Friday, July 18, 2014

International Society of Biomechanics in Sports Annual Conference Recap

Well, the International Society of Biomechanics in Sport Annual Conference is now over.  It is amazing how fast it flew by, especially after how long we have been preparing for it.  Dr. Kimitake Sato (and his supporting staff) has shown us all how well an international conference can run, and we are certainly in his debt for pushing so hard to make this event happen.

The ISBS annual conference was a great event for learning about new research and new perspectives in sports biomechanics.  It was also an excellent opportunity for us to make new friends and build our professional networks. It is easy to understand why so many people continue attending this event year after year. We get a great opportunity to see old friends, make new ones, learn a TON, and explore the cultures of the hosting country and other attendees. The best part about this whole event is that somehow we get to call it “work”!

For the majority of ETSU students, this was our first time at an ISBS conference. Despite our inexperience with the conference, we were welcomed with open arms and made to feel as if we had been here all along. Our research got some very good suggestions and feedback, and we also learned that there are some young, exciting up-and-comers within ISBS that one day we will be lucky to call colleagues. It was also great to get so many different countries and cultures right in the Millennium Center- we certainly made the world just a little bit smaller for the past 5 days.

There were quite a few awards that were given at the Banquet, and I think it is important we recognize these impressive scholars:

ISBS Fellow - Aki Salo, Wolfgang Potthast
Life Member - Hermann Schwameder, Young-Hoo Kwon
Jeffrey Dyson Lecturer for 2015 ISBS Conference- Richard Smith
Hans Gros Emerging Researcher - Neil Bezodis
New Investigator Award Oral- Pedro Morouco
New Investigator Award Poster- Nathalie Alexander

One year from now, ISBS is headed to Poitiers, France. We are so excited for the opportunity to experience another country- and see all of our new friends from ISBS again. See pics from the event here:

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Upward Bound- Prospective Exercise and Sport Science High Schoolers

Those of us who are in the CESSCE or are involved in the Olympic Training Site eat, sleep, dream, and dream about this field. We are obsessed! We certainly weren't born this way- we were introduced to this field by mentors, teachers, coaches and outreach programs.

Recently we had the opportunity to talk about what we do with a slew of high schoolers from the northeast Tennessee and southern Virginia area. We got to talk about what we love most- exercise and sport science!

We had talks from Dr. DeWeese about what it's like to work with Olympic athletes, and from Dr. Sato about what you can do with an Exercise Science degree. Meg Stone talked about what the CESSCE does, and Dr. Mizuguchi taught a bit about what weightlifting is. Dr. Ramsey told us about the really important stuff- how you get in, what classes you have to take etc. We also had a couple of stations that kids rotated around, where they got to learn about electromyography (the electrical activity of muscles), force plates and force measurement, and about what makes us jump so high.

We had a great time with all the kids and their program leaders- we hope they learned something, and that one day some of them get as excited about this field as we are!

You can see more pictures on our Facebook page:

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Where are they going?

There are some pretty neat places our students are headed to or are already there.  This is just a few of our former or soon-to-be-former graduate students from this year:

Ryan Alexander -Sports Physiologist for US Soccer Women's Youth National Teams
Chris Bailey - Assistant Professor LaGrange College
Chase Edwards- Physical Therapy Student at Emory Henry University
James Hoffmann - Assistant Professor Temple University
Mike Israetel - Assistant Professor University of Central Missouri
Brian Johnston - Director of Athletic Training, East Tennessee State University
Keith Leiting - Athletic Trainer/ Strength and Conditioning Coach with Integration Sports, Taiwan
Tim McInnis - Assistant Professor LaGrange College
Jake Reed - Texas A&M