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Postgraduate Symposium 2016 – Health, Movement and Lifestyle: A Multi-Disciplinary Approach

Friday 25 November 2016 9:45am

Postgrad Symposium group photo 22.11.2016

PESES Postgraduate Symposium students 22 November 2016

L to R front: Tessa Pocock, Kek Chiew Ching, Luka Brouwer, Danielle Salmon, Amanda Calder
L to R back: Adam Miles, Antony Stadnyk, Jonathan Ng
Absent: Rebekah Wilson, Andrew Reynolds, Yoon Jin Kim, Daniela Aldabe, Gabrielle Smith, Codi Ramsey, Kesava Kovanur Sampath

The Postgraduate Symposium was jointly hosted by the School of Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Sciences (PESES) and the School of Physiotherapy in November.

Collaboration was the key to the success of the two day Postgraduate Symposium held on 21 and 22 November. The Symposium enabled our enthusiastic physical education and physiotherapy postgraduate students to showcase their current research projects.

The theme of the Postgraduate Symposium "Health, Movement and Lifestyle: A Multi-Disciplinary Approach" was created by the Postgraduate Student Committee. The theme aimed to incorporate several departments who have similar research fields and interests but who have many different approaches and ways of examining exercise, physical activity, movement and physiology.

Amanda Calder, Head of the Organising Committee, says "The idea of the symposium joining forces with the School of Physiotherapy has been talked about by the PESES postgraduate committee for many years. Both schools host research weeks at the same time of year which has always meant that our students cannot present at the physio symposium and vice versa. So this year we decided we should try and combine the research weeks to further our networking, challenge our minds, and broaden our interests.

We have a variety of speakers and topics for our multidisciplinary symposium, which goes beyond the walls of the PE and Physio Schools with speakers from the Sciences, Nutrition, and Psychology! We hope this symposium will enhance the passion we all have for our research in the "Health, Movement, and Lifestyle" areas and open our eyes to the incredible things going on behind the closed doors of our respective departments!"

The symposium was meticulously organised by postgraduate committee members: Amanda Calder, Zoreh Jafarian Tangrood, Kesava Kovanur Sampath, Andrew Reynolds, Rebekah Wilson, Danielle Salmon, Adam Miles, Donald Manlapaz, Codi Ramsey and Abdullah Alqarni.

Amanda says "The committee has been absolutely wonderful. Everyone has been hard working and dedicated to organising this joint celebration of research!"

The wide range of student topics involving aspects of physical education, some which are jointly supervised by staff across several University departments, included:

  • The Kinect Movement Skill Assessment. Jonathan Ng.
  • No Clear Benefit of Muscle Heating on Hypertrophy and Strength Gains with Resistance Training. Antony Stadnyk.
  • Physical Activity Needs of Prostate Cancer Survivors Compared to Age-matched Non-cancer Controls. Rebekah Wilson.
  • Using Active Transport to Achieve Recommended Levels of Physical Activity for Adolescents. Ching Kek Chiew.
  • Changes in T/C ratio following a thoracic spine manipulation in healthy men: a randomized controlled trial. Kesava Kovanur Sampath.
  • The Spectre of Old Practices: Korean coaches' athletic experiences and their coaching identities. Yoon Jin Kim.
  • Reflections on proving sport psychology support to professional athletes from a neophyte practitioner. Adam Miles.
  • Reliability of the footwear total mediolateral asymmetry score tool. Codi Ramsey.
  • Brain Health and Head Impact Acceleration Profile in a Semi-professional Rugby Union Team over a Season. Danielle Salmon.
  • Postural control parameters as predictors of pregnancy-related pelvic girdle pain: A prospective cohort study. Daniela Aldabe.
  • The effect of regular activity breaks on appetite: secondary analysis of the ABPA study.
  • Gabrielle Smith.
  • Attitudes towards Cycle Skills Training in New Zealand Adolescents. Tessa Pocock.
  • Social and Physical Inclusion of Students with Disability in Physical Education: A Qualitative-Meta-Analysis of Teacher and Student Perceptions. Tessa Pocock.