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Joseph B. Myers, Ph.D., A.T.C.

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University Of Pittsburgh Sports Injury Researcher Dr. Joseph Myers Wins National Award For Shoulder Studies

INDIANAPOLIS, June 13, 2005 — Joseph B. Myers, Ph.D., A.T.C. , a sports injury researcher and associate director of the Neuromuscular Research Laboratory (NMRL) at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Center for Sports Medicine, has been awarded the 2005 New Investigator Award from the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) Research and Education Foundation. Dr. Myers receives his award today at the NATA’s 56th Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposia in Indianapolis, being held June 12 to16.

The award recognizes outstanding research contributions to sports medicine and athletic training during the five years following completion of one’s Ph.D., which Dr. Myers completed in 2001. He was a unanimous selection in this, his first year of nomination. The award is particularly special because it is sponsored and given in name as the Freddie H. Fu, M.D., New Investigator Award. Dr. Fu is the David Silver Professor and chairman of the department of orthopaedic surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

Upon receiving the award today, Dr. Myers is presenting a summary of the research for which he is being honored. His ongoing work at the NMRL has focused on identifying very specific neuromuscular and biomechanical alterations associated with the treatment and rehabilitation of shoulder injuries and disease conditions. These investigations in particular can assist clinicians to more effectively manage injuries in overhead-throwing athletes.

In December 2004, Dr. Myers received a grant from the Aircast Foundation Inc. to look at functional impairment in patients with rotator cuff injuries. He also has been studying shoulder injuries in throwing athletes, with funding from NFL Charities.

Dr. Myers is an assistant professor and coordinator of Graduate Studies in Sports Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences department of sports medicine and nutrition. He also is an assistant professor in the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine’s department of orthopaedic surgery.

Dr. Myers in 2002 returned to the program where he received his Ph.D. in sports medicine one year earlier. He was an assistant professor of kinesiology at Louisiana State University prior to returning to Pittsburgh. He earned a master’s degree at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

The NMRL contains state-of-the-art neuromuscular and biomechanical assessment tools with which researchers use the latest sports medicine and athletic conditioning techniques to concentrate on two main goals: prevent and manage injury while enhancing athletic performance. Laboratory faculty includes those from the sports medicine and nutrition department at the university’s School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences and the orthopaedic surgery department at the university’s School of Medicine. In addition to shoulder research, the NMRL also has ongoing studies of sports performance, injury prevention, treatment and rehabilitation involving golf, cycling, the female anterior cruciate ligament and lower extremities. For more information, go to

The UPMC Center for Sports Medicine is among the highest-regarded sports medicine clinical and research programs in the world, attracting professional and elite athletes from all over the globe as well as amateur and scholastic athletes and non-athletes from throughout the region who seek specialty sports medicine care. UPMC is the official sports medicine provider to the Pittsburgh Steelers, the University of Pittsburgh Panthers and the Pittsburgh Penguins as well as numerous other athletic organizations.

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