Gannon Students, Faculty Attend American College of Sports Medicine Conference
Posted: January 30, 2018
Nearly 30 undergraduate students from Gannon University's Sport
and Exercise Science department recently attended a regional
conference of the American College of Sports Medicine in
Two recent Gannon University graduates, Josh McIntire and Gage
Bunker, also presented research they completed while at Gannon
during the two-day conference, which featured sessions on
cardiovascular physiology, concussions, obesity and fitness,
exercise and cancer, biomechanics, and more. McIntire examined
different methods to assess cardiovascular fitness in athletes,
while Bunker discussed different methods of assessing
cardiovascular function with children on the autism spectrum.
Bunker's research was conducted with subjects from a physical
education class at the Barber National Institute, and Erie-based
organization that provides behavioral health and intellectual
disabilities services to children and adults in Pennsylvania.
Several Gannon faculty - Kory Stauffer, Suzanne Kitts, Tania
Flink, Debra Stroiney and Rebecca Mokris -also presented research
at the conference. Stauffer presented on behalf of a third Gannon
graduate whose research focused on the club hockey team plyometric
training method to develop power and strength in hockey players.
Flink and Kitts' presentation discussed reaching at-risk female
students for inactivity. Stroiney and Mokris presented on
self-myofascial release versus instrument-assisted soft tissue
mobilization on physical performance.
The conference was an opportunity for students to meet and share
ideas with faculty and students from other schools, Assistant
Professor of Sport and Exercise Science J. David Mosinski said.
"Ultimately, it's getting them exposed to the fact that there's
tons of high-level research going on at universities across the
mid-Atlantic region," Mosinski said.
The conference also gives students new tools and resources, he
said. Sport and Exercise Science students can put what they learned
into practice during their senior year, when they complete a
practicum or a semester of research during an independent