The EXSS Impact Train Keeps Rolling All Summer Long

exss unc graduationIt’s been a few months since the last day of final exams during the 2014-15 academic year.  Since that time we have celebrated the accomplishments of our students at University’s commencement ceremony.  Following the main commencement ceremony, we gathered with 285 graduating seniors and 26 masters degree recipients, plus hundreds of their family and friends to celebrate these student’s achievements.

As part of our department ceremony, we recognized the accomplishments of several individuals:

  • Meredith Mock – Patrick Earey Award Recipient
  • Tyler Miranda – George C. Marshall Award Recipient
  • Michael Diaz – Sessoms-Meyer Excellence in Recreation Administration Award Recipient
  • Cameron Overstreet – EXSS Scholar Athlete of Distinction
  • Kerry Peterson – EXSS Graduate Research Award in Athletic Training
  • Eric Trexler – Graduate Research Award in Exercise Physiology
  • Hunter Barrett – Graduate Research Award in Sport Administration.
  • Brian Pietrosimone – EXSS Excellence in Teaching Award Recipient

Our graduation ceremony marks the end of the main academic year, but our faculty and students remain extremely busy as they continue to their efforts of making an EXSS Impact throughout the summer months.  Below is a list of some of the different ways our faculty students have continued to make an EXSS Impact during the summer months.  As you’ll see, the EXSS Impact Train Keeps on Rolling!  Thanks to all for their efforts in making your EXSS Impact!

Awards and Recognitions:

  • abbie new investigator nscaAbbie Smith-Ryan – Awarded the 2015 Young Investigator Award by the National Strength and Conditioning Association
  • Tony Hackney – Appointed to education faculty for 2015-16 of the “European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology”
  • Rob Lynall – Awarded the 2015 NATA Doctoral Poster Presentation Research Award
  • Eric Trexler – Awarded 2015 Best Masters Student Presentation by the National Strength and Conditioning Association
  • Kevin Guskiewicz – Awarded Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer at 2015 NATA meeting
  • Jason Mihalik – Awarded the 2015 Canadian Athletic Therapists Association Writing Award in Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • Darin Padua – Awarded Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer at 2015 NATA Meeting in St. Louis
  • Brian Pietrosimone – Awarded New Investigator Award at 2015 NATA Meeting in St. Louis
  • Brittney Luc – Awarded the 2014 Journal of Athletic Training Award for Clinical Practice Advancement  for the manuscript “Osteoarthritis Prevalence following Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction: A Systematic Review and Numbers-Needed-to-Treat Analysis”. Presented at the 2015 NATA Meeting in St. Louis.

Grants / Scholarships / Fellowships:

  • trexler nscaBrian Pietrosimone – Awarded an R03 grant from the NIH
  • Michael Clark – Awarded an F30 Individual MD/PhD Fellowship from the NIH
  • Melissa Kay – Awarded Dr. Earlene Durrant Scholarship from the Rocky Mountain Athletic Trainers Association
  • Matt Harkey – Awarded the T.N. Chatterjee Summer Research Fellowship from the Graduate School
  • Brittney Luc – Awarded the F. Ivy Carroll Summer Research Fellowship from the Graduate School.
  • Tim Mauntel – Awarded a Doctoral Research Grant from the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Research and Education Foundation

Other Accomplishments and News:

  • pietrosimone oarsiAshley Littleton – Defended dissertation on July 8, 2015
  • Madeleine Davies, PhD student in Epidemiology from Oxford University, completed a 6-week research residency with faculty in Sports Medicine and Neuromuscular Research Laboratories
  • Nels Popp – Completed year-long ACC Championship Event Market Research Report project for the Atlantic Coast Conference.
  • Bob Malekoff – Presented at the American Academic Leadership Institute in Washington DC on the challenges inherent to striking an appropriate balance between academic, athletic, and other student life dimensions on campuses.
  • Hunter Barrett (Sport Administration Graduate Student mentored by Nels Popp) – Presented research from his thesis at the Scholarly Conference on College Sport

