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Ohio State University News Tips - 09/03/14

Groundbreaking ceremony for Veterinary Medical Center expansion to include digging help from dog – Sept. 5. The public is invited to attend the groundbreaking ceremony for The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center (VMC) expansion beginning at 4 p.m. on Friday, September 5 at 601 Vernon L. Tharp St. The formal program begins at 5, and will include remarks from university President Michael V. Drake, Dean Lonnie King, senior veterinary student Katie Huter, and campaign co-chair Mrs. Barbara Trueman. They will all receive digging assistance from Rita, K-9 police dog from the Ohio State University Police Division. Other special canine friends will also be on-hand to exemplify the specialty medicine taking place in the VMC and the critical need for an improved facility. CONTACT: Melissa Weber, office: 614-292-3752; cell: 614-327-6024; weber.254@osu.edu.

Symposium focuses on young black girls and teens – Sept. 12-13. Black Girls: Silent Crisis, a two-day symposium focused on the issues and challenges related to the economic, educational, social, mental and physical health of young black girls and teens, and the role of the criminal justice system in the lives of black girls and their families, will take place Friday and Saturday, September 12 and 13 at the AAAS Community Extension Center, 905 Mount Vernon Ave. The event is free and open to scholars, students and the Columbus community.
Simone Drake , assistant professor of African American and African Studies, and Frances Frazier, principal investigator on Columbus’ Rise Sister Rise, are the organizers of the symposium. Panelists include David Ikard, University of Miami; Waldo Johnson, associate professor, race, politics and culture, University of Chicago; Ako Kambon, president, Visionary Leaders Institute; Nina Mercer, playwright and author, Medgar Evers College (CUNY); Monique Morris, National Black Women’s Justice Institute as well as other scholars and community activists. CONTACT: Simone Drake, 614-292-8079, drake.simone@gmail.com.

In Pro Baseball Pitchers, Weak Core Linked to More Missed Days. New research suggests that professional baseball pitchers with poor core stability are more likely to miss 30 or more days in a single season because of injury than are pitchers who have good control of muscles in their lower back and pelvis.
In the study, 347 pitchers were assessed for lumbopelvic control during spring training. Pitchers with more tilt in their pelvis as they raised a leg to step up were up to three times more likely to miss at least 30 days – cumulative, not consecutive – during the season than were pitchers who showed minimal tilt in their pelvis.
The study shows association, not causation, but does suggest that pitchers might benefit from training to improve their lumbopelvic control – essentially, a more stable core during movement.
Researchers say these findings and previous studies suggest that “task-specific training” mimicking real-world, quick-reaction activities – as opposed to such static moves as crunches and planks – could be an effective core-strengthening approach for pitchers and other active people.
“The nice thing about lumbopelvic control is that there’s not any downside we can think of to trying to improve it,” said Ajit Chaudhari, associate professor of health and rehabilitation sciences and of orthopaedics at The Ohio State University and lead author of the study. SEE: http://news.osu.edu/news/2014/09/02/%E2%80%8Bin-pro-baseball-pitchers-weak-core-linked-to-more-missed-days/.

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