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    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 is accepting applications from students interested in receiving a PhD in Rehabilitation Science (Specialization in Sports Medicine). Laboratory research assistantships will focus on upper and lower extremity injury mechanisms, prevention, surgical treatment, and rehabilitation as well as biomechanics, neuromuscular control, golf injury research, cycling biomechanics, exercise physiology, and performance enhancement.

    The PhD in Rehabilitation Science (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.

    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 (

    Joseph B. Myers, PhD, ATC

    Coordinator of Graduate Education in Sports Medicine

    University of Pittsburgh

    Sports Medicine and Nutrition

    4044 Forbes Tower

    Pittsburgh, PA 15260