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Student Studies

Zachary Hettinger, MS
Skeletal Muscle Extracellular Matrix Remodeling Through Cyclic Compressive Loading in Old Rats Recovering from Disuse Atrophy
National Center for Complementary & Integrative Health
This study will investigate how massage in the form of cyclic compressive loading can enhance the remodeling of connective tissue during the recovery period after muscle wasting in older adults.
Period of Performance: 04/01/2021 – 03/31/2023
Total Award: $69,106


Katherine Bain, ATC, PT, DPT
The Impact of Emotion Regulation on Neurocognitive Physical Task Performance in Female Young Adults with History of Lateral Ankle Sprain
Southeast Athletic Trainers’ Association
This study will compare neurocognitive physical task performance (NPTP) and emotion regulation (ER) between females with history of lateral ankle sprain and healthy controls and determine the relationship between NPTP and ER.
Period of Performance: 04/2021 – 04/2023
Total Award: $2,500


Lauren Erickson
Effect of Blood Flow Restriction Training on Functional and Self-Reported Outcomes in Runners with Patellofemoral Pain
American College of Sports Medicine
The overarching hypothesis of our study is that low-load resistance training with blood flow restriction training is more effective than low-load resistance training without BFRT for improving quadriceps and hip strength and knee and hip running mechanics.
Period of Performance: 07/01/2020 to 09/30/2021
Total Award: $5,000


Camille Brightwell 
Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury Stimulates Cytokine Activation and Morphological Maladaptions in Patellar Tendon
American College of Sports Medicine
The goal of the study is to determine the impact of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury on the patellar tendon of the knee.
Period of Performance: 07/01/2020 to 09/30/2021
Total Award: $5,000


Cory Dungan, PhD
Examining the Impact of Exercise and Obesity on Autophagy, miRNA Abundance, and Alzheimer’s Disease Pathology
Sanders-Brown Center on Aging (NIH)
The goal of the study is to determine if changes in cerebral miRNA expression can slow down Alzheimer’s disease pathology through enhanced autophagy.
Project Period: 09/01/2019 to 08/31/2021
Total Award: Stipend, Tuition, and Travel


Lauryn Lanzer
Deficits in Disease and Patient Oriented Outcomes in Adolescents with Chronic Ankle Instability
NATA Research & Education Foundation
This study determines if adolescents with chronic ankle instability (CAI) display similar deficits in performance of the star excursion balance test (SEBT) as a result of decreased dorsiflexion range of motion (DF-ROM) when compared to adolescents with no injury history. 
Project Period: 07/01/2019 to 06/30/2022
Total Award: $1,000


Kevin Murach, PhD
Myonuclear Epigenetics of Skeletal Muscle Mass Regulation with Age
National Institute on Aging
This study provides the first muscle type-specific insight into the epigenetic regulation of skeletal muscle mass with aging, and determine whether early life stimuli affect muscle adaptability later in life.
Project Period: 07/01/2019 to 06/30/2024
Total Award: $938,308


Haley Mills
Impact of Supervised Rehabilitation on Patient Reported Function and Re-injury Rates Following Lateral Ankle Sprain
Southeast Athletic Trainers Association
This study determines the ability of patient reported outcomes and rehabilitation experiences to predict recurrent lateral ankle sprains
Project Period: 03/01/2017 to 08/01/2021
Total Award: $1,000