The science of the summer games 

Did you know that women are more likely than men to suffer an ACL injury? What are the shoulder mechanics behind a badminton swing? University of Delaware athletes, researchers and faculty team up to analyze the science behind some of the sports being played in Rio. 

Basketball: Analysis of ACL injuries 

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ACL Injury Expert

Tom Buchanan

Professor/Director Delaware Rehabilitation Institute

Tom Buchanan is director of the Delaware Rehabilitation Institute, which brings together faculty across the UD campus to study physical rehabilitation. His work in biomechanics has applications to osteoarthritis, stroke and sports medicine. 

Soccer: Concussions 

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Concussion Expert

Tom Kaminski

Professor/Director Athletic Training Education

Tom Kaminski is a leading expert on issues related to purposeful headers in interscholastic and intercollegiate soccer. He is a professor and director of the Athletic Training Education Program at UD.

 

Track & Field: Gait analysis 

Higginson - STAR Campus Lab
Gait analysis expert

Jill Higginson

Associate Professor Mechanical Engineering

Research in Jill Higginson’s Neuromuscular Biomechanics Lab provides a scientific foundation for therapies to improve movement. Higginson, associate professor of mechanical engineering at UD, conducts research which includes muscle coordination, pathological movement, musculoskeletal modeling and upper and lower extremity function. 

Rowing: Biomechanics

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Biomechanics expert

Jenni Buckley

Assistant Professor Mechanical Engineering

Jenni Buckley is co-founder of the Perry Initiative, an organization committed to inspiring young women to be leaders in orthopaedic surgery and engineering. An assistant professor of mechanical engineering at UD, she conducts research in medical device design and biomechanical optimization of orthopaedic surgical procedures.

UD-trained coaches make it to Rio

 

The University of Delaware is well-represented at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games through graduates of the International Coaching Enrichment Certificate Program (ICECP) and other international coaching programs, with about a dozen coaches and sport administrators in Brazil.

The ICECP is a coaching development program that the University hosts in partnership with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Olympic Solidarity (OS) Fund and the United States Olympic Committee. In its eight years, the program has hosted more than 231 coaches from 97 countries in 23 different sports. Participants are funded through scholarships from OS and the financial support of the USOC.

Below are several coaches and athletes in Rio who trained at UD:

More info on ICECP

UDaily article: ICECP alums in Rio

 

Arilson Silva

Brazil
Coach of Ukranian swimmer Andrii Govorov 

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Mathias Eckhoff

Norway
Assistant coach, Nigerian basketball team

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Marcello Varriale

Brazil
Head coach, Brazilian rowing team

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"It was an honour to be selected as the first Brazilian to take part of the program... During the program I realized that coaches are more than sportive technical planners of training and competitions! I am so thankful for the real enrichment that this program brought to my coaching career and experience for all my life!"

 

 

Arilson Silva

"It was an honour to be selected as the first Brazilian to take part of the program... During the program I realized that coaches are more than sportive technical planners of training and competitions! I am so thankful for the real enrichment that this program brought to my coaching career and experience for all my life!"

 

 

Arilson Silva
Vancho Stojanov
ICECP graduate Vancho Stojanov of Macedonia works with that nation’s track and field team.
Mathias Eckhoff of Norway
ICAB graduate Mathias Eckhoff of Norway is an assistant coach with the Nigerian men’s basketball team.

[The UD] program obviously carries a lot of value because it gives you a chance to see other coaches' work. ... Coaching is about seeing the potential in others and hopefully prioritizing and organizing it so that growth and development can happen. ... Every individual and every team is different, so seeing how other people/countries are doing it is of tremendous value."

Mathias Eckhoff

[The UD] program obviously carries a lot of value because it gives you a chance to see other coaches' work. ... Coaching is about seeing the potential in others and hopefully prioritizing and organizing it so that growth and development can happen. ... Every individual and every team is different, so seeing how other people/countries are doing it is of tremendous value."

Mathias Eckhoff
The daughter of ICECP graduate Terry Sasser, Matie, was the flag bearer for her home country, the Marshall Islands, and competed in weightlifting.
Igor Paskoski
Igor Paskoski of Macedonia, shown with athletes at the Rio Games, is a graduate of ICECP.

Badminton: Shoulder mechanics 

Jeff Miller - Physical Therapy
Shoulder expert

Jeff Miller

Physical therapist

Jeff Miller works with sports and orthopedics patients as a physical therapist in the Delaware Physical Therapy Clinic. To learn more about the clinic, visit udptclinic.com.

Gymnastics: Bone density

Chris Modlesky
Bone density expert

Chris Modlesky

Associate Professor Kinesiology & Applied Physiology

Chris Modlesky is an associate professor of kinesiology and applied physiology. His research includes exercise, nutrition and tissue (bone, muscle and adipose) development as well as disabilities and chronic disease.

Field hockey: Nutrition

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Nutrition expert

Sharon Collison

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

Sharon Collison is a registered dietitian for STAR Health at the University of Delaware a clinical instructor in the Department of Behavioral Health and Nutrition. She specializes in providing medical nutrition therapy for weight management, disordered eating, sports, wellness, and cardiovascular nutrition.

Boxing: Head impact

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Concussion expert

Tom Buckley

Assistant Professor Kinesiology & Applied Physiology

Tom Buckley is an assistant professor of kinesiology and applied physiology. He runs a broad-based, multidisciplinary concussion research program. UD is a participating institution in the landmark NCAA/Department of Defense CARE Grand Alliance study.
 

Olympics: UD in the news

What makes an Olympics body?

UD faculty featured as experts in delawareonline article.

UD student studies abroad in Brazil


Gilman Scholarship recipient gets front-row seat to the action.

Cupping therapy at UD 


Sparked by Michael Phelps' blemishes, NBC comes to UD to see cupping therapy in action. 

Female athletes dominate Olympics

Women have dominated NBC screen time in the evenings, Associated Press article says, citing research from a UD professor. 

Media Inquiries

If you would like to speak to any of the experts featured on this page - or if you have another subject in mind, UD's external relations team would be happy to point you in the right direction.

Phone: 302-831-NEWS
Email: Peter Bothum at pbothum@udel.edu
 

Track & Field: oxygen consumption

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Physical activity expert

Guy Scotolati

Clinical Instructor Kinesiology & Applied Physiology

Guy Scotolati is a clinical instructor of kinesiology and applied physiology and is spearheading a new master's program in clinical exercise physiology. Exercise counseling is beneficial for anyone starting or maintaining a physical activity routine. It's available through STAR Health at the University of Delaware

Matthew J. Robinson: Co-Director, ICECP

2015 International Coaching Enrichment Opening Ceremony

Matthew J. Robinson is a professor and the Director of the Undergraduate and Graduate Sport Management Programs at the University of Delaware.Robinson serves as Director of Management Education for the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). He is heavily involved in international sport and created sport initiatives in Turkey, Senegal, Ireland, and India.  In 2007–08, Robinson worked for the United States of America Department of State in the area of Sport Diplomacy.

 

ICECP website