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NMU Health and Human Performance faculty and graduate students delivered three presentations at the International Rock Climbing Research Congress, held Sept.14-19 in Pontresina, Switzerland. Those attending were (from left): Scott Drum, Phil Watts and exercise science graduate students Matt Kilgas and Kevin Phillips. The papers they presented were:

“Geometric Entropy During Rock Climbing—Lead versus Top-Rope Ascents” by Watts, Drum, Kilgas and Phillips. This study was funded by a professional development grant from the College of Professional Studies.

“Static Stretching Does Not Impair Climbing-Specific Measures of Upper Limb Force and Power,” a graduate student project coauthored by Kilgas, Phillips and Watts.  

“Body Position and Technique Effects on Displacement in the Dyno Maneuver in Rock Climbing,” a graduate student project coauthored by Phillips and Randy Jensen (Health and Human Performance).