CARL FOSTER (Ph.D., FACSM), is an exercise physiologist with interests ranging from clinical exercise physiology to elite sport physiology. He is a Professor of Exercise and Sport Science and Director of Research in the Clinical Exercise Physiology Graduate Program at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. He is also a Visiting Professor in the Department of Human Movement Science at the Vrije Universiteit-Amsterdam.
He received his Ph.D. from the University of Texas in Austin in 1976 under the physiologist-running coach Dr Jack Daniels, followed by post-doctoral work at Ball State University under Dr David Costill. He worked at Sinai Samaritan Medical Center in Milwaukee under Dr’s Michael Pollock and Neil Oldridge, before leading the Clinical Physiology program at Sinai Samaritan from 1988-1998. In 1998 moved to his present position at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. His accomplishments include more 300 scientific papers or chapters and 20 books, monographs, position stands and videos.
His professional service includes being on the scientific support team for U.S. Speed Skating from 1979-2004, Associate Editor of Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise for 15 years, chairing the Research Committee for AACVPR and serving in many roles for ACSM, including President of ACSM in 2005-2006 and Treasurer from 2014-2017.. He was the Editor of the International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance from 2009-2013. He has received the M.L. Pollock Established Investigator Award from AACVPR in 2006 and the Citation Award from ACSM in 2009.
Dr Foster got into exercise physiology: 1) because he was a singularly unsuccessful middle distance runner and was curious as to why, and 2) because his mother had died from heart disease at age 52 and his father had his first MI at age 54. Thus, his family history defines his academic interests. It took him 6 years in graduate school to find out that he “lacked athletic talent”, but in compensation he found a profession that fits him almost perfectly. He lives with his cat (named Chicken), and likes to hike in the forest above La Crosse.