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Seed Grant Awardee: Andrés Martinez

This project will be a study of the most global of all major sporting leagues, the English Premier League. English soccer has historically been a fairly insular affair, but in the past quarter-century its top league came to be dominated by foreign players, coaches, owners, and, importantly, foreign fans.

Seed Grant Awardee: Devoney Looser

From its American-as-apple-pie birth as an endurance skating competition in the 1930s, to its professional-wrestling-like heyday in the 1970s, roller derby was embraced in twentieth-century pop culture for combining brutality and beauty, especially in its women skaters. Then it went dormant.

Seed Grant Awardee: Andrew Maynard

Could we one day see athletes who have been genetically modified from birth to outperform their “natural” competitors? And if so, how do we navigate the legal, social and ethical landscape that will inevitably arise around the use and abuse of such technology?

Seed Grant Awardee: Tongyu Ma

Exercise has been the cornerstone of diabetes management. However, many diabetic patients have impaired lower-extremity function and experience substantial difficulty in performing usual exercises, such as brisk walking and upright cycling. There is an urgent need to provide alternative exercise modalities for diabetic patients with impaired lower-extremity function.

Seed Grant Awardee: Erin Feser

The Biomechanics Laboratory of the Exercise Science and Health Promotion Program at Arizona State University will focus on determining the adaptations that occur following training for sprinting performance with a rotational overload – attaching weights to the limb via wearable resistance.

Seed Grant Awardee: Meilin Zhu

Athletes commonly suffer from sport-related biochemical alterations as a result of overexertion. Health-monitoring wearable technologies can potentially be used as non-invasive tools for the identification of changes in biomarker levels in sweat. Here, we propose to develop the tools to rapidly measure protein changes in sweat.

Seed Grant Awardee: Robert LiKamWa

Virtual reality immersion into an athlete’s viewpoint can provide rich viewing experiences for improved athletic training, sports medicine, and sports entertainment. However, current video capture solutions are too bulky to fit into slim athletic gear and capture limited viewpoints in a single direction.

Seed Grant Awardee: Vera Lopez

When it comes to involvement in sports, Latina girls continue to lag behind other girls. This study examines why this is the case, and what we can do to close this gap. Phase 1 of this study involves conducting focus groups with Latina teens and interviews with coaches to better understand the barriers and facilitators associated with Latinas’ participation in school sports.

Seed Grant Awardee: Hanqing Jiang

In this project, we aim to develop fabric-based wearable and washable electromyography (EMG) devices. EMG devices have been applied to the study of muscular function and coordination in different movements and postures, in skilled actions as well as during training, such as the track and/or soccer field, as well as gymnastics.