Duane ButtonAs an undergraduate student in the Kinesiology streamline at the School of Human Kinetics and Recreation I began to do research work in Dr. David Behm’s Applied Neuromuscular Physiology Laboratory. We performed some very fascinating projects on neuromuscular aspects of stretching and weight training. I enjoyed the research so much I asked Dr. Behm to take me on as a graduate student. During my Masters I did several other performance related research projects. My Masters Research project entitled “The Effects of Noise and Contraction Intensity
on Vigilance Performance” was published in a peer review journal and was recognized internationally in the media. Based on the findings in our study Dr. Behm and I were contacted for interviews by journalists throughout the world. It was an intriguing experience.
During my undergraduate and master degrees I was an author on five peer-reviewed publications. Because of these publications I have been deemed by other members of the community as an expert in the strength and conditioning field and I have been invited to give several presentations as a guest lecturer at the university, in the community as well as to several sporting organizations and continue to be invited to give presentations at the present time.
Not only did I develop a very strong research background, but I was also given opportunity to teach undergraduate courses during my Masters. This experience helped prepare me for future presentations at the community, national and international level. It also helped me to further develop communication, organizational and management skills. Furthermore, since I had teaching experience, when I pursued Ph.D. studies I was asked to teach at the undergraduate level.
After completion of my Masters of Physical Education Degree in May, 2003 I pursued Ph.D studies with Dr. Phillip Gardiner at the Spinal Cord Research Center , Department of Physiology, University of Manitoba . It was there that I learned basic science with the goal in mind to further my research capabilities and become a better applied physiologist. Starting September 2008, I will be taking on a post-doctoral fellow position in Dr. Dale Corbett’s Stroke Research Laboratory at the Health Sciences Centre, Department of BioMedical Sciences, Memorial University of Newfoundland. I sincerely believe that none of these opportunities would have presented themselves without the experience I received as a masters student at the School of Human Kinetics and Recreation.