Exercise & Sport Science Initiative Launches

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The University of Michigan today launched the Exercise & Sport Science Initiative, a new research program that draws on experts from a wide range of faculty and students across campus, Michigan Athletics and industry partners to optimize physical performance and health for athletes and exercisers of all ages and abilities.

Key participants in this initiative include researchers from the School of Kinesiology:

Ron Zernicke is co-director of ESSI. Dr. Zernicke, who recently stepped down as dean, is professor of Kinesiology and holds appointments in Orthopaedic Surgery, the U-M Medical School, and Biomedical Engineering. The other ESSI co-director is Dr. Ellen Arruda, professor of Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, and Macromolecular Science and Engineering. He is also faculty member of the Michigan Performance Research Lab (MIPR).

Jessica Deneweth Zendler is director of the Michigan Performance Research Lab, which is dedicated to helping athletes of all ages and abilities achieve their personal best. They work with clinical, research and industry partners to develop cross-disciplinary approaches to challenges in athletic performance, health and wellness, and sports technology.