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David Kahan

Associate Professor, Physical Education

Phone: 843-349-2588 Email: Office Hours:

Office Hours: Monday and Wednesday: 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.


Prior to Coastal Carolina University, Dr. David Kahan, Ph.D., was a professor and associate director in the School of Exercise and Nutritional Sciences at San Diego State University. He holds a Ph.D. in Health, Physical Education, and Recreation from Ohio State University; and an M.Ed. in Teacher Education and a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from UCLA. Dr. Kahan teaches classes including: Curriculum and Administration, Elementary Physical Education, Internship, Internship Seminar, Teaching Lifetime Activities, and Middle School Physical Education Pedagogy. His research interests include: website promotion of physical activity, and physical activity and religion. He hopes to begin new work on autistic students' experiences in physical education and the development of majors' pedagogical content knowledge in pickleball.

He recently co-authored the following article, which was published in in Preventive Medicine Reports: Models of school recess for combatting overweight in the United States.  In comparing previous studies of children’s energy expenditure during recess to having no recess, they found that boys and girls would expend approximately 55,000 and 50,000 kcalories, respectively, over six years of elementary school. These values equate to about 15 pounds of weight in a static energy balance model. The duration of recess had a greater impact on energy expenditure than the intensity of physical activity during recess.