Kinesiology doctoral candidates win awards from ACSM

April 17, 2014

From left: Cory Greever and Jocelyn Hafer.

Cory Greever and Jocelyn Hafer, doctoral candidates in the Department of Kinesiology, recently won research grants of $5,000 apiece from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM).  

Hafer will use her funds, provided by the ACSM Foundation, for her study titled, “"Physical activity: a mediator of muscle power, knee mechanics, and fatigue.”  

“I was very surprised and excited that ACSM is supporting my biomechanics research,” says Hafer. 

Her study aims to determine the effect of physical activity status on the relationship between knee mechanics and muscle function in older adults. Hafer will use novel techniques to investigate the potential for habitual physical activity to alter the age-related decline of muscle function and mechanical function during mobility activities. "Understanding the relationship between physical activity, gait mechanics, and muscle function is critical for providing an evidence-based rationale to expand the promotion of exercise to include the prevention of chronic musculoskeletal disease," notes Hafer.

Greever won funding from the ACSM Carl V. Gisolfi Memorial Fund, which is “designated to encourage research in thermoregulation, exercise, and hydration,” according to the organization’s website. Greever will use the award for his doctoral study, which examines the effects of a culturally tailored physical activity and sleep program on objectively measured physical activity and sleep in Latina girls. Although Greever says that “Latinas suffer from disproportionately high rates of physical inactivity, sleep deprivation and obesity related disease,” such a study examining activity and sleep is not the norm in current scientific research.   

“It's an incredible honor to receive external funding from such a prestigious organization and use it to better our community,” says Greever.