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Entries for March 2014

Huffines Affiliate Spotlight! Dr. Carl Gabbard's recent publication!

Recent research findings indicate that with older adulthood, there are functional decrements in spatial cognition and more specially, in the ability to mentally represent and effectively plan motor actions. A typical finding is a significant over- or underestimation of one's actual physical abilities with movement planning- planning that has implications for movement efficiency and physical safety. A practical, daily life example is estimation of reachability- a situation for the elderly may be linked with fall incidence.

A strategy used to mentally represent action is the use of motor imagery- an ability that also declines with advancing older age. Huffines Affiliate and Director of the Child Motor Development Laboratory, Dr. Carl Gabbard's recent publication in the Journal of Applied Gerontology titled "Mental Representation for Action in the Elderly: Implications for Movement Efficiency and Injury Risk" highlights research findings on mental representation and motor imagery in the elderly and addresses the implications for improving movement efficiency and lowering the risk of movement-related injury.

Click here for more information about Dr. Carl Gabbard and the Child Motor Development Laboratory.

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It's Podcast Friday! with Dr. Laurie Priest and Sport Inclusion!

We're so pleased to have Dr. Laurie Priest join us in the podcast today.  Dr. Priest was and continues to be one of the pioneers in women's sport and the inclusion of women in all aspects of sport.  This is a great conversation about some of the history of this movement and how all sports have and will continue to benefit from full inclusion. Enjoy!  LISTEN NOW!



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Huffines Institute Human Performance Minute Broadcast by TexAgs SportsRadio "How Far Do Athletes Run During Sports?"

For more information about this week’s Human Performance Minute, check out the links listed below.

Be sure to check out future weekly Huffines Institute Human Performance Minute broadcasts at TexAgs SportsRadio (The Zone 1150 AM) every Wednesday morning at 10:45am. If you missed it you can listen to it here!

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Huffines Affiliate Spotlight! Dr. Tim Lightfoot's recent publication!

The literature strongly suggests that daily physical activity is genetically and biologically regulated. Potential identities of the responsible mechanisms are unclear, but little has been written concerning the possible evolutionary selection pressures leading to the development of genetic/biological controls of physical activity. Given the weak relationship between exercise endurance and activity levels and the differential genomic locations associated with the regulation of endurance and activity, it is probable that regulation of endurance and activity evolved separately.

Dr. Tim Lightfoot, Director of the Huffines Institute, has recently published a review article in BioMed Research International titled "Why Control Activity? Evolutionary Selection Pressures Affecting the Development of Physical Activity Genetic and Biological Regulation." This hypothesis paper considers energy expenditures and duration of activity in hunter/gatherers, pretechnology farmers, and modern Western societies and considers the potential of each to selectively influence the development of activity regulation.

Explore the Huffines Institute website for more information about Dr. Tim Lightfoot and the Sydney and J.L. Huffines Institute for Sports Medicine and Human Performance.

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It's Video and Audio Podcast Friday! with Tennessee's Dr. Ed Howley!

Today is the sixth video and audio-only rebroadcast from the 2013 Huffines Discussion.  Up today in our series is University of Tennessee's Dr. Ed Howley.  Dr. Howley's talk is titled: "How Much Exercise Is Enough?".  Dr. Howley unravels the tangled recommendation for how much exercise you really need.  This is a great talk from one of the legends in Exercise Physiology.  WATCH NOW!  or LISTEN NOW!

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Huffines Institute Human Performance Minute Broadcast by TexAgs SportsRadio "Billion-Dollar Bracket"

For more information about this week’s Human Performance Minute, check out the links listed below.

http://www.policymic.com/articles/85401/mathematicians-have-determined-your-odds-of-picking-the-perfect-ncaa-bracket

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hole_in_one

Be sure to check out future weekly Huffines Institute Human Performance Minute broadcasts at TexAgs SportsRadio (The Zone 1150 AM) every Wednesday morning at 10:45am. If you missed it you can listen to it here!

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Dr. John Thornton talks Texas A&M Basketball on TexAgs Sports Radio

Dr. John Thornton, Director of the Texas A&M Coaching Academy discusses all topics related to Texas A&M Basketball and basketball in general. This weekly podcast with Gabe Bock and Olin Buchanan is broadcast on Wednesdays at 8:30am on TexasAgs Sports Radio The Zone 1150am.

Click here to check out past podcasts.

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Huffines Affiliate Spotlight! Dr. John Lawler's recent publication!

Reduced mechanical loading during bedrest, spaceflight, and casting, causes rapid morphological changes in skeletal muscle: fiber atrophy and reduction of slow-twitch fibers. An emerging signaling event in response to unloading is the translocation of neuronal nitric oxide synthase from the sarcolemma to the cytosol. Dr. John Lawler, Huffines Affiliate and Director of the Redox Biology and Cell Signaling Laboratory, recently published in the American Journal of Physiology: Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology. His publication titled "EUK-134 ameliorates nNOSµ translocation and skeletal muscle fiber atrophy during short-term mechanical unloading" looked at EUK-134, a cell-permeable mimetic of superoxide dismutase and catalase, to test the role of redox signaling in nNOSµ translocation and muscle fiber atrophy as a result of short-term (54 h) hindlimb unloading. Redox signaling may serve as a biological switch for nNOS to initiate morphological changes in skeletal muscle fibers.

Click here for more information about Dr. John Lawler and the Redox Biology and Cell Signaling Laboratory.

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It's Podcast Friday! with Mark Bravo and Marathoning!

