Donal Murray

Dr. Murray is an assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology at Western Illinois University. He teaches courses in both the undergraduate Exercise Science program and the Graduate level Kinesiology division. Courses cover a wide range of exercise physiology content including exercise stress testing, exercise physiology, and laboratory applications of exercise physiology. He has been the Director of Human Performance Lab housed in the Kinesiology Department for the past year. Research at WIU has included work looking at recovery following exercise and the VO2 off-kinetic response as well as student led research assessing the effect of blood flow restriction training on strength changes in Division I collegiate baseball players.


Dr. Murray completed his doctoral work at George Mason University in Virginia in the Department of Rehabilitation Science in 2019. His PhD. was completed in Rehabilitation Science with an emphasis in Exercise physiology. His dissertation work examined the relationship between muscle EMG activity and muscle oxygenation patterns during walking in individuals with an incomplete spinal cord injury. As a graduate research assistant and Senior Lab Resident at George Mason he assisted in the collection of data, training students in the use of laboratory equipment, and was involved in completion of many research studies ranging from spinal cord injury walking programs to effects of muscle mass on cardiac function. 


Dr. Murray has been a member of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) since 2016 as well as a member of the Clinical Exercise Physiology Association. He has recently become a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists (CSCS) through eh National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). He has many peer reviewed publications ranging from work in incomplete spial cord injury to exercise associated muscle cramping.