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Spring 2012

KIN Insider UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI Volume 2, Issue 2 Paul Resnick, Editor

Message from Joseph Signorile, Ph.D. Professor Department of Kinesiology & Sport Sciences

In the Fall issue of the KIN Insider Dr. Perry began her introduction with the statement: “These are very exciting times for the Kinesiology and Sport Sciences Department”. Since then the excitement has continued to increase and it’s my pleasure to report on a specific focal point of this academic surge, the Max Orovitz Laboratory. As most of you know, the new laboratory space, on the first floor of the Max Orovitz Building, houses the Laboratory of Athletic Training, the Laboratory of Sports Medicine and Motion Analysis, and the Laboratory of Neuromuscular Research and Active Aging. These laboratories, in association with the Laboratory of Clinical and Applied Physiology, the UM Hospital’s Sports Medicine Department and College Athletics, are setting a new milestone for research in our department. Although we truly miss Dr. Sae Yong Lee, our research in the area of Sports Medicine is continu-

ing to expand. We have five studies which we expect to receive final approval by our Human Subjects Board before the end of March. These include two studies by Athletic Training students Nancy Melnyk and Patrick Miller who are working on their Masters in Sports Medicine. These studies are examining, respectively, the impacts of whole body vibration and dynamic posturography training on balance in patients with chronic ankle instability. Additionally, Hyung-pil Jun, an Exercise Physiology Doctoral Student specializing in Sports Medicine will be beginning two studies involving patellofemoral pain syndrome, one examining targeted resistance-training techniques and the second using a relatively new intervention, kinesiotape. Finally, Cole Meyers, another PhD student will be examining the interactive effects of cleat type and playing surface on injuries in professional soccer players. We are also expanding our research in the areas of movement analysis and electromyography with two studies. The first is a fusion between our Movement Analysis and Neuromuscular Assessment laboratories and our Strength and Conditioning track. This study, which

has as its coordinator our Doctoral Research Assistant, Arturo Leyva, will examine the differences between the front and back squat as preconditioning exercises to promote post-activation potentiation (PAP). Our concentration on athletic performance is also illustrated by two other studies. Nicole Rendos, another Exercise Physiology Doctoral Student will be examining the kinematic and electromyographical differences between treadmill and overground running, while Karin Dowen, a Masters student in Sports Medicine will be evaluating variations in lower body muscle utilization patterns between multi-directional and unidirectional athletes during a functional test battery. Finally, Dr. Harriell and I, with our Doctoral Research Assistant Meng Ni and Ms. Kiersten Mooney of Bala Vinyasa Yoga, are in the process of establishing a new line of research examining the application of specific yoga poses and sequences as targeted interventions for improved performance and rehabilitation for specific populations. In addition to this picture of imminent research, I would be remiss if I did not mention ongoing studies and collaborations. In the area of Exercise and Aging we have

Inside this issue: Exercise Physiology


Athletic Training


Sport Administration


Featured Alumnus


SPORT Golf Classic


Exercise Physiology Accelerated Masters Program Info


Message…. (cont.) two studies in progress which reflect our goal of applying a true diagnosis/prescription model to exercise interventions. The first is coordinated by Dr. Olga Sevim, a visiting scholar from Gazi University in Turkey and expands upon a study which I began with Dr. Bernard Roos, Director of the Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Center of the Bruce W. Carter Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center. The purpose of the study is to develop a diagnostic questionnaire which physicians can use in their office to assess limitations in older individuals’ activities of daily living and provide an exercise program tailored to their needs. The second, managed by Arturo Leyva has as its goal the development of low-cost and easily administered field tests to evaluate dorsiflexion, hip flexion and plantar flexion strength and power in a clinical environment. In a joint effort with Dr. Tony Musto of the Patti and Allan Herbert Wellness Center, we are expanding our efforts to establish more exacting exercise interventions into the area of studio cycling. Nicole Rendos is currently coordinating this study which examines the effects of body position and resistance levels on oxygen consumption and quadriceps EMG activity during this popular exercise modality. Finally, Lorena Martin, an Exercise Physiology Doctoral Student, is the research coordinator for a study involving the interactive effects of resistance-based training and psychological interventions on body composition, functional performance and exercise adherence in Hispanic women 18 through 69 years of age. This study was a collaborative effort Page 2

