GRANTS, SCHOLARSHIPS, & AWARDS
(since 2014)

GRANTS

Ankle

Title: Cortical measures of postural control in uninjured controls, copers, and those with chronic ankle instability.
Source: NATA REF (Doctoral Grant Program)
PI: Chris Burcal (Wikstrom as Faculty Advisor)
Period: 8/01/2015 to 7/31/2016
Amount: $2,500

Title: Mitigating fatigue with kinesio tex tape in those with chronic ankle instability.
Source: NATA REF (Masters Grant Program)
PI: Jason Cline (Wikstrom as Faculty Advisor)
Period: 8/01/2015 to 7/31/2016
Amount: $1,000

Knee

Title: Vibratory stimuli: A novel rehabilitation method for preventing post-traumatic knee osteoarthritis
Source: United States Department of Defense, Defense Medical Research and Development Program
Clinical and Rehabilitative Medicine Research Program, Neuromusculoskeletal Injuries Research Award
PI: Troy Blackburn
Period: 8/1/2015-7/31/2018
Amount: $772,058

Title: Validation of a Movement Efficiency Testing and Exercise Prescription Technology Platform
Source: Fusionetics
PI: Darin Padua
Period: April 2015 to April 2016
Amount: $101,275

Title: Effect of Movement Efficiency on Performance, Physiologic Stress, and Muscle Function
Source: National Academy of Sports Medicine
PI: Darin Padua
Period: July 2014 to August 2015
Amount: $108,913

Title: Effects of Local Muscle Vibration and Pressure on Range of Motion, Muscle Activation, and Lower Extremity Biomechanics
PI: Darin Padua
Amount: $22,000

Title: Establishing a Comprehensive Strategy to Evaluate Early Posttraumatic Osteoarthritis
Source: National Athletic Trainers’ Association Research and Education Foundation, New Investigator Grant
PI: Brian G Pietrosimone PhD, ATC
Description: Establish methods to measure early changes in cartilage health at twelve months post ACL reconstruction (ACL-R) measured with confirmed T1rho MRI methods, are associated with a comprehensive group of variables that evaluate changes in joint metabolism, inflammation and biomechanics at six and twelve months post ACL-R.
Amount: $20,000 (Direct)

Title: Improving Disability in Knee Osteoarthritis by Targeting Neuromuscular Deficits
Source: National Institute of Arthritis, Musculoskeletal and Skin Disease Research (1R21AR067560 -01A1)
PI: Brian G Pietrosimone PhD, ATC
Description: Determine if a comprehensive rehabilitation strategy that targets neuromuscular activation deficits using Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) can enhance the effectiveness of previously described therapeutic exercise and aerobic walking rehabilitation interventions in patients with Knee Osteoarthritis.
Amount: $275,000 (Direct)

Title: Posttraumatic Osteoarthritis: Establishing a Comprehensive Evaluation Strategy
Source: National Institute of Arthritis, Musculoskeletal and Skin Disease Research (R03AR066840-01A1)
PI: Brian G Pietrosimone PhD, ATC
Description: Establish methods to measure early changes in cartilage health at twelve months post ACL reconstruction (ACL-R) measured with confirmed T1rho MRI methods, are associated with a comprehensive group of variables that evaluate changes in joint metabolism, inflammation and biomechanics at six and twelve months post ACL-R.
Amount: $100,000 (Direct)

Title: The Influence of Biomechanics on Biomarkers of Skeletal Stress During Army Cadet Basic Training
Source: National Athletic Trainers’ Association Research & Education Foundation – Doctoral Research Grant Program
PI: Tim Mauntel
Period: August 2015 – August 2016
Amount: $2,500

Exercise Physiology

Title: Neuromuscular determinants of functional balance performance in firefighter personnel
PI: Eric Ryan, PhD
Research Team (if applicable): T.J. Barnette, BA; Gena Gerstner, MPH, MS; Andrew Tweedell, MA; Craig Kleinberg, MA
Description: The purpose of this study will be to examine the influence of lower extremity neuromuscular function on functional balance performance in career firefighters (ages 18-50).
Funding Agency: NC Occupational Safety and Health Education and Research Center (NIOSH Parent Grant #T42OH008673)

Title: The influence of obesity on motor unit behavior in children
PI: Eric Ryan, PhD
Research Team (if applicable): Martin Kohlmeier, MD, PhD; Trent Herda, PhD; Michael Trevino, MS; Gena Gerstner, MPH, MS; Erica Roelofs, MA; Andrew Tweedell, MA; Craig Kleinberg, MA
Description: The primary purpose of the present study is to determine if motor unit behavior is different between obese and lean children using surface electromyography (EMG). However, given the quantity of information from surface EMG may be influenced by subcutaneous fat thickness, the secondary aim is to determine which lower extremity muscle provides the most detectable motor units with surface EMG in obese children (ages 7–10).
Funding Agency: UNC Nutritional Research Institute

Title: The effect of a meal replacement shake on energy intake, body composition, blood lipids, skeletal muscle characteristics, simulated performance and quality of life in overweight and obese firefighters
PI: Eric Ryan, PhD
Research Team (if applicable): Andrew Tweedell, MA; Abbie Smith-Ryan, PhD; Anthony Hackney, PhD; Craig Kleinberg, MA; Harry Stafford, MD; T.J. Barnette, BA; Gena Gerstner, MPH, MS
Description: The purpose of this study will be to examine the effect of a 14-week commercially available meal replacement shake intervention on energy intake, resting heart rate and blood pressure, body composition, blood lipids, skeletal muscle characteristics, stair climb performance and quality of life, hunger and satiety in overweight and obese firefighters.
Funding Agency: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Title: Consistency of body composition and muscular strength variables in firefighter personnel using a novel mobile laboratory.
Source: UNC Nutrition Obesity Research Center (NIH Parent Grant #P30DK56350)
PI: Eric Ryan, PhD
Period: Fall 2014 – Spring 2015

Title: NC Department of Public Safety Probation Officer Physical Ability Test Development
Source: NC Department of Public Safety
PI: Eric Ryan, PhD
Period: 2014 – 2015

 

SCHOLARSHIPS
(since 2014)

Barnett Frank: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Graduate School – The Dissertation Completion Fellowship, 2015-2016.

Matthew Harkey: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Graduate School – The Chatterjee Summer Research Fellowship, Summer 2015.

Brittney Luc: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Graduate School – The F. Ivy Carroll Graduate School Summer Research Fellowship, Summer 2015.

Tim Mauntel: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Graduate School – The Donald and Alvene Buckley Summer Research Fellowship, Summer 2014.

AWARDS
(since 2014)

Joseph Myers:
Eastern Athletic Trainers’ Association Marjorie A. King Research to Reality Award. 2014.

Darin Padua:
Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer, National Athletic Trainers’ Association. June 2015.

Brian Pietrosimone:
Faculty Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. Department of Exercise and Sport Science At the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. May 2015

Freddie Fu New Investigator Award Winner. National Athletic Trainers’ Association Research and Education Foundation. 2015

Brittney Luc & Brian Pietrosimone:
Journal of Athletic Training Clint Thompson Award for Clinical Practice Advancement for the manuscript entitled “Osteoarthritis Prevalence following Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury and Reconstruction: A Systematic Review and Numbers Needed to Treat Analysis”, 2014.

Eric Ryan:
Distinguished Alumni Award, Florida Atlantic University, College of Education, October 2014