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Exchange students wrap up a summer in Germany

The HKR students, Megan Cummings, Sean Budden, Jason Blair, Greg Pearcey, David Copithorne, Kyle Spracklin, Jeremy Butt, David Bradbury Squires and Josh Howard, took courses and did some sightseeing around the University of Kassel. In addition to Canadians there were students from Serbia, Holland, Iraq, Mexico and China.

Dr. Dave Behm, associate director of Graduate Studies and Research in HKR, taught physiology of strength training. "Although many universities offer condensed duration native language courses for international students, this was the first ever condensed international sport science course. The opportunities to be taught by internationally recognized professors, interactions with students from around the globe and cultural experiences was an eye opening experience for most of the students. Memorial was instrumental in allowing this venture to come to fruition."

Other courses were current topics in global sport development, applied sport psychology and applied sport biomechanics. Besides Canda, the faculty came from West Chester University in Pennsylvania (sport sociologist), Universities of Freiberg and Kassel (co-teaching of applied sports biomechanics course) and Kiel Germany (sport psychology). Dr. Duane Button and Justin Murphy, former HKR graduate student, also made special guest presentations on foam rolling research, and training and rehabilitation of St. John's Ice Caps respectively.

Memorial has been partnering with the German university since 2007 for exchanges of teaching, literature, publications, and research but this was the first year for the International Summer School of Sport Science. Next year's IS4 is tentatively planned for Beijing and in 2015 it will be held at Memorial.

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