between myself, Dr. Perry, our Departmental Chairman and Director of our Laboratory of Clinical and Applied Physiology, Dr. Kahn, former Dean of our Business School and Director of the Baker Retailing Center of the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, and Dr. Perkins, Professor of Marketing for the Richard Ivy School of Business at the University of Western Ontario. The preliminary results from this study have been used as part of our recent NIH R-21 entitled, “Project DO IT! –Diabetic and Obesity Intervention and Training”. However, all of this work would mean little if it were not shared with our colleagues. To that end within the past year the faculty at our laboratory have published five articles, the most recent being, “Postural control changes following training using the Wii balance program and standardized falls prevention programs” in the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation which is currently in press. I also had my latest book, Bending the Aging Curve, published last February and the latest edition of Karen Lew’s text Athletic Training Exam Review: A Student Guide to Success, written with Lynn Van Ost and Karen Manfre, is currently in press and expected to be released this spring. The latest addition to our laboratory faculty, Lisa Dorfman, has also been busy writing having contributed her chapter entitled Nutrition in Exercise and Sports Performance, to Krause's Food & The Nutrition Care Process published in 2011. In addition to these published works, the team has also been active presenting

their research regionally, nationally and internationally with presentations at the XIV Colombian Congress of Nutrition and Dietetics, the American College of Sports Medicine, The International Conference on Active Aging, the 10th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Education, and the Southeast athletic training Association Conference. I am personally looking forward to presenting my lecture on targeted prescription training for older individuals at this year’s NSCA Personal Trainers Conference in April. In my past two decades at the University of Miami, we have seen some extraordinarily productive years, but thanks to the support of our Dean, the guidance and example set by our departmental Chair and the teamwork among our faculty members, those years pale in the light of our latest accomplishments, and in my opinion the Max Orovitz Laboratory Complex has yet to realize its potential as both a research and clinical teaching facility.


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Exercise Physiology Dr. Signorile Appointed to the Center of Aging at UM By combining cutting-edge research, education, and community outreach, the University of Miami's Center on Aging is finding ways to prevent disability, increase independence, and help older people lead active and rewarding lives. The center uses a multidisciplinary approach to the study of aging. Faculty conduct research in such diverse areas as Alzheimer's, AIDS, cancer, genetics, immunology, falls, stress, and technology to enhance lives. It also offers many programs for the elderly and their caregivers. As part of its multidisciplinary approach to the study of aging, the center collaborates with a number of departments and centers across the University of Miami.

Sample’s of current research being conducted in Exercise Physiology:

Submaximal field tests and norms for dorsiflexion and plantar flexion in persons 10 to 100 years of age. Arturo Leyva There is a clear association between ankle dorsiflexion, plantar flexion and hip flexion strength, power and range of motion and functional performance and balance across all age groups. However, no valid field tests exist that would allow clinicians to assess these properties in a clinical setting. In addition, no norms exist for these properties for the general population. Therefore, this study will develop field tests of plantar flexion, dorsiflexion and hip flexion strength, power and range of motion, compare the validity of these tests to standards of measurement in the laboratory, and examine the inter-rater and time course reliability of the tests.

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Validation of a Questionnaire Assessing ADL Functionality in an Elderly Population Olga Sevim We intend to validate a questionnaire and linked computerized analysis system that will allow physicians and other health care professionals to assess older persons’ capacity to perform activities of daily living (ADL) and identify the specific age-related physical declines associated with their decrements in ADL performance. Goal 1: To develop and validate a computerized questionnaire employing a 5point likert scale that will successfully predict ADL performance as measured by the ten-item Continuous-Scale Physical Functional Performance Test (PFP-10) (1). Objective 2: To develop a set of algorithms that will allow the physician or other health care professional to identify in order of importance the physical performance variables associated with ADL performance limitations and obtain an overall physical performance score for the their older patients.

