From conferences to symposiums, the sport management and physical education majors of Lees-McRae College have had an exciting and busy semester.
In October two Lees-McRae students were able to attend the 6th Annual Student Leadership Retreat in Weddington, North Carolina, hosted by the NCAAHPERD (North Carolina Alliance for Athletics, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance).
Lexi King, a sport management major and member of the women’s lacrosse team, and Bradley Tanis, a physical education major and member of the men’s track and field team, represented Lees-McRae at the conference alongside students from seventeen other colleges and universities.
This retreat allows each participating college to send two students free of charge. This includes lodging, meals, and a ropes course! The retreat stresses the importance of teamwork and networking with professionals and peers. Upon completion, the students are given free membership in NCAAHPERD.
Soon after the retreat, nineteen Lees-McRae students traveled to Winston-Salem for the NCAAHPERD Annual State Convention held on November 12.
The group consisted mainly of sport management or physical education majors, but was also joined by students considering either major. The convention provided excellent professional development sessions and many opportunities for networking. The convention also included many exhibitors with the latest sports and teaching equipment and graduate school representatives.
Rounding out a wonderful semester, senior sport management major Scott Jackson presented his senior research project at the 5th annual State of North Carolina Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium (SNCURCS) held the University of North Carolina at Wilmington November 21. Jackson was in the company of students from sixteen other colleges and universities across the state.
Jackson’s project focused on the lack of scientific research on the subject of bicycle fitting. The objective of his study was to determine the validity of bicycle fit recommendations from industry experts against the actual fits of twenty men and women collegiate cyclists on a nationally ranked collegiate cycling team (Lees-McRae, of course).
Jackson put each of the twenty participants through a series of tests, which involved filming the subject riding a bike, analysis of that data using Pro Trainer Software, and the use of anatomical landmarks as reference points for computer motion analysis.
The preliminary results of the study revealed a significant deviance from the industry standards. The results of this study are important for any cyclist, recreational or professional, because proper bike fit is essential to maximize efficiency and minimize injury.
The Sports Management and Physical Education majors of Lees-McRae College have had a wonderful semester of educational opportunities both inside the classroom and inside the conference room.