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Rutgers Human Performance Lab paying dividends

By Benn Teicher | myCentralJersey.com | August 2, 2014

While many of the Rutgers University faithful are excited with the school's recent move to the Big Ten Conference from an athletic standpoint, the move might be even more beneficial from an academic standpoint.

After the inaugural Rutgers Human Performance Conference in March, buzz has reached all over the country because of the valuable assets it gives to students, athletes, coaches and trainers.  Thus far, the Human Performance Laboratory has had a large impact on the department of exercise science at the university as well as the Rutgers athletic department.

Shawn Arent, the director of the center, has been an integral part of the success and sees incredible potential with the facility moving forward.

"We are just scratching the surface," said Arent.  "It give our students unprecedented access to work with athletes and interpret important data."

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Dr. Feigley receives award

Congratulations to Dr. David A. Feigley, recipient of a 2014 SAS Award for Distinguished Contributions to Undergraduate Education.  Read citation

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Rutgers students stage 'Mind and Body Games' at Parker's Fun, Food and Fitness Fair

By Brian Wood | April 2014

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Seventeen students from the Rutgers Department of Exercise Science and Sports Studies reached across generations to stage “Fun Mind and Body Games” at the Fun, Food and Fitness Fair on April 6 at Parker Home.

The Rutgers students are enrolled in Dr. Nicole Robell’s class on Exercise and Aging as part of their four-year degree.  The students were challenged by Dr. Robell to create games and exercises that would address issues that affect our aging population.

“Most of these students are just beginning to understand how to create programs for the senior population.  There are very different levels of ability within this age group,” Dr. Robell explained.  “The students often don’t realize how much contact they will have with the over-55 population in their field of sports and exercise.  These games are a great way to bridge that inter-generational gap.”

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Keeping Youth Athletes in the Game

A special program helps sports participants avoid injuries on the field.

Winter 2014

Robell Article

Sports fans know that knee injuries are a common problem for athletes.  What they may not know is that females are at about eight times greater risk than males for injuries to the knee in general and to its famously vulnerable anterior cruciate ligament (ACL ) in particular.  To help schoolage athletes avoid these injuries, the Saint Peter’s Sports Medicine Institute prescribes PEP.

No, that’s not school spirit.  It’s a nationally recognized training program called “Prevent injury, Enhance Performance,” or PEP for short.  While the PEP program was initially studied and designed for females, the program can be performed with male athletes as well.  Nicole Robell, D.P.T. (doctor of physical therapy), has been visiting area high schools to teach the program to soccer players and will have expanded the program to basketball teams by the late fall sports season.

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Dr. Shawn Arent works with Rutgers women's soccer team

Rutgers women's soccer team uses technology to improve program and lower injury rates

By Mike Vorkunov | October 6, 2013

In the shadow of the Rutgers Athletic Center, the school's women's soccer team practices on the grassy back fields of the Livingston campus.  It is no more or less routine a scene than any other, until you notice the wooden table adjacent to the end line that serves as the nerve center of the practice.

Assistant coach Meghan Ryan has developed a habit of running over to that table during stoppages.  Players regularly come by to ask about their progress.  They seek answers not from a member of the soccer program but from a graduate student monitoring a gray computer, tracking the heart rates of every player on the field.

Struck with a rash of injuries two years ago, head coach Glenn Crooks began to look for a solution that would help keep his players on the field. He ordered his assistant coaches to find one as well. They surveyed college coaches and Ryan visited soccer conventions, focusing her attention on presentations about how to limit injuries.

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