Pluchino, A., Lee, S.Y., Asfour, S., Roos, B.A., Signorile, J.F. Postural control changes following training using the Wii balance program and standardized falls prevention programs. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Pictures of our program in action & the Orvitz Lab

Recent Publications: Kressler, J., Stoutenberg, M., Roos, B.A., Friedlander, A.L., Perry, A.C., Signorile, J.F., Jacobs, K.A. Sildenafil does not improve steady state cardiovascular hemodynamics, peak power, or 15-km time trial cycling performance at simulated moderate or high altitudes in men and women. European Journal of Applied Physiology 2011. Stoutenberg, M., Kressler J., Chen, G.L., Perry, A.C., Myerburg, R.J., Mendez, J., Signorile, J.F., Arheart, K.L., Lewis J.E., Jacobs, K.A. Aerobic training does not alter CRP in apparently healthy, untrained men. Journal of Sports Medicine in Physical Fitness, Feb. 2012; 52(1):53-62. PMID:22327087.

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Athletic Training Southeastern Athletic Training Student Symposium in Atlanta

The undergraduate students in the Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) attended the 27th Annual SEATA Athletic Training Student Symposium in Atlanta, Georgia on February 2-4, 2012. This educational meeting was a great opportunity for the Athletic Training majors to network and interact with other athletic training students from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. Athletic Training Senior, Mahitha Reddy presented and received an award for her poster on a research project she assisted with entitled “No Associations Detected between Proprioception and Dynamic Posture Control throughout All Phases of the Menstrual Cycle�. Caption describing picture or graphic.

In addition, Athletic Training Faculty Dr. Kysha Harriell and Karen Lew and Exercise Physiology Doctoral Student, Hyung-Pil Jun presented to a total of over 500 athletic training students from across the United States. The University of Miami had the largest faculty representation speaking at this event. Dr. Harriell and Karen Lew presented on Job Skills 101: Networking, Social Media, Resume Building, and Interview Skills. The response from this presentation was overwhelming and we are continuing to receive requests for assistance in resume writing and networking from many of the students that attended the meeting. Hyung-Pil Jun presented on The Theory and Application of Kinesiotaping. The combined lecture and lab was the first time a Kinesiotaping presentation and workshop has ever been offered to the students at the SEATA Symposiums and the response to this creative and innovative presentation was exceptional, as many of the attendees have not had the opportunity to utilize or be instructed on the use of Kinesiotape.

The University of Miami faculty played a key role in the largest student meeting for athletic training students in the country. In addition to the formal lectures, the UM faculty served as lab instructors throughout the meeting and assisted students with laboratory experiences. Having the opportunity to work with other students and promote the University of Miami is one of the many highlights of this Symposium.

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Athletic Training (cont.) Emergency Preparedness As future certified athletic trainers and as current athletic training students, emergency preparedness and emergency management is a key component to every aspect of athletic training. Over the past year, the skills and knowledge required of athletic trainers has morphed and expanded to include advanced airway management, oxygen administration, advances in thermoregulation assessment, use and administration of current pulmonary medications and devices, as well as improved mobilization and stabilization techniques. The University of Miami students had the opportunity to interact with members of the Coral Gables Rescue Team during their Emergency Healthcare course. Three members of the Coral Gables Rescue Team came to UM to provide instruction and educational equipment so the athletic training majors and those enrolled in KIN 145 would have the opportunity to utilize the most cutting edge equipment. During the laboratory session, the students had the opportunity to utilize oropharygneal and nasopharyngeal airways, practice spineboarding on a variety of spineboards, and use a laryngoscope. These educational experiences go beyond the current requirements of athletic training education as the new educational requirements do not go into place until next year. In addition to the student experiences, Dr. Kysha Harriell, Athletic Training Education Program Director, and Karen Lew, Athletic Training Education Clinical Coordinator have attended two comprehensive training sessions on the advancement of emergency medicine within athletic training. The first workshop was a part of the Florida Athletic Training Educators meeting held in Lakeland, FL where athletic training educators from around the state came together to share ideas and learn the newest most advanced techniques in emergency medicine. The second workshop was an educators meeting held for athletic training educators around the Southeast region and the focus was on how to teach and implement the new emergency medicine content into athletic training education programs.

