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Hesson JamesHesson helps operate athletic performance lab at the U.S. Olympic Training Center.

Dr. James Hesson, professor of biokinetics in the division of physical education and health of the College of Education at Black Hills State University recently spent five weeks as the director of the Athlete Performance Lab at the United States Olympic Training Center (OTC) in Colorado Springs, Colo.

While the full-time sport physiologists were busy with the Pan American Games in Brazil, Hesson says he was honored to be invited to help the center.

Randy Wilber, from the training center, praises Hesson for his outstanding work in running the Athlete Performance Lab this summer. “Our services to athletes and coaches would have suffered significantly without Dr. Hesson,” said Wilber.

Hesson earned his doctor of education degree at Brigham Young University in 1980. He has been weight training continuously since 1960 and teaching the subject since 1964. He has taught men and women of all ages, from beginners to elite athletes. He has been a professor of biokinetics in the division of physical education and health at Black Hills State University since 1990.

Hesson’s passion and purpose is motivating and inspiring others to achieve personal success in life. He achieves this through his dedicated teaching and through his writing, including many articles and professional papers and his best-selling text Weight Training for Life. Since 1993 he has worked each summer at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., with U.S. Olympic athletes and coaches.