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Dr. Tong-Ching Tom Wu

Ph.D. in Biomechanics from University of Alberta, Canada


Biography

        Dr. Wu joined Bridgewater State University in 2010. He received both of his Bachelor of Education (Physical Education) and Master of Arts (Biomechanics) from McGill University, Canada, and Doctor of Philosophy (Biomechanics) from University of Alberta, Canada. In 2003 Dr. Wu was a researcher at Allan McGavin Sports Medicine Centre, University of British Columbia, Canada. Past research studies include foot orthotic prescription and modification, ice hockey wrist and slap shots, ice skating, volleyball spiking, gymnastics back handspring and parallel bar, curling delivery, Olympic power clean lifting, and slo-pitch softball pitching and hitting. Dr. Wu had received research funding support from Nike Inc., Sport Science Association of Alberta and Human Performance Scholarship Fund.

        Dr. Wu conducts both clinical and sports biomechanics research studies and is experienced in working with professional players (Montreal Canadiens ice hockey team) and amateur athletes (2010 Canada Winter Olympics men's gold medal and women's silver medal curling teams). He has developed and established Sport Science Innovation Program at Bridgewater State University. The current research focus is on examining the sequencing of joint movement coordination patterns in both clinical and sports settings.

        Aside from research, Dr. Wu was a short and long sprinter for McGill University and a former track and field assistant coach for McGill University and the University of British Columbia. Additionally, Dr. Wu was qualified for the Western Canadian fast pitch softball Championships and is a Canada National Coaching Certified Program level II coach in softball. He has coached women's fast pitch softball team at junior A and university levels.

Contact

twu@bridgew.edu






Bethany Forshaw

M.S. in Athletic Training


Personal Statement

        Growing up I was always the student that asked "why" or "how." These questions allowed me to understand not only mechanisms but also how to utilize these mechanisms to their utmost possibilities. My background in softball, along with the persistent questioning of mechanisms, has pushed me to analyze softball pitching in various ways.

        For my Graduating Senior Thesis at New England College, in Henniker, NH, I performed a "Biomechanical Analysis of the Forearm During Three Different Softball Pitches." This experience with not only with softball but also biomechanics pushed me to pursue a Graduate Research Assistantship with Dr. Tong-Ching Tom Wu studying the joint angles of right handed pitching motions from beginning to fatigue. I am hoping that with this study, I can continue to be a lifelong learner and researcher that recurrently ask the questions of "why" and "how."

Highlights/Achievements

        My highest achievements to date have been finishing my Thesis at New England College, carrying this passion of softball and research over to my graduate studies.

Contact

bforshaw@student.bridgew.edu






Nicholas Jillson

M.S. in Physical Education, Concentration in Strength & Conditioning


Personal Statement

        I am from Lebanon NH. I earned a Bachelor's Degree in Health/Fitness from the University of Southern Maine. I find exercising, sports, and fishing very enjoyable.

Contact

njillson@student.bridgew.edu






Joosung Kim

M.S. in Athletic Training, Bachelor of Sports Science in Health Management


Personal Statement

        I earned a Bachelor of Science in Sports and Health Management from Wonkwang University, College of Natural Sciences, placing on the list of honor graduates. I graduated in February of 2012. Currently, I am working on a Master's Degree in Athletic Training.

        I played on the Rugby Varsity Team at Wonkwang University (March 2004 - December 2006) and my team won the National Spring Varsity Rugby League in 2004. I placed on The First Runner up at the National Spring Varsity Rugby league in 2005 & 2006.
I applied to serve in the ROK unit dispatched abroad to combat Somalian pirates. I belonged to the Korea Peace Keeping Force for 6 months (from March 13, 2009 to Sep. 13, 2009) and performed duties as an interpreter and healthcare provider by scheduling exercise and planning meals while serving on the navy ship. I was awarded a captain citation on September 24, 2009 (September 1, 2008 - September 11, 2010).
At Wonkwang University, I served as the President of a Job Club, Best Coach at the Department of Sports & Leisure at (March, 2011 - February, 2012).

        I am interested in injury preventiona and rehabilitation. I am working on a research project titled "Kinematic Analysis of Spine Motions between Front and Back Squats" with Nick Jillson.

Highlights/Achievements

        Scholarships:
- General Scholarship (2004),
- Honor Student Scholarship (2005),
- Wonkwang Scholarly Foundation Scholarship (1st semester & 2nd semester 2006),
- General Scholarship (2011).

        I gave a speech to students majoring in Sport and Health Science at Wonkwang University on how to manage their time as Undergraduate Students - Wonkwang University Auditorium on 06/07/2012.

        Qualifications:
- Certified as a second-degree sports massage specialist by the Sports Medical Research Center at Wonkwang University on March 30, 2005,
- Received the TESOL Certificate at Western Town College in Vancouver, Canada on Jan. 26, 2007,
- Certified as a third-degree bodybuilding Instructor by Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism on August 10, 2011,
- Certified for scuba diving by Korea Underwater Diving Association on December 15, 2011,
- Certified as First Aid and CPR Instructor by Korean Red Cross on August 30, 2011.

