James Merritt MA CSCS



Exercise Physiology Research at GSSI Valhalla

GSSI Teammate Since:


Area of Expertise:

Exercise Physiology


BS (Exercise Physiology) East Carolina University, MA (Exercise & Sport Science) University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Athletic Background:

Played baseball in high school. Enjoys both weightlifting and golf.

Scientific Background:

James is a scientist at the Gatorade Sport Science Institute (GSSI) in Valhalla, New York. Before joining GSSI, James received his master’s degree in exercise & sport science at the University of North Carolina.  During his graduate studies, he conducted neuromuscular function research focusing on identifying ways to decrease fall risk and injuries in tactical occupations (e.g. firefighters) and worked as a sport science and coaching intern at Athletic Lab Performance Training Center, training athletes on the North Carolina Football Club and North Carolina Courage in the weight room. In his spare time, James enjoys spending time with his wife and dogs, playing golf, and weightlifting.