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Athletic Training (cont.) Honor for Current UM Athletic Training Student & Former Olympian The Sports Hall of Champions Committee of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce honored Jennifer Rodriguez at the 20th Annual Sports Hall of Champions Awards luncheon on Wednesday, October 19, 2011 at 11:30am at American Airlines Arena. Jennifer is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training in the Department of Kinesiology & Sport Sciences from the School of Education.

This annual event aims to honor individuals who have brought recognition to South Florida through their achievements in and contributions to sports. Professional athletes are inducted and honored for the recognition and esteem they have brought to themselves and our community. Jennifer was honored along with Jack McKeon and Juan Pablo Montoya!! Past receipts of this award include Dan Marino, Alonzo Mourning, Don Shula, and Muhammad Ali to name a few.

The following link is Jennifer’s Olympic page Bio. athletes/jennifer-rodriguez

Sport Administration 7th Annual SPORT Charity Golf Classic To benefit the Special Olympics of Miami-Dade County

Dust off your clubs, grab your spikes, and hit the links with the graduate program in Sport Administration to support a great cause….the Special Olympics of Miami-Dade County! The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community. Page 6

The Sport Administration graduate students are in the process of organizing the 7th Annual SPORT Charity Golf Classic at The Biltmore Golf Course. The tournament will be held on Friday, April 13th, 2012 at 8:30am. The students enrolled in KIN 563 – Facilities and Event Management – are working extremely hard on the production and execution of this event in order to make it even more successful than in years past! The event was previously held at the Palmetto Golf Course, but participant feedback from the tournament indicated that a more upscale, challenging venue was desired. The Biltmore Hotel has offered to host the charity tournament this year, and we are hoping that even more golfers will want to compete. Anyone who is interested in participating, sponsoring, or simply supporting the students in this valuable endeavor is welcome to contact Dr. Windy Dees ( for more information, or JOIN US at the Biltmore Golf Course on April 13th for the 7th Annual SPORT Charity Golf Classic to benefit the Special Olympics of Miami-Dade County.

Please refer to the end of the newsletter for more info regarding participating in this year’s golf tournament.

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Sport Administration (cont.) NASCAR Kinetics Marketing in M-O-T-I-O-N!!!

Boogedy, boogedy, boogedy LET’S GO RACING!!!! Once again, it is time to start our engines and gear up for the NASCAR Kinetics: Marketing in Motion national case study competition. This year the following UM undergraduate students are participating as a five-member team in the program and going up against 20 + other Kinetics teams across the United States: Danielle D’Arcy, Will Barnard, Corrinne Sargent, David Grimes, and Eric Hruska. Each team of select students will be given two case studies that affect NASCAR, the sponsors, or the racetracks and will be asked to create original solutions for each case study. Every team will also be tasked with hosting a viewing party for one pre-determined NASCAR sanctioned race. Participation in the NASCAR Kinetics proVolume 2, Issue 2

gram teaches our Sport Administration students many valuable lessons including: Contemporary marketing and promotional techniques, effective business communication, field research, networking, and teamwork (just to name a few!). All students are considered to be Brand Ambassadors and represent NASCAR and the University of Miami with the highest level of professionalism. The teams are evaluated based on the following grading scale: Case Study #1 (25%), Case Study #2 (25%), Viewing Party Action Plan (15%), and Viewing Party Event Summary (35%). The team who wins the competition will receive an allexpense paid NASCAR sanctioned race weekend experience. All participants in the program will be eligible to receive a personalized letter of recommendation from NASCAR as well as the opportunity to apply for various NASCAR internships and positions solely open to Kinetics team members.

lated to the integration and activation of the Fathead NASCAR series sponsorship. The ‘Canes team is looking to host this semester’s viewing party at Buffalo Wild Wings. The viewing party will begin when the green flag drops on April 14th at Texas Motor Speedway. Please join the UM team and the rest of the Sport Administration program to watch the race!!!

