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MU expert to conduct testing

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Dr. Suzanne Konz of the Marshall University College of Health Professions will take part in next month's NFL Combine to assist in the medical evaluation of more than 300 pro football hopefuls.

Konz, director of the biomechanics laboratory and an associate professor in the college, will conduct isokinetic testing on collegiate athletes from across the country for the seventh time.

“Isokinetic testing is a speed-based test which measures the strength and endurance of a muscle,” Konz said. “This type of testing is necessary to determine the stability of the knee and possible longevity of these athletes.

“To be invited back for the seventh year in a row gives me the opportunity to build upon my knowledge of these testing devices, which benefits our own athletes here at Marshall University.”

Konz said the same testing was performed on Marshall's football, basketball, soccer and baseball teams last year. Brandi Anders, assistant athletic trainer for the MU women's basketball and tennis teams, said isokinetic testing can help show if players are at risk for injury or have an injury that may need addressed. Dr. Gary McIlvain, chairman of the School of Kinesiology and associate dean for the college, said many people do not know the benefits of studying biomechanics and that the university has its own expert in Huntington.

“Dr. Konz and her expertise in isokinetic testing is a valuable resource for the School of Kinesiology programs, our students and campus athletes,” McIlvain said. “Her experience in testing Olympic, collegiate and professional athletes is a resource students seek out when learning to administer and interpret isokinetic testing.”

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