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St. Catherine University to host regional meeting of university exercise science programs

The Northland American College of Sports Medicine (NACSM) regional chapter meeting will be held at St. Catherine University, on Friday, March 30, bringing leading experts on barefoot running to the University's St. Paul campus.

More than 400 sports medicine, fitness, and health care faculty and students from five states will be on campus for a day-long learning experience. The conference features breakout sessions with industry leaders and offers students the opportunity to present research papers and posters.

National experts Irene Davis, Ph.D., and Joseph Hamill, Ph.D., will discuss barefoot running and minimalist shoes during the regional chapter meeting.

At 10 a.m., Dr. Davis, director of the Spaulding National Running Center and a faculty member in the Harvard Medical School’s Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, will address the “Advantages of Barefoot Running.”

A renowned researcher and clinician, Dr. Davis is known in running communities as "The Barefoot Running Professor" for her advocacy and innovative work for barefoot and minimal footwear running.

At 11 a.m., Dr. Hamill, professor and chair in the Department of Exercise Science and associate dean of the School of Public Health and Health Sciences at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, will discuss “Advantages of Shod Running.”

Dr. Hamill’s research and numerous papers and presentations have revolved around the study of the mechanics of the lower extremity and the mechanisms for both overuse and traumatic injuries, including stress fractures and ligament injuries in runners.

A moderated discussion on the topics will follow lunch.

“Students gain so much from this experience,” said Mark Blegen, associate professor and co-director of the University’s Women's Health Integrative Research Center. “Whether it be presenting their own research, networking with graduate programs or future employers, or simply attending to expand their knowledge, students will walk away having been exposed to much of what our field has to offer.”

The NACSM region serves Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska and part of Wisconsin.

Full schedule

"Barefoot Running and Minimalist Shoes: What do we know?"

  • 7:15 a.m.: Registration and continental breakfast
  • 8 a.m.: Opening Remarks
  • 8:15 a.m. Student Research Section - poster presentations and review
  • 10 a.m.:  Irene Davis, Ph.D., “Advantages of Barefoot Running”
  • 11 a.m.:  Joseph Hamill, Ph.D., “Advantages of Shod Running”
  • Noon: Lunch break
  • 1 p.m.: Friendly debate on barefoot vs shod running, with moderator and audience questions
  • 2:15 p.m.: Student Awards, Door Prizes
  • 3 p.m.:  Adjournment
Feb. 15, 2012 by Julie Michener

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