Delegation of top Chinese scientists visits Department of Kinesiology

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- A delegation of top sport and exercise scientists from China visited faculty and staff members from Penn State's Department of Kinesiology, the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, and the Golf Teaching and Research Center during the week of Nov. 12 to learn about the latest in scientific research and training in their field.

Representing the China State General Sports Administration, the 25 delegates were given tours of the football program's strength and conditioning and athletic training facilities in the Lasch Football Building, the Multisport Complex, and the Golf Teaching and Research Center in Keller Building during their two-day visit.
The delegates also attended lecture and laboratory presentations on athletic training, injury prevention and management, rehabilitation, nutrition, special considerations for the female athlete, and other topics given by professors and researchers in the Department of Kinesiology. The department's graduate program is ranked No. 1 in the field of kinesiology, according to studies conducted by the National Research Council, and the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education.

“The Department of Kinesiology is honored to support this delegation,” said W.E. Buckley, professor of kinesiology who, along with S. John Miller and Mary Jane De Souza, led the team that organized the visit. “The fact that this group chose to visit us speaks volumes about the strong international reputation gained through the cutting-edge basic and applied research conducted by our faculty."

The visitors from China were selected from a much larger group of professionals for the trip through a national competition. During the trip to the United States, the delegation also visited the University of Connecticut as well as institutions in Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia.

"The group wants to better understand the sport science research going on in the United States, especially at Penn State and UConn, which are ranked so highly in kinesiology," said Ling, Chengyi (Jamie), the group's translator. "They want to get some new ideas so they can provide better services for our Chinese athletes. The presentations we have heard at Penn State provide very good information for them to bring back home for their athletes."

According to Jamie, sports research does not exist at the college level in China. "Our best athletes train in national teams operated by the government, so most of our research is geared for these athletes," he said. As a result, many members of the Chinese delegation work with Olympians and other elite athletes.

"The Department of Kinesiology is particularly strong in the domains of athletic training, biomechanics, exercise physiology, history and philosophy of sport, motor control, and psychology of sport and movement," said Buckley, "The research faculty includes some the world's most renowned and respected scholars in their respective fields. We were delighted to share our latest research discoveries with the scientists from China as well as to learn from them what they are discovering in their own work."

Buckley said that researchers from Penn State and the Chinese delegation already are planning to collaborate in the future through the Sino-Canada Technology Exchange Center, which is contracted by the China State General Sports Administration to promote, develop and lead academic and business exchanges in order to encourage international collaboration.

“Our hope is that this visit will lead to mutually beneficial research and educational collaborations for both faculty members and students here and in China,” he said.



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Last Updated November 19, 2012