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Student Studies


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

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 06/30/2020

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

Paige Clawson

The Role of Hip Strength Deficits on Dynamic Function in Those with Chronic Ankle Instability

Southeast Athletic Trainers’ Association

This study evaluates the expected deficiencies and anticipated associations of isometric hip strength and self-reported function and disability in individuals with chronic ankle instability.

Project Period: 04/01/2019 to 03/31/2020

Total Award: $1,000

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 08/01/2020

Total Award: $1,000