Health Exercise and Sports Sciences
In October, the HESP Department and Athletic Training (AT) Program received approval by the Board of Certification (BOC) to provide continuing education units (CEU's) for AT professionals. We have been hosting CEU events once a month and will continue to do so for our Preceptors and Alumni.
HESP: On March 26th, 2014 an official chapter of Iota Tau Alpha (Gamma Pi) was chartered on our campus. Iota Tau Alpha is an Athletic Training Education Honor Society. 12 of our 17 students qualified academically. We will induct these students, as well as 12 others (Alumni, Graduates, and Honorary members) in an official ceremony on April 30th.
Chris Snell, Health, Exercise and Sport Sciences, was invited to present on "Exercise Challenge Studies in CFS" at the Food and Drug Administration Scientific Drug Development Workshop "Development of Safe and Effective Drug Therapies for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) and Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME)" in Bethesda, Md.
Chris Snell, Health, Exercise and Sport Sciences, published the paper "Discriminative Validity of Metabolic and Workload Measurements to Identify Individuals with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome" in the journal Physical Therapy. Co-authors on the paper were Todd Davenport, Physical Therapy, Staci Stevens '91, '97, and J. Mark VanNess, Health, Exercise and Sport Sciences.
Peg Ciccolella, Health, Exercise, and Sport Sciences, and Todd Davenport, Physical Therapy, had the article "Scientific and Legal Challenges to the Functional Capacity Evaluation in Individuals with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome," published in the journal Fatigue: Biomedicine, Health & Behavior.
Graduate student KC Albiston '13, Health, Exercise and Sport Sciences, presented the paper, "Mood Disturbances Associated with Training Distress in Swimmers" at the South West chapter meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine in Newport Beach. The paper was co-authored with Mark Van Ness, Health, Exercise and Sport Sciences.
Peg Ciccolella, Mark VanNess, Brian Moore and James Wyant, Health, Exercise, and Sport Sciences, have had their article "Rhabdomyolysis and the Law: A Brief Review," accepted for publication in the Journal of Exercise Physiology.
Mark VanNess, Health, Exercise and Sport Sciences, will be addressing the Assembly of Northern Ireland in the Long Gallery of the Stormont Building in Belfast about discriminating myalgic encephalomyelitis from other fatiguing illnesses. This is part of a seven-day trip that includes meeting with scientists at East London University; providers at a patient conference at Newry, Northern Ireland, and a CME conference at the Watershed in Bristol, England. The trip is funded by the Newry & Mourne ME support group and the Bristol ME/CFS continuing medical educators.
Brian Moore, Health, Exercise and Sport Sciences, had his paper, "Persistence of Serotonergic Enhancement of Airway Response in a Model of Childhood Asthma," coauthored with colleagues from UC Davis, accepted for publication in the American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology. The research revealed that exposure to environmental pollutants, such as ozone and common allergens, induces asthma symptoms and reduces lung function in a model of childhood asthma that remains even after the environmental pollutants are no longer present. The research also identified a probable mechanism responsible for the asthma symptoms related to disrupted serotonin signaling in the airway. The discovery of a persistent serotonin-mediated pathway may identify novel therapeutic targets for pharmacological intervention in the treatment of childhood asthma.