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Kinesiology majors Nikki Vargas '21 and Amanda Hernández '22 presented at the Annual Meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine, Southwest Chapter in Costa Mesa on October 30. Kinesiology professors Kristyne Wiegand and Trish Van Oosbree mentored the projects.
Hernandez's project, "A Case Study Comparison of Lower Extremity Kinematics in Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome" focused on biomechanical risk factors for the development of medial tibial stress syndrome in runners. While Vargas's project, titled "Developing a Predictive Model for VO2max in Middle-Distance Track and Field Athletes" determined factors that can influence maximal oxygen consumption during running.
Vargas, a recent graduate, was a recipient of the Whittier College Yao Yuan Sze Fellowship, a program dedicated to providing financial and mentoring support to students interested in conducting Kinesiology research with a faculty member.