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- Exercise scientist.
Steven Gaskill, Ph.D., grew up climbing, skiing and kayaking in the mountains of Colorado. He completed his MA at St. Cloud State and his doctorate at University of Minnesota in exercise physiology. He was head of the U.S. and Olympic Nordic Combined Ski Coach from 1979 to 1985, and also directed the coach education program for U.S. skiing from 1983-85. He ran a successful cross-country ski coaching business in Minnesota.
Steven is in his 14th year at the University of Montana where he has taught a variety of courses from medical physiology to coaching. His research topics range across a broad spectrum from fitness and work capacity in wildland firefighters to how physical activity affects health and cognition. His current focus and passion encompasses the arena of how physical activity improves brain function and learning in youth. He is currently working with school administrators and community leaders to increase daily physical activity in Missoula youth during the school day to improve learning and health while decreasing obesity and classroom behavior issues.
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