Spring is finally beginning (whew!) and many people start getting out and running again after the cold winter.  Some of them even start thinking about running marathons.  We've got a great podcast today with Mr. Mark Bravo is a tireless promoter of the marathon and it's benefits.  Enjoy!  LISTEN NOW!


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Huffines Institute Human Performance Minute Broadcast by TexAgs SportsRadio "Timing of a Baseball Swing"

For more information about last week’s Human Performance Minute, check out the links listed below.

http://bit.ly/1eP8UFl

http://www.swingstabilizer.com/assets/hitting_mechanics.pdf

http://bit.ly/1opxKlB 

Be sure to check out future weekly Huffines Institute Human Performance Minute broadcasts at TexAgs SportsRadio (The Zone 1150 AM) every Wednesday morning at 10:45am. If you missed it you can listen to it here!

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Huffines Student Affiliate Spotlight! Michelle Dawes' recent publication!

Numerous candidate genes have been suggested in the recent literature with proposed roles in regulation of voluntary physical activity, with little evidence on these genes' functional roles. Michelle Dawes, doctoral student in the Biology of Physical Activity Laboratory and Huffines Institute Student Affiliate, recently published a journal article in Biomed Research International. Her publication titled "Differential Gene Expression in High- and Low-Active Inbred Mice" compared the haplotype structure and expression profile in skeletal muscle and brain of inherently high- and low- active mice. Expression of nine candidate genes was evaluated. Read more to find out which ones!

Explore the Huffines Institute website for more information about Michelle Dawes, the Sydney and J.L. Huffines Institute for Sports Medicine and Human Performance and the Biology of Physical Activity Laboratory.

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It's Video and Audio Podcast Friday! with Virginia Tech's Dr. Janet Rankin!

Today is the fourth video and audio-only rebroadcast from the 2013 Huffines Discussion.  Up today in our series is Kaiser-Permanente and the Developer of the International Exercise Is Medicine initiative, Dr. Robert Sallis.  Dr. Sallis' talk is titled: "Exercise and Health: How to Prescribe Exercise in Clinical Practice".  This is a great talk - both funny and informative - on how and why exercise is a perfect medical treatment and why it should be treated as such.  WATCH NOW!  or LISTEN NOW!

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Recruiting Future Coaches!
Our very own Director of the Texas A&M Coaching Academy, Dr. John Thornton, has been featured in the Health and Kinesiology Department's semiannual "On The Move" magazine. The article highlights the current efforts of the Texas A&M Coaching Academy, the Huffines Institute, and Dr. John Thornton. This campus wide venture looks to make leaders in education and prepare and support 21st century coaches. 

You can find the article in the newest edition of the
"On The Move" magazine and don't forget to pick up your hard copy!

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Huffines Institute Human Performance Minute Broadcast by TexAgs SportsRadio "Sickle Cell Trait in Athletes"

For more information about this week’s Human Performance Minute, check out the links listed below.

  1. http://www.nata.org/sites/default/files/SickleCellTraitAndTheAthlete.pdf
  2. http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/athletic-activity-could-be-fatal-to-those-with-sickle-cell-trait/
  3. http://fs.ncaa.org/Docs/health_safety/SickleCellTraitforSA.pdf

Be sure to check out future weekly Huffines Institute Human Performance Minute broadcasts at TexAgs SportsRadio (The Zone 1150 AM) every Wednesday morning at 10:45am. If you missed it you can listen to it here!

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Texas A&M University brought home the GOLD at TACSM 2014!

This past weekend, February 27-28, 2014, was the Texas Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine (TACSM) annual meeting held at the beautiful campus of Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. The Huffines Institute, as well as the Health and Kinesiology Department at Texas A&M are very proud of our faculty and student award winners.

Dr. Jim Fluckey, Huffines Institute Internal Advisory Board Chair, was voted as the new President-elect for TACSM for 2016.

Texas A&M University health and kinesiology undergraduates, Katherine Elmer, Megan Cole, And Liliana Ogden, are the 2014 TACSM Undergraduate Student Bowl Champions. They will be competing in the National Student Bowl Competition at the National ACSM Conference in Orlando, Florida in late May.

Health and Kinesiology doctoral students, Jeffrey Hord, Yang Lee, William Deaver, and Dustin Joubert were TACSM Student Research Development Awardees

Kinesiology undergraduate, Katherine Elmer was also the TACSM Outstanding Undergraduate Scholar, a TACSM Majors of the Year, and was the recipient for the TACSM Scholarship.

TACSM Student Poster Presentation Awards:

  •  John Seawright (Doctoral Student Research)- 1st Place
  • Edwin Savio (Undergraduate Student Research)- 3rd Place

Again, congratulations to all of our Aggies this past weekend, way to represent Texas A&M University! Good luck to our undergraduate student bowl team at the National ACSM Conference! Bring home the GOLD!!!

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Huffines Affiliate Spotlight! Dr. Carl Gabbard's recent publication!

Recent studies indicate that the ability to mentally represent action using motor imagery declines with advanced age (>64 years). As the ability to represent action declines, the elderly may experience increasing difficulty with movement planning and execution. Huffines Affiliate and Director of the Child Motor Development Laboratory, Dr. Carl Gabbard's recent publication in the Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics titled "Association between imagined and actual functional reach (FR): A comparison of young and older adults" provides insight to the effects of advanced age on the ability to mentally represent action and its association with movement execution. These results may have clinical implications based on the question of whether motor imagery training could improve movement estimations and how that might affect actual reach.

Click here for more information about Dr. Gabbard and the Child Motor Development Laboratory.

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