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Seed Grant Awardee: Eric Legg

Issues of sex, sexuality, and gender are inextricably linked to sport. Research within sport has examined issues such as experiences of LGBTQ employees (Melton & Cunninhgam, 2014), gender and sex diversity in sport (Cunningham & Sagas, 2008), sex testing (Pielke, 2017), and adolescent athlete views on masculinity (Legg & Varney, in progress).

Seed Grant Awardee: Floris C. Wardenaar

Athletes may experience (GI) symptoms exacerbated by the intensity of the exercise, jeopardizing performance and exercise recovery. Many of these athletes represent minority populations, including African Americans, who may be particularly vulnerable to nutrition-related GI issues. As African Americans contribute largely to the American Football roster, the standard, often dairy-based, recovery products provided by the athletic department may not always fit the need of a large part of the team as they may cause GI dysfunction and decrease athletic performance.

Seed Grant Awardee: Hyunglae Lee

It has been repeatedly demonstrated that female athletes have lower ankle stability and an increased risk of ankle injury when compared to male counterparts participating in similar sports activities. In order to reduce the risk of ankle injury in female athletes and help them maximize performance during sports activities, it is significant to understand mechanisms underlying the sex differences in ankle stability and utilize this knowledge in intervention to reduce the risk of an ankle injury.

Seed Grant Awardee: Edward Vargas

The purpose of this research is to conduct a national online multi-racial survey on sports and race in America. Using critical race and racial threat theory, this study seeks to examine the relationships between public opinions in sports policy (views towards indigenous mascots, amateurism and athlete exploitation, doping, kneeling during the National Anthem...)

Seed Grant Awardee: Wenlong Zhang

Low-cost and lightweight wearable soft robots can be used in labor-intensive jobs and sports training to reduce muscle efforts and joint loads, prevent injuries, and improve performance.

Seed Grant Awardee: Troy McDaniel

Growing interest to track workouts and sport sessions, companies such as Amazon, Apple, Google, Samsung, and Fitbit are developing various hardware sensors and software suites to provide users a holistic experience to track and document their workouts. While effort has been made to track and improve workout sessions, the analytics are based on gross assessments pertaining to basic activities, e.g., step counts, or physiological signals, such as pulse rate.

Global Sport Institute Seed Grant Awardees Showcase Research Into Sex, Gender and Sexuality in Sport

Global Sport Institute seed grant awardees such as Benny LeMaster, Alaina Zanin, Betsy Schneider, Eric Legg, and Isaac Akapnitis explain their research in the field of sex, gender and sexuality.

Seed Grant Awardee: Scott N. Brooks and Robert Turner

Pro football players are five times more likely to develop sleep apnea than the average person, and those with sleep apnea are twice as likely to die.