Health Sciences

David F. Petrie


Health Sciences



Campus Box 0432


Science Center
Room 143
300 North Washington St.
Gettysburg, PA 17325-1400

I am a Lecturer and Lab Instructor in Health Sciences at Gettysburg College.  Prior to my academic appointment, I was Director of the Human Performance Lab at the Union Memorial Hospital’s Sports Medicine Center in Baltimore, Maryland.  My expertise is in clinical and applied exercise physiology and biomechanics.  During the 14 years that I was at the Sports Medicine Center, I conducted physiological testing and biomechanical analysis on over 5000 athletes.

Teaching laboratory courses in Anatomy and Physiology, Exercise is Medicine, and Assessment in Health Sciences has provided me with the opportunity to share my interest in the evaluation of biomechanical and physiological parameters of the human body.  I also teach a popular First-Year Seminar course titled Faster, Higher, Stronger: What are the Limits of Athletic Performance.

I am a 1977 graduate of Gettysburg College (BA – Physics) and I am married to a 1983 Gettysburg College graduate Sue (Oravec) Petrie (BA – Psychology)

I completed in over 100 triathlons between 1979 and 1991 and was the overall winner in 15 races including two Ironman Qualifiers (1994 Tupper Lake and 1993 Warriors Path Triathlons).  I am also a five-time finisher of the Hawaiian Ironman World Championships with top 100 places in 1983 (79th), 1984 (65th) and 1985 (50th).

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