2012 NSCA Grant Recipients

GNC Nutritional Research Grant Recipient

Jennifer Arms, CSCS

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Beetroot Juice Supplementation on Oxygen Saturation and Cycling Performance
Jennifer Arms is from Chapin, SC. She achieved her Bachelor of Science degree in Human Physiology from Boston University where she also was a member of the BU women’s ice hockey team. She has been a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® since 2010. She is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Exercise Science with an emphasis in Strength and Conditioning at Appalachian State University. She is also a Graduate Research Assistant at Appalachian State University.

Graduate Research Grant - Doctoral Recipient

Jessica Dent, MS

2012 Graduate Doctoral Dent

The Hormonal, Inflammatory and Molecular Response to Four-Week Concurrent Training
Jessica Dent completed her Bachelor of Science degree and Master’s degree in Sport and Exercise Science at Massey University, New Zealand in 2005 and 2007, respectively. After three years under the mentorship of Dr. Johann Edge, she decided to further her passion for exercise physiology and began her Doctorate at the Sports Performance Research Institute New Zealand at the Auckland University of Technology, in 2010 working alongside the exercise physiology team at High Performance Sport New Zealand. Dent’s research interests include high-intensity, repeated-sprint exercise, concurrent training, the inflammatory response to exercise, and molecular adaptation to exercise.

John McMahon, CSCS

2012 Graduate Doctoral McMahon

Lower Limb Component Stiffness: Effects of Chronic and Short-Term Training
John McMahon left the Royal Marines Commandos in 2007 to undertake a Bachelor’s degree in Sports Science at the University of Salford, UK. During his time on the course, he took advantage of the University’s links and gained a wealth of work experience in providing strength and conditioning support to elite athletes. He graduated with first-class honors in 2010, and soon after graduation he began studying for a PhD in muscle-tendon mechanics. In addition to conducting his PhD research, McMahon also teaches strength and conditioning modules to sports science undergraduates. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® with the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), and an Accredited Strength and Conditioning Coach (ASCC) with the United Kingdom Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA). Outside of academia, he has worked as a Lead Strength and Conditioning Coach at both Bury Football Club and Sedgley Park Rugby Union Football Club. Furthermore, McMahon is also the Managing Director of High Performance Conditioning Limited, a strength and conditioning facility based at the University of Salford.

Eric Sobolewski, CSCS

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Creatine's Time Course Effect on Muscle Function and Fluid Distribution




Graduate Research Grant - Master's Recipients

Greg Cantrell, CSCS

2012 Graduate Master's Cantrell

Concurrent Strength and High-Intensity Endurance Training
Greg Cantrell just finished his first year of studies in Exercise and Sports Science at the University of Memphis, and is currently a Graduate Research Assistant in the Exercise Biochemistry Lab. He is registered through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist®. His thesis focus is high-intensity concurrent training.

Hui-Ying Luk, MS, CSCS

2012 Graduate Masters Luk

Traveling and Exercise Performance
Hui-Ying Luk is a second-year Master’s student of Kinesiology at the University of Connecticut. She has also received a Master of Science degree in Strength and Conditioning from Springfield College, where she worked as the coach for the women’s rugby football club. She is a CSCS® through the NSCA and her present interests include muscle physiology, adaptation, and recovery following resistance exercise.

Senior Investigator Grant Recipient

Jeffrey McBride, PhD, CSCS, FNSCA

2012 Senior Investigator McBride

Effect of Training Status on Muscle-Tendon Length Change During Jumping
Jeffrey McBride is a Professor and Director of the Neuromuscular and Biomechanics Laboratory in the Department of Health, Leisure, and Exercise Science at Appalachian State University. He completed his PhD at Southern Cross University in Australia and a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Jyvaskyla in Finland. His research interests are strength, power, and athletic performance with a primary focus on stretch-shortening cycle function.

Young Investigator Grant Recipient

Michael Ormsbee, PhD, CSCS

2012 Young Investigator Ormsbee

Evening Protein Consumption and Exercise: Health and Performance Outcomes
Michael Ormsbee is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food, and Exercise Sciences at Florida State University (FSU) in Tallahassee, FL. Ormsbee is a faculty member with the Institute of Sports Science and Medicine and the Center for Advancing Exercise and Nutrition Research on Aging at FSU. He earned his PhD in Bioenergetics from East Carolina University, his MS in Exercise Physiology and Sports Nutrition from South Dakota State University, and his BS in Exercise Science from Skidmore College. His research and expertise is on training and eating to prevent obesity-related diseases, achieve optimal body composition, and optimize human performance. In particular, the role of nutrition, supplements, and exercise to optimize health (cardiovascular, energy metabolism, and body composition) and human performance (strength, power, functionality) are being studied in both athletes and diseased populations. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® and a certified sports nutritionist.

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