Traci McCarthy awarded the American College of Sports Medicine Foundation Doctoral Student Research Grant
Traci McCarthy recently was awarded the American College of Sports Medicine Foundation Doctoral Student Research Grant for her proposal “The effects of exercise during pregnancy on sleep, low back pain, and fetal hemodynamics.” The project will evaluate differences in sleep measurements and symptoms of low back pain between pregnant women who are sedentary and physically active. Additionally, the project will assess fetal heart rate and placental blood flow during resistance exercise.
Traci McCarthy is a third-year doctoral student working in the Rutgers Sleep Laboratory under the direction of Dr. Andrea Spaeth. Traci is a licensed physical therapist and certified strength and conditioning coach. Traci became interested in studying exercise during pregnancy when she became pregnant herself and wanted to remain physically active. The goal of her research is to provide more information on the benefits of physical activity during pregnancy and the safety of performing resistance exercise throughout pregnancy.