Six UCF NPL students presented posters at the American College of Sports Medicine conference in Orlando, Florida this week. First author presenters included Alina Swafford (on behalf of Dennis Kwon), Ryan Girts, Kylie Harmon, Rob MacLennan, Adam Burton, and Mike Sahebi. We are very proud of all of their hard work.
A former student of Dr. Stock’s, Joshua (JC) Carr, was awarded the 2019 American Kinesiology Association Graduate Student Writing Award for his work done in collaboration with the lab. JC visited UCF in the summer of 2018 for data collection. Data from that experience was published in the Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology. The full paper for which JC won the award can be found here: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1050641118301287?via%3Dihub Congratulations to JC for this wonderful accomplishment.
On Friday, April 5th, eight different graduate students whose work was carried in the Neuromuscular Plasticity Laboratory presented at the UCF Graduate Research Forum. The primary presenters were as follows:
Kylie Harmon- Is the motor unit mean firing rate versus recruitment threshold relationship linear?
Ryan Girts- Vastus lateralis motor unit recruitment thresholds in younger versus older men
Michael Sahebi, Nathan Becker, Ethan Davis- Deterioration in skeletal muscle size and quality following short-term limb immobilization
David Ogilvie, John McDorman, Ernest Vargas - Declines in muscle strength and voluntary activation are observed within 48 hours of knee joint immobilization
Last week, Dr. Stock gave a 15-minute podium presentation at the International Conference on Frailty and Sarcopenia Research (ICFSR) in Miami, Florida. The title of the presentation was “Compensatory adjustments in motor unit behavior during fatigue differ in younger versus older men.” The ICFSR is the only meeting in the world focused exclusively on all aspects of frailty and sarcopenia. Additional information about this meeting can be found here: https://frailty-sarcopenia.com/index.php
UCF PhD student Kylie Harmon has much to celebrate. First, Kylie was awarded a $1,500 scholarship through the NSCA Foundation. Founded in 2007 with the aim of supporting the advancement of strength and conditioning practical applications, the NSCA Foundation is a non-profit organization committed to providing funding to NSCA members taking part in educational and research endeavors. In addition, Kylie was awarded $5,040 through the UCF LIFE group’s Richard Tucker Gerontology Applied Research Award program. Both of these awards will help Kylie focus on research throughout her doctoral studies at UCF.
Last week, Dr. Stock was named an Alternate Member of the UCF Institutional Review Board. In his new role, Dr. Stock will be evaluating research proposals, as well as presenting them to the Board. The IRB Membership includes experts in science, medicine, and participant advocates, including representatives from the community, in order to provide the diverse perspectives needed to conduct a thorough review of research. Additional information about the Board may be found here: http://www.research.ucf.edu/Compliance/IRB/About/board_members.html
Last week, Dr. Stock, Alina Swafford, and Rob MacLennan attended the NSCA national conference in Indianapolis. While at the conference, Dr. Stock was awarded NSCA Fellow and both Alina and Rob presented research from the lab. Alina was awarded top M.S. student podium presentation!
Last week, Dr. Stock attended the International Society of Electrophysiology and Kinesiology (ISEK) annual conference in Dublin, Ireland. While there, he gave a podium presentation for the paper titled "Additional Insight into Biarticular Muscle Function: The Influence of Hip Flexor Fatigue on Rectus Femoris Activity at the Knee." Additional information about ISEK can be found here: https://isek.org/
Along with lab alumni Jacob Mota, Jennah Hernandez, and Jesse Ortegon, Jr., Dr. Stock published a new manuscript in the Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology. The manuscript's first author was University of Oklahoma Ph.D. student Joshua C. Carr. The study examined the influence of hip flexor fatigue on the activity of the rectus femoris activity as a knee extensor, with the main finding illustrating a compensatory mechanism to preserve muscle strength at a joint. A link to the article's abstract on PubMed can be found here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29940493
Students, members from the lab, and collaborators have worked together to publish a new study in Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology. The title of the manuscript is "Echo Intensity Versus Muscle Function Correlations in Older Adults are Influenced by Subcutaneous Fat Thickness." The manuscript can be found at the link below.