New Publications:

  • danny enrique maataPopp, N., Eddy. T., & McEvoy, C. (2015). Plains State University’s naming rights dilemma. Case Studies in Sport Management, 4.
  • Popp, N., Weight, E., Dwyer, B., Morse, A. & Baker, A. (2015). Assessing student satisfaction in graduate sport management programs. Sport Management Education Journal, 9, 25-38.
  • Brewer, R., McEvoy, C., & Popp, N. (2015). Predicting intrinsic value of NCAA Division I men’s basketball coaches salaries. Journal of Issues in Intercollegiate Athletics, 8, 50-73.
  • DeFreese, J. D. & Mihalik, J. P. (in press). Work-based social interactions, perceived stress, and workplace incongruence as antecedents of athletic trainer burnout. Journal of Athletic Training.
  • Smith, A. L., Troped, P. T., McDonough, M. H., & DeFreese, J. D. (2015). Youth perceptions of how neighborhood physical environment and peers affect physical activity: A focus group study. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 12.
  • DeFreese, J. D., Dorsch, T. D., & Flitton, F. (2015). Associations among markers of the parent-child relationship and parent experiences of burnout and engagement in organized youth sport. Paper presented at the annual meeting for the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (NASPSPA), Portland, Oregon.
  • DeFreese, J. D., Kerr, Z. Y., Baucom, D. H., & Guskiewicz, K. M. (2015). Relationships status and mental and physical functioning in former professional football athletes across a ten year study period. Paper presented at the annual meeting for the NASPSPA, Portland, Oregon.
  • Hughes, P. B., Kerr, Z. Y., & DeFreese, J. D. (2015). Associations among athlete burnout and markers of athletic injury. Paper presented at the annual meeting for the NASPSPA, Portland, Oregon.
  • Pietrosimone B, Blackburn JT, Harkey MS, Luc B, Pamukoff D, Hart J. Clinical Strategies for Addressing Muscle Weakness Following Knee Injury.  Published in Clinics in Sports Medicine. 2015 May; 34(2): 285-300. PMID: 25818714
  • Harkey MS, Luc BA, Frank B, Mauntel T, Stanley L, Lane A, Hackney AC, Blackburn JT, Padua DA, Spang JT, Jordan JM, Driban JB, Pietrosimone B. Frontal Plane Kinematics during Walking Gait Associate with Increased Serum Concentration of Aggrecan Breakdown, but not Type II Collagen Breakdown, in Patients Following Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction. Presented at the 2015 Osteoarthritis Research International World Congress on Osteoarthritis, Seattle, WA. Published in Osteoarthritis and Cartilage, April 2015, 23(A115-116).
  • Luc BA, Harkey MS, Blackburn JT, Stanley LE, Pamukoff DN, Mauntel TC, Frank BA, Padua DA, Spang J, Jordan JM, Pietrosimone B.  Influence of Frontal Plane Knee Angle and Hip Strength on Medial Knee Joint Loading during Walking Gait in Individuals with Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction. Presented at the 2015 Osteoarthritis Research International World Congress on Osteoarthritis, Seattle, WA.Published in Osteoarthritis and Cartilage, April 2015, 23(A115).
  • Blackburn JT, Pietrosimone BG, Frank BA, Harkey MS, Luc BA, Mauntel TC, Pamukoff DN, Stanley LE, Spang J, Jordan J. Kinetic gait adaptations following anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction: Implications for post-traumatic knee osteoarthritis. Presented at the 2015 Osteoarthritis Research International World Congress on Osteoarthritis, Seattle, WA. Published in Osteoarthritis and Cartilage, April 2015, 23(A109).
  • Pietrosimone B, Blackburn JT, Harkey MS, Luc BA, Pamukoff DN, Hackney AC, Lane AR, Padua DA, Stanley LE, Mauntel T, Frank BA, Spang J, Jordan JM, Driban JB.  Peak Vertical Ground Reaction Force and Vertical Ground Reaction Force Loading Rate during Walking Gait are Associated with a Lower Serum Ratio of Collagen Turnover in Individuals with Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction. Presented at the 2015 Osteoarthritis Research International World Congress on Osteoarthritis, Seattle, WA. Published in Osteoarthritis and Cartilage, April 2015, 23(A108-109).
