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David Sword

David Sword, PT, DPT, CCS, CSCS

David Sword, PT, DPT, CCS, CSCS
Associate Professor
Division of Physical Therapy

151B Rutledge Avenue, MSC 962
Charleston, SC 29425

Phone: (843) 792-0315
Fax: (843) 792-0710


  • DPT, Massachusetts General Hospital (2006)
  • BS, Physical Therapy, Medical University of South Carolina (1993)
  • MS, Exercise Science, Oakland University (1988)
  • BS, Exercise Science, Eastern Michigan University (1986)

Areas of Teaching

  • Health Promotion
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy

Research Interests

  • Resistance Training in the Elderly
  • Resistance Training in Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation
  • Role of Exercise in the Prevention of Chronic Disease


  • Sword, David O., Resistance training in cardiac rehabilitation: risks, benefits, and recommendations. Journal of SC Med Assoc 1992; 88: No. 2, 65.


  • DOD (Department of Defense). Project 18: Effects of Exercise Type on Alleviating Fatigue in Women With Breast Cancer. PI: Yuen, H., Participating Faculty: D. O. Sword. (8/1/2002-7/30/2004, Total: $185,000.00), Current Year Amount: $76,136.00.
  • Home Physical Activity Programs for the Promotion of Health and Wellness in Individuals with a Spinal Cord Injury. SC Spinal Cord Injury Research Fund. Jack Thomas, Co-Principal Investigator. Participating Faculty: D.O. Sword.  $150,000.00.  2004-2006.

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