Dr. Shackelford’s background and research interests explores the field of exercise-based cancer rehabilitation. Many of the detrimental side effects of chemotherapy and radiation can be offset by the effects of exercise, and he enjoys developing and implementing exercise programs to benefit cancer survivors. He currently teaches an Exercise Testing and Prescription course for the apparently healthy and clinical populations, and prepares students how to use exercise in any clinical population.
Areas of Specialization
Exercise Physiology, Cancer Rehabilitation, Clinical Populations, Exercise Testing and Prescription
Scholarly and Professional Achievements
Lead Presenter of the American College of Sports Medicine/American Cancer Society Cancer Exercise Trainer ™ Workshop; Wellness Academy, Seoul, South Korea
Designed and instructed the Clinical Cancer Exercise Specialist Workshop; University of Northern Colorado Cancer Rehabilitation Institute
O’Brien, K., Boeneke, C., Prinyawiwatkul, W., Lisano, J., Shackelford, D.Y.K., Reeves, K., Christensen, M., Hayward, R., Ordonez, K.C., & Stewart, L.K. (2017). Short communication: sensory analysis of a kefir product designed for active cancer survivors. Journal of Dairy Science, 100(6), 4349-4353.
InBody, USA (2016, July). UNC Cancer Rehabilitation Institute Improves Patient Care with InBody. https://www.inbodyusa.com/blogs/case-studies/unccri-case-study.
Medrano, J., Peterson, B.M., Brown, J.M., Shackelford, D.Y.K., Beebe, C.N., Brennecke, A.P., & Hayward, R. (2014). The effects of a twelve-week aerobic and cognitive training intervention on cognitive function in cancer survivors. UNC Undergraduate Research Journal, 4(2), 1-14.
What is your teaching style?
I try to make topics that I teach directly applicable to the student and to real-world situations. I believe knowing the background knowledge behind a subject is crucial, but it is just as important to know how to directly apply that newly obtained knowledge. For example, it’s great if you know the mechanisms behind diabetes mellitus, but how are you going to use that information to help a type II diabetic in regards to physical function and quality of life?
Why do you do what you do?
When I was a sophomore in my undergraduate degree, I was pursuing an Exercise Science degree, but I did not know what I wanted to do with it. However, I soon took an Exercise Programming for Cancer Survivors course, and this changed everything. It combined my passion of exercise and helping others. Exercise is medicine, and I love being able to use this principle to populations that benefit the most from it. For example, I had the honor of helping a cancer survivor regain his cardiorespiratory endurance so he could dance with his granddaughter at her wedding.
What should students know about you?
I am a die-hard Denver Broncos fan and I love having discussions regarding NFL football. I always look forward to September because I know it’s the start of a new season! I am also a huge Batman fan. I like how he has to outthink his adversaries by using his wits, intelligence, detective skills, and natural physical strength. I enjoy a good debate regarding who the coolest superhero is. Batman or Superman? I think the choice is obvious there.