Journal of Athletic EnhancementISSN: 2324-9080

Sandra Fowkes Godek

Sandra Fowkes Godek
Professor, Department of Sports Medicine
West Chester University, USA

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Dr. Sandra Fowkes Godek is a Full Professor in the Department of Sports Medicine at West Chester University. She received a bachelors of science degree in athletic training from Penn State University, a masters of science degree in exercise physiology from the University of Colorado and a doctorate of philosophy in exercise physiology from Temple University. Dr. Fowkes Godek teaches courses in athletic training, mentors graduates students, serves as the Director of Physician Services for the Sports Medicine Department and is the Director of the HEAT Institute at West Chester University. She is the 2013 Recipient of the Ted Quedenfeld Award that recognizes honorees for their outstanding contributions to the field of Sports Medicine in the Philadelphia area. Dr. Fowkes Godek is the first female recipient of either the Joe Torg Award for physicians or the athletic trainer (Ted Quedenfeld) Award. In December of 2006, she received the Council of Trustees’ Distinguished Faculty Award at West Chester University. Dr. Fowkes Godek is active in the National Athletic Trainer’s Association and regularly presents at regional and national meetings. She is on the editorial board for the Journal of Athletic Training, is a grant reviewer for the NATA Research and Education Foundation and serves as a reviewer for numerous journal including the Journal of Sport Rehabilitation, Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, Athletic Training and Sports Health Care, Journal of Muscle and Nerve, Int J Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism and the International Journal of Sport Physiology and Performance. She has numerous first author publications and in 2004 received the Kenneth Knight Journal of Athletic Training award for Outstanding Original Research Manuscript.

Research Interest

Dr. Sandra Fowkes Godek’s research on fluid and electrolyte balance, and thermoregulation has attracted national attention as she has appeared on MSNBC as an expert on heat illness, on the CBS Evening News, the web show NASA 360 and well as numerous local TV and radio shows. For the past 10 years she has been doing research with various professional teams including the Philadelphia Eagles, Philadelphia Flyers and Phantoms, Minnesota Vikings and Orlando Magic. Her goal as Director of the HEAT Institute is to provide athletes, certified athletic trainers and sports medicine professionals with independent and unbiased information about thermoregulation, and fluid and electrolyte balance.


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