Congratulations to our awardees of this year’s McGill Sports Science Fellowships!
These three students are being awarded fellowships to support their research projects outlined below:
Supervisor: Dr. Charlotte Usselman
Project Title: Recovery Strategies in Triathletes Following Cycling Exercise
Project Brief: Intense endurance sports such as triathlon impose a particularly large stress on the cardiovascular system and autonomic nervous system. Popular recovery strategies are primarily focused on reducing muscle soreness, rather than restoring optimal balance within the autonomic nervous system. Therefore, comparing effectiveness of established and emerging recovery strategies will guide trained triathletes to optimize performance and adaptation.
Supervisor: Dr. Jenna Gibbs
Project Title: Evaluating the associations between energy availability, bone strength, and performance in endurance-trained individuals
Project Brief: Endurance athletes are at higher risk of bone loss and injury due to high-volume training and inadequate nutritional intake. This Master’s project aims to evaluate the associations between energy availability, bone strength, and performance in young, endurance-trained individuals. The proposed research will create new knowledge on nutrition- and training-related factors that determine bone health and optimal performance in endurance sport.
Supervisor: Dr. Julie Côté
Project Title: Sex differences in knee joint stability after repeated sprint exercise in elite athletes
Project Brief: My project will observe sex-specific changes in knee landing kinematics after repeated sprint exercise in elite athletes. We hope to provide research that contributes to the development of more tailored training protocols to optimize performance and reduce knee injury risk.
Each student will be conducting in-depth sports science projects within their research fields. Sports science is a research initiative within the Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education, which aims to improve sport performance by answering research questions that arise in the sporting community.