U of U Research

Many researchers at the University of Utah study subjects that include both Sports and Science. Here is a sampling of current research on campus – please contact outreach@csme.utah.edu with the names of additional researchers that should be included. You can browse this listing using the following categories: sport medicine, sport injury, sport psychology, physical activity, physiology and performance, nutrition, and other.

Sports Medicine

Name & Title
Department
Research Area
Research Specifics
Lab/Center
Aoki, Stephen – Assistant Professor Orthopedics Sports Medicine; Orthopedics Research areas include: Pediatric Sports Medicine; Hip Pain in the Young Adult; Hip Arthroscopy; and Femoroacetabular Impingement.
Cunniff, Joseph – Assistant Professor Physical Med Sports Medicine Research areas include: Musculoskeletal/Sports Medicine; Manipulative Medicine; Interventional Pain Management; and Clinical Neurophysiology (EMG).
Lastayo, Paul – Adjunct Professor Bioengineering Sport Injury; Sport Medicine Research areas include: Rehabilitation; Muscle; Hand; Eccentric; and Aging.
Switzler, Craig – Auxilary Faculty Exercise & Sport Science Sports Medicine Assistant Athletic Trainer

Sport Injury

Name & Title
Department
Research Area
Research Specifics
Lab/Center
Grinsell, Matthew – Assistant Professor Pediatrics Sport Injury Researches sport injury.
Kilgore, Tek – Assistant Professor Nursing Sport Injury Researches sport injury and management.
Lastayo, Paul – Adjunct Professor Bioengineering Sport Injury; Sport Medicine Research areas include: Rehabilitation; Muscle; Hand; Eccentric; and Aging.
Podlog, Les – Assistant Professor Exercise & Sport Science Sport Psychology; Sport Injury Research areas includes: sport injury; self-presentation theory and applications in sport; self-determination theory in sport and physical activity; physical activity antecedents; and moral behavior in sport.
Willick, Stuart – Adjunct Professor Physical Therapy Sport Injury; Orthopedics Research areas include: Sports Injury Epidemiology and Prevention; Neuromuscular Control; and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation.

 

Sport Psychology

Name & Title
Department
Research Area
Research Specifics
Lab/Center
Detling, Nicole – Assistant Professor, Lecturer Exercise & Sport Science Sport Psychology Works with many athletes, coaches, and teams with the purpose of performance enhancement through mental skills training. Runs the applied sport psychology program for the graduate students in the Psychosocial Aspects of Sport emphasis.
Newton, Maria – Assistant Professor Exercise & Sport Science Sport Psychology Research has focused on optimizing the experience and motivation of individuals in physical activity settings.
Patterson, Myron – Adjunct Professor Music Sport Psychology Researches the application of sports psychology to human learning in music performance.
Podlog, Les – Assistant Professor Exercise & Sport Science Sport Psychology; Sport Injury Research areas includes: sport injury; self-presentation theory and applications in sport; self-determination theory in sport and physical activity; physical activity antecedents; and moral behavior in sport.
Wells, Mary Sara – Assistant Professor PRT Sport Psychology Research is focused on creating sport and recreation that help youth develop positively.

Physical Activity

Name & Title
Department
Research Area
Research Specifics
Lab/Center
Eisenman, Patricia – Adjunct Professor Exercise & Sport Science Physical Activity Research interests have focused on exploring acute and chronic adaptations to participation in sport, physical activity and exercise.
Hannon, James – Associate Professor Exercise & Sport Science Physical Activity Research areas include: Physical Activity Interventions; Physical Activity Assessment; Obesity Prevention; Health-Related Fitness Assessment; Gender Issues in Exercise and Sport; and Academic Achievement. Director of Sport Pedagogy and Physical Activity Assessment Laboratory
Jacques, Kerry – Lecturer Exercise & Sport Science Physical Activity; Physiology and Performance Research areas include: Physical activity epidemiology; Exercise programming; and Exercise prescription. Human Performance Laboratory
Phillips, David Physical Activity Research areas include: Physical Education, Physical Activity, and Cognition.
Schwab, Keri – Assistant Professor PRT Physical Activity Research areas include: Family leisure; youth development; teenage female’s leisure; mother’s leisure; after-school recreation; and public and non-profit recreation programming.
Shaw, Janet – Associate Professor Exercise & Sport Science Physical Activity A research area of interest involves the study of physical activity assessment and promotion in primary care settings.