Contact

usathletictrainer@gmail.com






Stephanie Lloyd

B.S. Physical Education, Concentration in Exercise Science/Health Fitness


Personal Statement

        Ever since I was young, sport and exercise have consumed my time and my lifestyle, which is no wonder how I got to where I am today. I am currently a senior at Bridgewater State University, majoring in Physical Education with a concentration in Exercise Science. I have a great deal of passion for sports, biomechanics, nutrition, and an overall healthy lifestyle. I plan on someday going to graduate school and getting my doctorate in physical therapy.

        I truly enjoy the ability to help people through my research. For me, research is more of a way to help athletes into making better choices for running shoes, as well as provide novel information as to why we choose the running shoes that we do. As an athlete, I realize the importance that running shoes have on performance, and how drastically they can aid or hinder the ability to perform.

        Two research projects I have already completed have been The Examination of Shock Wave Attenuation in Running Shoes and The Examination of Ankle Joint Motion between Barefoot and Minimalist Running Shoes. I am extremely interested in studying athletic shoes because there are thousands of varieties on the market, and it can be difficult for an athlete to choose the shoe best suited for them. I plan on continuing my research into the future to examine the knee and hip joints in various running shoes while running. I am extremely excited to continue working with the excellent staff at Bridgewater State University, Dr. Tom Wu, and fellow Sports Science Innovation Program members.

Highlights/Achievements

        So far in my career at Bridgewater State University I have received the ATP Spring 2012 Semester Grant and the ATP Summer 2012 Grant. I am currently working on my Honors Thesis, as well as I hope to complete the ATP Spring 2013 Semester Grant. I plan on traveling to Taiwan in July to attend the International Society of Biomechanics in Sport Conference to present my research. I also plan on publishing my research in Bridgewater State University's The Undergraduate Review. I anticipate continuing my research in subsequent years, possibly on the graduate level as well.

Contact

slloyd@student.bridgew.edu






Jennifer Morse

M.S. in Physical Education, Individualized Concentration


Personal Statement

        I graduated from Fitchburg State University (2010) with a B.S. in Exercise and Sport Science. I worked at a sports performance training facility with young athletes. I enjoy teaching proper strength training technique and facilitating plyometric training programs geared towards student-athlete's physical ability and sport. Currently an assistant women's soccer coach at Fitchburg State University. I conducted an experimental research on the lower-body spinal mechanics of the Stiff-Legged Deadlift in order to assess safety. I like to play soccer and dek hockey during free time.

Contact

jmosocc9@gmail.com






Cara Postlmayr

M.S. in Athletic Training


Personal Statement

        I graduated May 2005 from California State University Northridge, with my Bachelor's in Kinesiology Exercise Science. My passion is helping athlete's remain healthy. I've taken an interest in proper body mechanics and seeing how dysfunctional movement could lead to an increased incidence of injury while participating in sports. I decided to continue on with my education at Bridgewater State University, studying for my Masters in Athletic Training.

        While attending Bridgewater State University I have gotten the pleasure to work with Dr. Wu and have conduct two research projects, Softball Windmill Pitch: The Necessity of a Pitch Count and The Examination of Softball Pitching Fatigability in Lower Extremities.

        We are hoping to present both studies at the Annual American Society Biomechanics Symposium, in Florida, this coming August.

Highlights/Achievements

- Graduate Research Assistant in the Biomechanics Department, September 2011-May 2012,
- President of the Athletic Training Club, August 2011-May 2012,
- Scholarship: Mary Lou Thornburg Graduate Student Professional Development Award.
        Presentations:
- Graduate Research Symposium, Bridgewater State University,
- Poster Presentation April 2011,
- Oral Presentation May 2012.

Contact

cara.postlmayr@gmail.com






William Trial

B.S. Physical Education, Exercise Science/Health Fitness


Personal Statement

        I am a senior undergraduate student at Bridgewater State University, majoring in Physical Education, with a concentration in Exercise Science/Health Fitness. Presently, I am researching the kinematics of the Thai boxing clinch, specifically the joint angles and angular velocity of the hip, knee, and ankle. In addition, I look to extend my current study and compare leg dominance (left vs. right) of each of the variables previously stated. My personal interests consist of training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Grappling, resistance training, playing recreational sports, and going on vacation to various destinations.

Highlights/Achievements

        2012:
- Awarded the ATP Spring Semester Research Grant ($300 award),
- Presented at the Spring 2012 Undergraduate Research Symposium: "An Examination of the Knee Striking Motion within the Double Collar and Double Underhook Clinching Positions" (poster presentation),
- Awarded the ATP Summer Semester Grant ($4,000 award),
- Will present as part of the ATP Summer Research Program: "A Kinematic Analysis of the Thai Boxing Clinch" (poster presentation),
- Dean's List (spring semester).
        2011:
- Accepted into the Department of Movement Arts, Health Promotion, and Leisure Studies' Honors Program (fall),
- Dean's List (fall and spring semester).
        2010:
- Awarded an ATP Fall Semester Grant ($300 award),
- Presented at the Fall 2010 Undergraduate Research Symposium (poster presentation): "Lacrosse Sticks: The Bigger, the Better",
- Dean's List (fall semester).

Contact

wtrial@student.bridgew.edu






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