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Kinesiology students present for first time at Southeast American College of Sports Medicine conference
From left, Dr. Chris Robertson, JU Assistant Professor and Kinesiology Program Director; Jaclyn O’Loughlin, Kinesiology graduate student; Jordon Garman, Kinesiology graduate student; Jared Mallard, Kinesiology graduate student; Brady DeCouto, Kinesiology graduate student; Robert Paxton: Kinesiology undergraduate (graduated December 2016); and Dr. Jeff Wight, Assistant Professor of Kinesiology and Director of JU Running Biomechanics Laboratory.

Kinesiology students present for first time at Southeast American College of Sports Medicine conference

Kinesiology graduate and undergraduate students and their professors recently had the honor of presenting at the Southeast American College of Sports Medicine conference.

The annual event, which this year was held Feb. 16-18 in Greenville, S.C., brings together more than 1,000 students, faculty and professionals in health, exercise science, physical education and related fields, with speakers offering research and insights into cutting-edge topics.

Dr. Christopher Robertson

“Attendance at this meeting is a great first-time experience for our JU Kinesiology students.” said Dr. Chris Robertson, program director of Kinesiology. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for these students to engage and interact with top academic professionals in the field as well as with peer students from regional institutions in formal and informal settings. They will come back to JU having expanded their academic and professional networks, enriched their research and academic experiences, and learned of potential career opportunities in the field.”

This is the first year for the Brooks Rehabilitation College of Healthcare Sciences’ graduate Kinesiology program. In previous years, Dr. Robertson and Assistant Professor of Kinesiology Dr. Jeffrey Wight have presented, and this year, four graduate and one undergraduate student made the trip.

Dr. Jeffrey Wight

Graduate students Jaclyn O’Loughlin and Brady DeCouto had 10-minute “thematic poster presentations” that included fielding questions from an audience of 75. Both presentations were well-received, Dr. Wight said, and the students skillfully addressed a half dozen questions. Immediately following was a half-hour open session to provide time for further conversation.

Graduate students Jordon Garman and Jared Mallard, undergraduate Robert Paxton, and professors Robertson and Wight each had two-hour open poster sessions. They conducted several excellent conversations with students and faculty from programs throughout the Southeast.

Kinesiology graduate student Jordon Garman presents at the Southeast American College of Sports Medicine conference..

JU attendees and their presentations were:

Dr. Chris Robertson, Assistant Professor and Kinesiology Program Director: Does average sway velocity predict time-to-fall on single-leg and double- leg balance exams for college football players?

Dr. Jeff Wight, Assistant Professor of Kinesiology and Director of JU Running Biomechanics Laboratory: Distance running variability of stance and swing at slow and fast running speeds

Jaclyn O’Loughlin, Kinesiology graduate student: Sagittal plane knee angle variability during distance running at different speeds

Jordon Garman, Kinesiology graduate student: Sagittal plane ankle variability during distance running at different speeds

Jared Mallard, Kinesiology graduate student: Determining the limits of agreement for single and double leg balance exams for college football players

Brady DeCouto, Kinesiology graduate student: Sagittal plane hip, knee, and ankle variability for distance running at a training speed

Robert Paxton: Kinesiology undergraduate (graduated December 2016): Distance running hip flexion/extension variability at four critical instants for a slow and fast running velocity

For more information on JU Kinesiology programs, visit http://www.ju.edu/chs/ahs/kinesiology or call (904) 256-7689.