 

Physiology and Performance

Name & Title
Department
Research Area
Research Specifics
Lab/Center
Hayes, Bradley – Assistant Professor Exercise & Sport Science Physiology and Performance Dr. Hayes has a research background in modalities specific to the neurological system specific to human reflex response to performance and function.
Hicks, Charlie – Assistant Professor Exercise & Sport Science Physiology and Performance; Orthopedics Research areas include: Kinematic and kinetics at the joints proximal and distal to the pathological knee joint; the influence of knee OA on various sensorimotor measures; and the Neuromuscular adaptations surrounding the knee OA joint during functional tasks.
Jacques, Kerry – Lecturer Exercise & Sport Science Physical Activity; Physiology and Performance Research areas include: Physical activity epidemiology; Exercise programming; and Exercise prescription. Human Performance Laboratory
Martin, Jim – Associate Professor Exercise & Sport Science Physiology and Performance Research areas include: Neuromuscular function; Obesity; Human Performance; Diabetes; and Biomechanics.
Trepp, Britta – Associate Instructor Exercise & Sport Science Physiology and Performance Associate Director of the PEAK Health and Fitness program at the U. PEAK Health and Fitness
Wing-Gaia, Stacie Lynn – Director Sports-Nutrition Nutrition; Physiology and Performance Research areas include: high altitude nutrition & physiology; sports nutrition; Protein Metabolism; Human body composition; Energy Balance; and Oxidative Stress.

Nutrition

Name & Title
Department
Research Area
Research Specifics
Lab/Center
Askew, Wayne – Director Nutrition Nutrition Research involves the study of oxidative stress, biochemical adaptations to exercise training, the role of nutrition in physical performance, assessment of nutritional status, and nutrition for human performance in environmental extremes including heat, cold and high altitude.
Beals, Katherine – Associate Professor Nutrition Nutrition Research focuses on the female athletes triad, nutritional needs of athletes, particularly female athletes, satiety and weight management, and carbohydrate and protein metabolism.
Wing-Gaia, Stacie Lynn – Director Sports-Nutrition Nutrition; Physiology and Performance Research areas include: high altitude nutrition & physiology; sports nutrition; Protein Metabolism; Human body composition; Energy Balance; and Oxidative Stress.
Wolfgram, Beth – Adjunct Instructor Nutrition Nutrition Sports dietitian for the University of Utah athletic department and oversees the sports nutrition programming for all athletes.

Other

Name & Title
Department
Research Area
Research Specifics
Lab/Center
Camacho, Victor – Graduate Assistant Mathematics Other Current research involves modeling the interaction dynamics of polymer immersed in a fluid. The physical properties and dynamics of gels and polymer solids are extremely important in today’s world as they are the basis of many materials we employ for various purposes.
Ehleringer, Jim Other Researches stable isotope. Ehleringer Lab
Kelly, Brian – Adjunct Assistant Professor Pathology Other Detection and identification of performance enhancing drugs &/or precursors in biological specimens(1), Anti-Doping(1)
Kieda, Dave – Dean Graduate School Other
Maisch, Stephen – Associate Instructor Undergraduate Studies Other Dissertation – Dominicans, Diffusion and Doping: Three Essays in the Economics of Sport; addresses the issues of fairness in professional sports leagues.
Ray, Keisha – Graduate Assistant Philosophy Other Researches the philosophy of sport
Saam, Brian – Professor Physics Other MRSEC

 

Sports MedSports Research Facilities at the University of Utah:

Motion Analysis Lab
Vascular Research Lab
General University Research