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Myers, Joseph
10-17-2004, 09:50 PM
Sports Medicine Doctoral Research Assistantships are Available



The graduate program in Sports Medicine in the Department of Sports
Medicine and Nutrition (School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences) at
the University of Pittsburgh are accepting applications from students
interested in receiving a PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences (Specialization
in Sports Medicine). There are several graduate research assistantships
available within the Neuromuscular Research Laboratory including one (in
collaboration with the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the
University of Pittsburgh) that will primarily focus on research related
to biomechanical and neuromuscular factors associated with knee injury
mechanisms, prevention, surgical treatment, and rehabilitation. Other
graduate laboratory research assistantships will focus on upper and
lower extremity biomechanics and neuromuscular control, golf injury
research, cycling biomechanics and exercise physiology, and performance
enhancement.

The PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences (Specialization in Sports Medicine)
is structured to provide coursework in the major academic areas of
sports medicine, physiology, biomechanics, nutrition, bioengineering,
education, research methodology, statistics, anatomy, and
pathokinesiology. Students are provided extensive research experience in
the Neuromuscular Research Laboratory housed within the University of
Pittsburgh Medical Center, Center for Sports Medicine. The research
experience in the Neuromuscular Research Laboratory focuses on issues
central to clinical research in orthopedics and sports medicine.
Research includes the use of motion analysis (video and
electromagnetics) electromyography, isokinetic dynamometry,
proprioceptive and balance assessment modalities, and metabolic and
physiological assessment techniques for the purpose of defining and
restoring function in the injured athlete and physically active
individual. Weekly seminars sponsored by the Departments of Orthopaedic
Surgery and Sports Medicine provide students with access to the most
current research and clinical developments related to patient care.
Information about the program can be obtained at www.pitt.edu/~neurolab.



Successful candidates should have:

1. Completed their masters degree in an appropriate
field of study

(biomechanics, athletic training, physical therapy, biomedical
engineering, exercise physiology, etc)

2. Demonstrated experience in conducting applied and
clinical research

3. Strong oral and written communication skills

4. Strong computers skill

5. Competency in the use instrumentation for human
movement analysis.



Graduate assistantships conducting research within the Neuromuscular
Research Laboratory will be provided to those who qualify and include
full tuition waiver, a stipend of approximately $11,000 (8 month
appointment, option for summer appointments), and health insurance.
Typically assistantships are one-year appointments renewable annually.



Additional information concerning the program can be obtained by
contacting Joseph Myers, PhD, ATC at the contact information below and
by visiting the Neuromuscular Research Laboratory website
(www.pitt.edu/~neurolab).



Joseph B. Myers, PhD, ATC

Coordinator of Graduate Education in Sports Medicine

University of Pittsburgh

Sports Medicine and Nutrition

4054 Forbes Tower

Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Email: myersjb@msx.upmc.edu




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