effect of Arm Powered Passive Leg Cycling on Heart Rate Variability in Spinal Cord Injured Individuals (abstract), Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 37(5)Supplement, 2005.

  • Martin, C. and J. Priest, “Effects of Destabilization on the EMG Response on the Triceps and Gastrocnemius, (abstract), Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 37(5)Supplement, 2005.

  • J. Jones, R. Hagan, and J. Priest, “Strength Gains Following 8-weeks of Eccentric Overload Training,” (abstract), Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 35(5)Supplement, 2003.

  • Balkenbush, C. and J. Priest, “Electromyographic Activity in the Legs of an Individual With Spinal Dysgenesis During Passive Leg Cycling,” (abstract), Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 35(5)Supplement, 2003.

  • Simpson, S. and J. Priest.  “The Psycle™ and ACL Rehabilitation: A Case Report,” Athletic Therapy Today, 2002:7(4):58-62.

  • Contact Dr. Priest for Questions about more research that dates back to 1993.

Quick Facts

Priest

Dr. Joe Priest

priest@tarleton.edu

Classes Taught

  • Biomechanics (KINE 5385)
  • Kinesiology (KINE 4380)
  • Physiology of Exercise (KINE 4320)
  • Exercise Electrocardiography (4340)

Quotes to Live By

One should always be ready at attention when the call to march comes.

–Thomas Huxley

Favorite fitness routine

Lifting weights, calesthentics, and farm work

Notable Accomplishments

Awarded Faculty Development Leave to write a book in Spring semester 2016.

Why is Kinesiology Important?

Exercise keeps the body healthy; it’s the most natural form of medicine in the world.