Marshall faculty member and former Olympic trainer will travel to Brazil to present biomechanics research

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Marshall faculty member and former Olympic trainer will travel to Brazil to present biomechanics research

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Dr. Suzanne Konz of the Marshall University College of Health Professions will travel to Natal, Brazil this summer to present research at the 2013 International Society of Biomechanics (ISB) conference, which takes place once every two years.

Konz, an assistant professor of biomechanics in the School of Kinesiology, said she will share her research among the biggest players in the biomechanical field. She will give an oral presentation on her work titled, "Changes in Windmill Pitch Over Time."

"This is one of those conferences, as a biomechanist, that seems more challenging because I'll be presenting in front of scholars from all around the world," Konz said. "It's exciting to think I could potentially expose someone else to a different perspective of biomechanics research."Cristina Arikawa, a member of the ISB organizing committee, said only 40 percent of the 858 submitted abstracts were chosen for an oral presentation.

"Konz was chosen to give an oral presentation due to the quality of her research and the fit of her research into the (sports biomechanics) theme of the session," Arikawa said. She said 53 countries will be represented at this year's conference.A 2002 Winter Olympic Games athletic trainer, Konz now serves as a member of the USA Track & Field sport science biomechanics group specializing in throwing events, specifically the hammer throw.

Konz said she will continue to develop relationships with other professionals in this global forum and showcase the amazing work being done at Marshall University."I believe this opportunity puts Marshall on the map in terms of research capabilities in the field of sports science," Konz said. "From a university standpoint, we want students to see what we do and help provide them with similar opportunities to meet the scholars they read about in their textbooks. This makes our department more personal."Dr. Gary McIlvain, chair of kinesiology and associate dean of the college, said Konz's work continues to impress him.

"Dr. Konz is an undeniable asset to the College of Health Professions and the School of Kinesiology," McIlvain said. "I look forward to her future research endeavors which can only highlight the breadth of possibilities available here at Marshall."The conference takes place from Aug. 4 to 9, and Konz will give her oral presentation from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 7

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