Contact Info


  • Room 214
    Athletic Training and Exercise Science Facilities
A head shot of Samuel Headley, faculty member in the Department of Exercise Science and Sport Studies
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Temple University, Philadelphia, Pa., 1991
  • Master of Science, Kings College, London, England, 1985
  • Bachelor of Arts, Birmingham University, London, England, 1982

Sam Headley is a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and a Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist. He also is a member of the Clinical Exercise Physiology Association and the coordinator of the clinical exercise physiology track at Springfield College, which is one of the few Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs accredited clinical exercise physiology programs in the country. Headley has always had an interest in using exercise to treat medical conditions and therefore his research primarily focused on the clinical side of the field. His current interest revolves around using lifestyle interventions in the treatment of patients who have chronic kidney disease.

Courses Taught

  • Electrocardiography & Graded Exercise Testing and Prescription
  • Exercise Testing & Prescription
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Medical Physiology
  • Exercise Biochemistry
  • Graded Exercise Testing and Electrocardiography

Certifications and Memberships

  • American College of Sports Medicine Exercise Test Technolgist
  • American College of Sports Medicine Certified Exercise Specialist
  • American College of Sports Medicine Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist
  • National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
  • International Society of Sports Nutrition Sports Nutrition Certification

Research Interests

  • Lifestyle interventions to treat persons with chronic diseases
  • Chronic kidney disease and hypertension
  • Decreasing sedentary behavior in the workplace and among persons with chronic disease

Selected Works


  • Lifestyle Modifications in CKD: The Risk Factor Paradox, presented at the annual meeting of the NEACSM in fall 2013.
  • The effect of exercise training in CKD. Presented at Henry Ford Hospital, November 2013


  • Headley, SA, Germain, M, Wood, R, Joubert, J, Milch, C,Evans, E, Poindexter, A, Cornelius, A, Brewer, B,Pescatello, LS,& Parker, B. (2014) Short-term aerobic exercise and vascular function in CKD stage 3: A randomized controlled trial. AJKD, In Press
  • Headley, SA, Germain, M, Milch, C, Pescatello, L, Coughlin,M,Nindl, BC, Cornelius, A, Sullivan, S, Gregory, S, & Wood, R (2012). Exercise Training Improves HR responses and VO2peak in Predialysis Kidney Patients. Med.Sci.Sports Exerc. Vol. 44, No. 12, pp. 2392–2399.
  • Headley, S. A., Germain, M., Milch, C. M., Buchholz, M. P., Coughlin, M. Pescatello, L.S.(2008) The Immediate Blood Pressure Lowering Effects of Aerobic Exercise among Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease. Nephrology 13: 601-606.
  • Headley, S. A. , Germain, M., Mailloux, P., Mulhern, J., Ashworth, B., Burris, J., Brewer, B., Nindl , B., Coughlin, M., Welles, R.,& Jones, M.(2002). Resistance training improves strength and functional measures in patients with end-stage renal disease. Am J. Kidney. Dise. 40 (2): 355-364.