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Kinesiology professor brings cycling expertise to Augusta

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Cycling is a growing sport, expected to double in revenue in the next five years, according to an industry report by IBISWorld.

Dr. Amos Meyers, newly hired assistant professor of kinesiology in the GRU College of Education, hopes to encourage that interest here in Augusta.

“I study sports biomechanics. What equipment does an athlete use, and how can we change that to facilitate their movement? If they’re moving efficiently, does that translate to physiological efficiency?” Meyers said.

While the research theme is open to application, his dissertation concentrated on the connection between the shoe and the pedal in cycling. There are three points of contact on a bike – the hands, seat and feet. The first two are fairly static connections. The last requires a great deal of movement from the muscles and joints.

“There are so many variables you can change, and not a lot of research on what those changes should be,” Meyers said.

As a professor, Meyers brings a wealth of teaching experience at both the University of Miami and the University of Pittsburgh, along with coaching experience in cycling, rowing and swimming.

Meyers said that he had really good mentors in the classroom and wants to model for his students what was modeled for him. That includes effectiveness and enthusiasm for the subject and for research in his field.

“I love what I do,” he said. “And I love what the field does: It’s cool, it’s exciting, it’s important. I try to pass on that feeling to students.”

Meyers has a growing list of articles and conference presentations and has worked on three different research grants. He is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine and USA Cycling. He also reviews articles for the Journal of Emerging Investigators, a journal dedicated to exposing middle and high schoolers to the academic publication process.

Meyers received his bachelor’s degree from Angelo State University, master’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh and doctoral degree from the University of Miami.

4 ways to keep your kids active this summer

AUGUSTA, Ga- School is out for the summer, and many kids are already trying to figure out what to do with their free time. Though lounging around in front of the TV or computer seems to be a common pastime, recent studies show inactive kids experience unhealthy summer weight gain.

Finding ways to get your kids to be more active can be a challenge, but children will be open to a healthier lifestyle when the parents make it a family affair, according to Tracey Neely, Instructor in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Science at Georgia Regents University.

“It takes the whole family working together to stay healthy,” Neely said. “When parents adjust diet and incorporate exercise in the family routine, both attitudes and bodies will become healthier.”
So, if you are looking for ways to help your family stay healthy this summer, Neely offers the following tips:

1. Make a plan. Get the family involved in developing a meal plan. When you go to the grocery store, allow the children to help with the shopping and involve them in the food preparation.

2. Walk it out. Set aside a few days of the week for the family to engage in physical activity like walking the dog, playing hopscotch, jumping rope, or even kicking a soccer ball around .

3. Put the remote down and step away from the TV. Limit your children’s television viewing to about two hours a day and incorporate physical activity during commercial breaks.

4. Whistle while you work. Make chores fun by turning a few of them into games the family can do together. For example, see how quickly you can clean the house, play music while you are doing laundry, or allow your children to dance and sing while they help fold clothes.