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What Excites You about Research?

Our graduate students get involved in research in their classes, working with faculty in labs, and conducting their own indepedent research be it for their theses or to pursue their quest for knowledge. Our studenst have published papers and presented at Regional and National conferences.

GEORGE CROUCH, Exercise Phsyiology 2020

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Owner George St Gym, Adelaine, Australia

Thesis: THE EFFECT OF BALLISTIC TRAINING ON PUNCHING FORCE & ENDURANCE IN TRAINED BOXERS (Link to Thesis)

"Results showed a 30% increase in maximum punch force and 44% increase in rate of force development. The inclusion of ballistic training within a speed-strength phase prior to competition should be considered by coaches working with combat athletes."

Kelley Meyer, Sport Psychology 2020

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PT Operations Support Specialist & Athletic Trainer (completing CMPC)

Thesis: PREDICTORS OF RESILIENCE IN COLLEGIATE STUDENT-ATHLETES (Link to Thesis)

"Appraising stressors as challenges and opportunities for growth and development was a positive predictor of resilience in collegiate student-athletes."

DAKOTA BRAVERO, Human Performance 2020

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Strength and Conditioning Coach, Muhlenberg College

Thesis: THE RELIABILITY OF COUNTERMOVEMENT JUMP VARIABLES WHEN MEASURED USING A CELL PHONE APP (Link to Thesis)

The "My Jump 2" app was not reliable for measuring countermovement jump variables in athletes remotely - athletes used app on their own phone at isolation (remotely) from the researcher.  This intriguing as the app has been validated when used in person.

JESSICA JONES, Sport Psychology 2021

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4th year counseling psychology doctoral student, Seton Hall University

Thesis: AN INTERPRETATIVE PHENOMENOLOGICAL ANALYSIS OF BLACK FEMALE STUDENT-ATHLETES’ EXPERIENCES WITH MICROAGGRESSIONS AND PERCEIVED PERCEPTION OF BODY IMAGE 

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“Findings highlight those participants were unable to separate their racial identity from their athletic identity. Participants shared they did not let discrimination stop them from playing their sport because they were inspiring other Black girls and women. Instead, their experiences with microaggressions forced them to appreciate their racial and athletic identity”.