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Seed Grant Awardee: Weiheng Xu

A recent study by Boston University suggests that 99 percent of the deceased National Football League (NFL) players were diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a progressive degenerative disease that is often associated with repetitive brain trauma.

Seed Grant Awardee: Connor Sheehan

One potential intervention that could potentially reduce poor sleep of American adolescents is engagement in sports and exercise. Recent research suggests that exercising contributes to physical and mental health as well as enhances sleep quality in adolescents (Biddle & Asare, 2011; Lang et al., 2016), indicating exercise may serve as an effective intervention to improve adolescents’ sleep and health (Callaghan, 2004).

Seed Grant Awardee: Bradley Adame

Concussions represent a public health issue with consequences that reach far beyond the initial injury and affect nearly every aspect of the injured SA’s life. Typical education programs teach athletes how to recognize signs of brain injury and weakly advocate general injury mitigation strategies.

Walking on Water, a Brief History on Black Surfers

Walking on Water: a Brief History on Black Surfers won the grand prize in the inaugural Race and Sport Around the Globe Short Documentary Competition, sponsored by the Global Sport Insitute.

Seed Grant Awardee: Jorge Caviedes

In this project we propose immersive biofeedback for spinal fitness training and rehab therapy exercise based on a 3D visualization of an athlete-specific, anatomically correct spine model that is animated by wireless sensors.

Seed Grant Awardee: Xiangfan Chen

Sports injuries, especially the bones and cartilages damages, pose significant challenges and require surgical intervention. Currently, tissue engineering represents a promising solution towards the repair and replacement of diseased and damaged bone tissue with engineered grafts, which can provide mechanical support during repair and regeneration of injured tissue.

Seed Grant Awardee: Robert LiKamWa

The proposed project will develop an augmented reality coaching system for individualized sports training with a focus on athletes’ kinesthetic and spatial awareness.

Seed Grant Awardee: Mary Neubauer

We propose that Sport and Craft are counterparts to one another and especially connect to the body-centered, disciplined physical aspects required for both 3D art making and sport. We want to know where these skill-sets meet and recognize the similarities to approach and connection of subject matter where the culminating physical award is an object of achievement, recorded history, and desire.

Seed Grant Awardee: Jennifer Vanos

We will collaborate with community groups and high schools in South Phoenix to deploy a granular network of urban AQ and temperature sensors to support athlete health.