The Complexity of Tackle Related Injuries in Rugby League

Mike is a lecturer in Sport & Exercise Science and Sport Performance courses at Leeds Beckett University in the UK. Currently Mike is completing a PhD on tackle injury mechanisms in elite rugby league and is also a performance analyst for the England Korfball national team. Mike has previously worked as a graduate teaching assistant within Leeds Beckett, a biomechanics research assistant at University of Central Lancashire and a strength and conditioning coach at elite rugby league club. Mike has a strong interest in performance analysis and is currently utilising video analysis methodology within research to better understand dynamic, open natured events, such as the tackle event in rugby league. Mike has previously presented at the International Society of Performance Analysis of Sport conference in Budapest, Hungary, winning the Routledge young researcher of year award at the conference. He currently has two studies from his PhD in the final processes of publication in peer review journals. 

Email: m.hopkinson@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

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Article:

Mechanisms and Factors Associated With Tackle-Related Injuries in South African Youth Rugby Union Players

The Assessment and Development of Speed in Junior Australian Football with Toby Edwards

Toby Edwards is a 3rd year PhD candidate and sessional tutor at The University of Notre Dame Australia. His PhD research explores the assessment and development of sprint acceleration and horizontal force-velocity-power characteristics in junior Australian football players. Toby is also the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for the South Fremantle Football Club junior development program.

Email: tobyedwards5@gmail.com

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A comparison of the physical and anthropometric qualities explanatory of talent in the elite junior Australian football development pathway

Predicting higher selection in elite junior Australian Rules football: The influence of physical performance and anthropometric attributes

Sprint Acceleration Characteristics Across the Australian Football Talent Pathway

Sprint acceleration force-velocity-power characteristics in drafted vs non-drafted junior Australian football players: Preliminary results

The Puzzle of Persistent Concussion Symptoms with Kelsey Bryk

Kelsey is a 5th year doctoral student in the Biomechanics & Movement Science program at the University of Delaware. She is originally from Winnipeg, Canada (Go Jets Go!) where she completed her Bachelor of Science with Honours in Biopsychology. She then moved on to earn her Masters of Science in Health & Exercise Science in Kelowna, BC, Canada. She became interested in the brain and neuroscience after watching a lot of Grey’s Anatomy in high school, but her interest in concussions came a few years later in undergrad while watching, naturally, ice hockey. Kelsey’s research in the concussion world has been pretty broad over the past few years, but she began to realize that most concussion research was on high school, college, or professional athletes and she couldn’t help but think “what about the everyday person?” This led her to what is now her dissertation project – investigating the neurological health of adults with persistent symptoms from a concussion. When she is not working on her dissertation, she loves to attend spinning classes, go for hikes, and loves planning her next trip to a new place!

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Email: kbryk@udel.edu

Article: Preliminary Evidence for Improvement in Symptoms, Cognitive, Vestibular, and Oculomotor Outcomes Following Targeted Intervention with Chronic mTBI Patients

The Importance of Limb Dominance for Motor Outcomes

Sean Cochran is a 2nd year Ph.D. student in the department of Kinesiology and Dance at NMSU with an emphasis in motor control and learning. His primary research interests are the effects of virtual reality training on motor and cognitive performance. He received his M.S. in Applied Neuromechanics as well as his B.S. in Sport Medicine from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Email: smcochra@nmsu.edu

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Article: The effects of brain lateralization on motor control and adaptation

Preventing Energy Deficiency Matters!

Nicole is Kinesiology PhD candidate at Penn State studying the effects of energy deficiency on metabolism, reproduction, and bone health in exercising women. She is also the Coalition Coordinator for the Female and Male Athlete Triad Coalition, a non-profit organization promoting the health and well-being of athletes and active individuals. 

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Article: Evidence for a Causal Role of Low Energy Availability in the Induction of Menstrual Cycle Disturbances during Strenuous Exercise Training

Baseball Biomechanics with Kyle Wasserberger

Kyle Wasserberger is currently a PhD student at Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama. He is a graduate teaching assistant for the School of Kinesiology as well as a research assistant in the Sports Medicine and Movement Laboratory. His research interests include performance enhancement and  mechanisms of injury in athletes with an emphasis on baseball and softball players.

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Article: Mechanical energy generation, absorption and transfer amongst segments during walking

Applied Sports Science: Research and Dissemination with Alex Ehlert

Alex Ehlert is a Ph.D. student in the Human Performance Lab at Old Dominion University. A former collegiate golfer, Alex has two primary research interests. First, on the effects of physical preparation on golf performance (e.g. strength and conditioning, nutrition, warm-ups). Second, the psychological aspects of gastrointestinal distress in endurance athletes. Within these research areas, Alex has a strong interest in “bridging the gap” between research and practice by conducting research that is relevant to the applied setting and through communication and collaboration with practitioners to help disseminate information to those who can benefit from it. 

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Article: An Applied Research Model for the Sport Sciences