Department of Defense Funded Sports Medicine Doctoral Research
Assistantships are Available at the University of Pittsburgh

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). There are several Department of Defense Funded
graduate research assistantships available within the Neuromuscular
Research Laboratory, focusing on injury prevention in the military.

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 will be provided extensive research
experience in the Neuromuscular Research Laboratory housed within the
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Center for Sports Medicine as
well as our satellite laboratories across the country. 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


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Joseph B. Myers, PhD, ATC

Coordinator of Graduate Studies in Sports Medicine

School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences

University of Pittsburgh

4044 Forbes Tower

Pittsburgh, PA 15260

(office) 412-383-6527

(fax) 412-383-6636

Associate Director

Neuromuscular Research Laboratory

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

UPMC Center for Sports Medicine

3200 South Water Street

Pittsburgh, PA 15203

(office) 412-432-3800

(fax) 412-432-3801