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Featured Alumnus: Xuewen Wang It seems like a long time ago that I arrived in Miami from Beijing China leaving my native country for the first time to obtain a PhD in exercise physiology. I wanted to study under Dr. Perry because of her work related to cardiovascular and metabolic diseases. Arriving in Miami, Florida was definitely a culture shock, not to mention the differences in the education systems between the US and China. Dr. Perry took me under her wing and made me feel a part of the University of Miami family. She was patient, understanding and showed tremendous enthusiasm for her research. It didn’t take me long to fit in and become an active member of her research team. I received wonderful education in the department and gained valuable laboratory skills, all of which became handy later on in my research. I was also involved in numerous research studies in a variety of topics, such as the metabolic and physiologic responses to video game play in kids, the association between laboratory measures and field performance of tennis players, cardiometabolic risk factors in premenopausal women. More importantly, Dr. Perry encouraged me to select courses that I was interested in besides the core courses in the Exercise Physiology program. Therefore, I took a total of 42-credit courses related to statistical and epidemiological methods from basic courses to advanced level courses. These coursework was proven to be very beneficial as I continued on research. I was fortunate to complete an internship in the Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). During the process of examining the relationship between television viewing and computer use with obesity prevalence using the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) data, I learned to apply the statistical and epidemiological knowledge I learned in class into research. My dissertation entitled “The development of the scale Women’s Health Appraisal to address middle-aged women’s menopausal symptoms” represented a combination of my interests in women’s health and my skills in statistical design and analysis. Upon graduating from the University of Miami, I began postdoctoral training at Wake Forest University School of Medicine in the section on Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine. Wake Forest University is a small-scale university, but it provides a tremendous opportunity for receiving training in physical activity and weight loss interventional clinical trials and cardiometabolic epidemiological observational studies. I was not only able to gain hands-on experience in conducting studies, but was also taught effective scientific writing including writing grants. Consequently, I received my first grant from the American Heart Association, “Effects of exercise training on prevalence of metabolic syndrome in the elderly”. In addition, I was encouraged to pursue my own research direction and accumulate preliminary data for an National Institutes of Health (NIH) K99/R00 application. Later I transferred to Washington University in St. Louis Center for Human Nutrition, where perhaps is one of the best places conducting human metabolic research with advanced methods using stable isotope tracers. I started from the use of stable isotope tracers and compartmental modeling to study very-low-density lipoprotein kinetics. After I received the prestigious NIH K99/R00 award to study changes in energy expenditure components in response to exercise interventions, I learned additional research methods including the doubly labeled water method to measure total energy expenditure, and the euglycemic hyperinsulinemic clamp procedure combined with stable isotope tracers to assess multi-organ insulin sensitivity. In January 2012, I accepted an Assistant Professor position in the Exercise Science Department in School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina in Columbia. This department is one of the leading exercise science programs in the country and provides a great opportunity to work with some of the finest, world-renowned researchers in physical activity and health. More importantly, it is a great place to use my expertise to start building a research program. Looking back the past years, the path was full of challenges, but also interesting when you find something in your work. I encourage all students in the KIN Department – with hard work, you can do great things.

Xuewen Wang Assistant Professor Department of Exercise Science Norman J. Arnold School of Public Health Columbia, SC

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7th Annual SPORT Charity Golf Classic

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Exercise Physiology Application for Accelerated Master’s Degree

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Exercise Physiology Application for Accelerated Master’s Degree

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KIN Insider Spring 2012  

Newsletter for University of Miami School of Education and Human Development Department of Kinesiology and Sport Sciences

KIN Insider Spring 2012  

Newsletter for University of Miami School of Education and Human Development Department of Kinesiology and Sport Sciences