Meir Magal, Ph.D.
Employment Type FACULTY
Program/Department Exercise Science, General Science, Masters of Public Health, School of Math and Science

Meir Magal, Ph.D.

Inaugural Souza Professor of Exercise Science/Chair, School of Math and Science/Program Coordinator, Exercise Science



Ph.D. in Human Performance (Exercise Physiology), The University of Southern Mississippi (2002)


Dr. Magal obtained his doctorate in Human Performance (Exercise Physiology) from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2002. Dr. Magal serves as a Program Director and Professor of Exercise Science, and the Chair of the School of Mathematics and Sciences at North Carolina Wesleyan University (NCWU). Although NCWU is primarily a teaching college, Dr. Magal has been heavily involved in providing service to the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), in different capacities, and with on-going research. Over the last 15 years, Dr. Magal has served on the ACSM Committee on Certification and Registry Boards (CCRB) in different capacities. He also authored and served as an editor on a number of ACSM publications. Most recently, he served as a Co-Editor on the 6th Edition of the ACSM’s Fitness Assessment Manual book. Research wise, Dr. Magal has published numerous papers and abstracts examining NCAA DIII athletic performance, cardiorespiratory and postural control responses to various modes of exercise and physical activity preparticipation health screening procedures.


Selected Scholarly Work

  • Magal, M. and Riebe D. Active Voice: We Can and Should Do Better When Estimating Cardiorespiratory Fitness ACSM Bulletin Blog. March 7, 2023. 
  • M. Magal, R. A. Valladarez Cuestas, S. K. Crowley, V. B. Batchelor & J. R. Hoffman. (In Press, 2023). Seasonal Changes in Physical Performance–Related Variables in Women NCAA Division III Soccer Players. Gazzetta Medica Italiana-Archivio per le Scienze Mediche. 
  • M. Magal, B. A. Franklin, G. B. Dwyer, and D. Riebe. (In Press, 2022) Back to Basics: A Critical Review of the Methodology Commonly Used to Estimate CRF. ACSM's Health and Fitness Journal.
  • M. Magal, S. L. Fann and K. S. Thomas. Cardiovascular, Metabolic and Perceptual Responses to Preferred Walking Speed at Different Inclines and Post Exercise Postural Control in Healthy College Age Adults. International Journal of Exercise Science. 15 (2): 113-124, 2022.
  • Magal, M., Liette, N. C., Crowley, S. K., Hoffman, J. R. and Thomas, K. S. Sex-Based Performance Responses to an Acute Sprint Interval Cycling Training Session in Collegiate Athletes. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport. 92 (3): 469-476, 2020.
  • S. K. Crowley, J. R. Rebellon, C. Huber, A. Leonard, L., D. Henderson and M. Magal. Cardiorespiratory Fitness, Sleep, and Physiological Responses to Stress in Women. European Journal of Sports Science. 20 (10): 1368-1377, 2020.
  • Magal, M. and Neric, F. B. ACSM Certifications: defining an exercise profession. From concept to assessment and everything in between. ACSM’s Health and Fitness Journal. 24 (1): 12-18, 2020.
  • K. S. Thomas, M. Hammond and M. Magal. The Impact of Graded Forward and Backward Walking, at a Matched Intensity on Metabolic Measures and Postural Control. Gait and Posture. 65 (9): 20-25, 2018.
  • G. P. Whitfield, D. Riebe, M. Magal and G Liguori. Application of the American College of Sports Medicine Adult Preparticipation Screening Algorithm to a nationally representative sample of US adults aged >=40 years from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2001 to 2004. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. 49 (10): 2056-2063, 2017.
  • J. Bunn, C. L. Eschbach, M. Magal, K. Wells. The Effects of Warm-up Intensity and Duration on Cycling Time Trial Performance. Central European Journal of Sport Science & Medicine. 17 (1): 5-13, 2017.
  • M. Magal and D. Riebe. New Pre-Participation Health Screening Recommendations: What Exercise Professionals Need To Know. ACSM's Health and Fitness Journal. 20 (3): 22-27, 2016.
  • D. Riebe, B. A. Franklin, P. D. Thompson, C. E. Garber, G. P. Whitfield, M. Magal and L. S. Pescatello. Updating ACSM's Recommendations for Exercise Pre-participation Health Screening. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. 47 (8): 2473-2479, 2015.


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School of Mathematics and Sciences
North Carolina Wesleyan University
3400 North Wesleyan Blvd.
Rocky Mount, NC 27804


Office Location:
Indoor Sports & Education Facility (ISEF) – 118

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More Facts About Me!

How long have you been at NCWU?
Since 2002

What's your favorite class that you teach?
Exercise Physiology

What are your research & teaching interests?
NCAA DIII Athletics

What is a fun fact or an interesting hobby of yours?
I used to be a professional tennis player