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Sabbatical Leave Report

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Exercise Physiology | Kinesiology | Sports Sciences


As part of my sabbatical I was invited by a valued and esteemed colleague, Dr. John Mercer to deliver the keynote address entitled “Intelligent training: just add water® – Aquatic Running Kinematics, Pool Plyometrics, and more” at the International Seminar on Water Locomotion and Exercise hosted at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, April 11-12, 2016. This was an exciting event because, through Skype and in person, John Mercer and I brought together researchers and students from Japan and the USA with an interest in the scientific understanding of water locomotion.

As part of the aforementioned seminar, I was also asked to provide an overview of taking a technical idea to market and then lead a discussion with graduate students and faculty at UNLV. Additionally, this included meeting with one of their vice presidents about my buoyancy suit and discussing collaborating with their university’s graduate programs in law, business, and medicine on further research and design.

I was invited back to the university in June 2016 to spend time with John Mercer, his former student Dr. Kenji Matsumoto, and his current graduate students again to continue to develop research ideas in water locomotion and the usage of proper equipment in an aquatic environment. We subsequently outlined two future research projects, one to be completed at UNLV on plyometric training in the water, and one to be completed here at Linfield on running kinematics and buoyancy. We envision working collaboratively on these projects and more.

I also spent quite a bit of my sabbatical assisting the college to sort out a large enrollment increase in anatomy and physiology. However, with the support of the Dean of Faculty, this ongoing issue also resulted in the subsequent remodeling of the Cook lab area into a fantastic anatomy lab in an effort to accommodate all of our anatomy student needs. Furthermore, this allowed us to move many of the Human Performance lab-related courses back into the HHPA lab. Subsequently, we were then able to increase the enrollment caps in physiology and thus accommodate more students in this large enrollment area as well.


This research was conducted as part of a sabbatical leave in 2016.

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