Students Present Research at Sports Medicine Conference

HIGH POINT, N.C., June 27, 2014 – High Point University students and professors recently presented their research at the prestigious American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting in Orlando, Fla.

A group of five professors and 11 students from the HPU School of Health Sciences presented original research at the conference to an international audience of industry-leading professionals, graduate students and pre-professionals. Their works, which focused on physical therapy, athletic training and exercise science, were completed in the Human Biomechanics and Physiology Laboratory on HPU’s campus.

Dr. James Smoliga, associate professor of physiology, says attending and presenting at the ACSM Annual Meeting is an honor not given to many undergraduate students.

“ACSM is a respected conference attended by experts from around the world,” says Smoliga. “While most researchers present at a conference for the first time during their Ph.D., our undergraduate students did an excellent job presenting their research to this international audience.”

Student presenters and attendees included Allie Arpante, Andrea Baellow, Lauren Blackwell, Brenn Bolding, Nicole Giordano, Christina Giusto, Katie Hahn, Jennifer Keith, Kelsey McLaughlin, Taylor Wimbish and Leah Anne Wirfel.

ACSM is the most comprehensive sports medicine and exercise science conference in the world. Attendees around the globe come together to share new clinical techniques, scientific advancements and cutting-edge research in sports medicine, exercise science, physical activity and public health.

In addition to presenting their research, students attended a variety of sessions geared toward graduate students, where they had the opportunity to interact with leading experts in their fields.

“While textbooks provide a valuable resource, it often takes years for the latest research to be integrated into them, whereas the information presented at professional conferences is extremely up-to-date,” says Smoliga. “Our students were model representatives for HPU, and this type of experience sets them apart and will pay huge dividends in their future endeavors.”

Students were aided in research and in presentation by HPU professors Dr. Kevin Ford, Dr. Yum Nguyen, Dr. Kim Reich, Dr. James Smoliga and Dr. Kyle Sunderland, who are all highly involved with ACSM. The trip was funded by HPU’s Undergraduate Research and Creative Works program.

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