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A Lakeland College student has had her exercise science research selected for presentation at a national conference in July.
Lakeland senior Andrea Weber of Sheboygan and Lakeland Assistant Professor of Exercise Science Kelly Quick will present their research at the National Strength and Conditioning Association national conference, which runs July 6-9, in Las Vegas.
Weber and Quick investigated whether intentionally using the gluteus maximus during two different lower body exercises (step up and body weight squat) would make the quads work less, thus reducing the risk of non-contact anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries.
"Many people, especially women, suffer from non-contact ACL injuries, and one factor in those injuries is an imbalance between the strength of the quads and the strength of the hamstrings," Quick said. "The quads are too strong for the balance between the two.
"If we can decrease quad activity by intentionally recruiting the gluteus maximus, then perhaps training over time that way will help to decrease the chance of overdeveloping the quads."
Weber is a double major in exercise science and biology. She hopes to be a physician's assistant or physical therapist.
The research was conducted through a Lakeland College Grant for Faculty-Student Collaboration in Research and/or Performance, a Lakeland program which provides funding for students and faculty to work on projects together.