Researchers in the Department of Kinesiology are seeking volunteers for a study investigating how exercise and footwear can impact individuals with knee osteoarthritis.
Researchers in the department of kinesiology are seeking young volunteers, ages 1.5-17, for a movement observation in children and adolescents (MOCA) study to improve methods of measuring physical activity using wearable sensors.
In an ongoing study exploring walking for health across the adult lifespan, University of Massachusetts Amherst kinesiology researchers found that walking cadence is a reliable measure of exercise intensity and set simple steps-per-minute guidelines for moderate and vigorous intensity. Catrine Tudor-Locke, professor of kinesiology and associate dean for research, and postdoctoral researchers Elroy Aguiar and Scott Ducharme concluded that for adults, age 21-40, walking about 100 steps per minute constitutes moderate intensity, while vigorous walking begins at about 130 steps per minute.
The Office of the Provost has awarded Judi LaBranche, senior lecturer in the Department of Kinesiology, a Professional Improvement Fellowship for the Spring 2019 semester. She is among the first cohort of six individuals to receive the fellowship, which relieves senior lecturers of teaching and service duties for the semester to allow them to focus on professional development activities.
Researchers in the Department of Kinesiology are seeking younger and older volunteers for a study on how fat affects muscle strength.
Chad Straight, a postdoctoral researcher in the Kinesiology Department, has been selected as a recipient of the Charles A. King Trust Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Award. The two-year, $102,500 award from The Medical Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Boston-based organization Health Resources in Action (HRiA), will fund Straight’s research on the “Sex-Specific Mechanisms of Obesity-Induced Muscle Weakness in Older Adults.”
Researchers in the Department of Kinesiology are seeking individuals between the ages of 61 to 85 to participate in a study to measure walking steps during treadmill exercise and during activities performed in daily life.
Katherine Boyer, Associate Professor of Kinesiology, recently received a National Institutes of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering Trailblazer Award to support a collaboration with Sunghoon “Ivan” Lee of the College of Information and Computing Sciences. The pair will develop and validate an integrated mobile health (mHealth) system for assessing the biomechanics of movement associated with knee osteoarthritis symptoms.
Researchers in the Department of Kinesiology are seeking both young and older volunteers for a study investigating age-related differences in muscle fatigue.
UMass Magazine highlights Kinesiology alumnus Efosa Guobadia '07 in a cover feature titled "Prime Mover." Describing him as a "vibrant, visionary UMass alumnus [who] brings rehab clinics and services to underserved communities at home and abroad," the story profiles Guobadia's work as co-founder, president and CEO of Move Together.
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