  • Luc BA, Harkey MS, Pamukoff DN, Blackburn JT, Pietrosimone B. Alterations in Intracortical Inhibition and Facilitation Following Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction. Presented at the 2015 National Athletic Trainers’ Association Clinical Symposia, St. Louis, MO. Published in Journal of Athletic Training, June 2015, 50(6) S-130.
  • Harkey MS, Luc BA, Pamukoff DN, Blackburn JT, Pietrosimone B. Associations of Quadriceps Strength, Voluntary Activation, and Isokinetic Power with Self-Reported Function in Patients Following Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction.  Presented at the 2015 National Athletic Trainers’ Association Clinical Symposia, St. Louis, MO. Published in Journal of Athletic Training, June 2015, 50(6) S-129.
  • Blackburn JT, Harkey MS, Luc BA, Golightly YM, DeFreese JD, Padua DA, Bennell KL, Pietrosimone B. Awareness of posttraumatic osteoarthritis in certified athletic trainers: Influence of previous injury. Presented at the 2015 National Athletic Trainers’ Association Annual Meeting & Clinical Symposia, St. Louis, MO. Published in Journal of Athletic Training, June 2015, 50(6) S-290
  • Pietrosimone B, Blackburn JT, Harkey MS, Luc BA, Golightly YM, DeFreese JD, Padua DA, Bennell KL. Perception of knee osteoarthritis as a major health concern in certified athletic trainers: Influence of athletic trainers’ perceptions of education and treatment of patients with knee injury. Presented at the 2015 National Athletic Trainers’ Association Annual Meeting & Clinical Symposia, St. Louis, MO. Published in Journal of Athletic Training, June 2015, 50(6) S-291.
  • Pietrosimone B, Blackburn JT, Harkey MS, Luc BA, Pamukoff DN. Rate of Torque Development during Maximal Voluntary Isometric Contraction as a Surrogate Outcome for Isokinetic Power. Presented at the 2015 American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA. Published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, May 2015, 47(5S).
  • Blackburn JT, Pietrosimone BG, Anekal A, Cocciadiferro AN, Harkey MS, Luc BA, Pamukoff DN.  Ultrasonic assessment of quadriceps muscle quality does not reflect muscle function in healthy individuals. Presented at the 2015 American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA. Published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, May 2015, 47(5S).
  • Lynall RC, Mauntel TC, Padua DA, Mihalik JP. Acute lower extremity musculoskeletal injury rates increase following concussion in collegiate athletes. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. Accepted for publication (May 2015).
  • Myers, J.B. & Hibberd, E.E. How does trunk and spine motion contribute to optimal upper extremity function? Quick Questions in the Shoulder: Expert Advice in Sports Medicine: Slack Publishing Co.
  • Hibberd, E.E. & Myers, J.B. What are the most common forms of shoulder impingement in athletes and how do you differentiate between them? Quick Questions in the Shoulder: Expert Advice in Sports Medicine: Slack Publishing Co.
  • Hibberd, E.E. & Myers, J.B. Is there a relationship between shoulder and elbow injuries in overhead athletes? Quick Questions in the Shoulder: Expert Advice in Sports Medicine: Slack Publishing Co.
  • Hibberd, E.E., Laudner, K.G., Berkoff, D.J., Kucera, K.L., Yu, B., & Myers, J.B. Comparison of upper extremity physical characteristics between adolescent competitive swimmers and non-overhead athletes. Journal of Athletic Training. (In press).**Roos, K.G., Kerr, Z.Y., Golightly, Y.M., Kucera, K.L., Myers, J.B., Marshall, S.W., Rosamond, W.D., & Comstock, R.D. Descriptive epidemiology of overuse injuries in US college and high school athletes. American Journal of Sports Medicine. (In press).
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