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Beyond MU | Life After Sports – Benefits, Challenges, and Opportunities
Have you ever wondered about the long-term health of college or professional athletes after they retire from sports? What are the health and career benefits of high-level sport? What are the long-term implications of sport-related injury? What challenges do athletes face as they transition to life after sport? These and other questions inspire the research of Marquette’s Life After Sport Trajectories (LAST) Lab (www.lastlab.org) within the university’s Athletic and Human Performance Research Center, directed by clinician-scientist and assistant professor of physical therapy, Dr. Jacob J. Capin.

Supported by a prestigious NIH Director’s Early Independence Award, Dr. Capin’s research focuses on long-term health in athletes with the goal of improving health in midlife and beyond. This Beyond MU program will provide an overview of the research that drives the LAST lab and a panel discussion of several key stakeholders.

Mar 22, 2023 12:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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Jacob Capin, PT, DPT, PhD, MS
Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy and Director of the Life After Sport Trajectories (LAST) Lab @Marquette University
Dr. Jacob Capin is a clinician-scientist driven to advance rehabilitation and health outcomes through exercise, behavior change, and other non-surgical, non-pharmacologic interventions. Inspired by playing NCAA basketball and rehabilitating athletes after traumatic knee injury, Jacob’s research goal is to improve musculoskeletal function, cardiometabolic health, and overall wellness across the lifespan of former athletes. He was awarded an NIH Director’s Early Independence Award to investigate two potential determinants (prior injury and sedentary behavior) of poor long-term health in former athletes (DP5-OD031833).
Carolyn Smith, MD
Associate Clinical Professor, College of Health Sciences and Team Physician, Intercollegiate Athletics @Marquette University
Dr. Smith, a family medicine physician that specializes in musculoskeletal conditions, is an associate clinical professor at Marquette University in the College of Health Sciences. In 2003 she was named medical team physician for the Marquette University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, a position she still holds. Her interests include bone health and sports injury prevention and treatment in the female athlete. She has expertise in running medicine and a special interest in the endurance athlete. An avid runner, Dr. Smith ran cross-country and track for the University of Wisconsin and participated in the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials. She is a national age-group record holder and former 100K and 24-hour national ultramarathon champion. She has been a member of the USA Track and Field 100K National Team on seven occasions and the 24-Hour National Team on two occasions.
Kareeda Chones-Aguam, Comm ’98
Senior Vice President of Partner Strategy and Management @Milwaukee Bucks
In her 24th season with the Milwaukee Bucks and Fiserv Forum, Kareeda Chones Aguam leads a team responsible for managing and retaining 70+ marketing partnerships for the Milwaukee Bucks including working closely with the management team in the construction and development of the new 500M Deer District in downtown Milwaukee. The partnership revenue line has quadrupled during her leadership. Chones Aguam has also been a free-lance voice talent artist for over 20 years as the voice of numerous commercials, TV programs, and professional employee videos for clients including Milwaukee Bucks' Basketball, and her most recent project as the Voice of Fiserv Forum! She was formerly the TV host of the Marquette Women's Basketball Coach's Show, Marquette Women's Basketball TV Color Analyst, and on-air voice talent on Milwaukee's Smooth Jazz 106.9. A graduate of Marquette University and four year letter winner of the Marquette Women's Basketball Team, Kareeda majored in PR and minored in Spanish.
James Wright
Special Education Teacher and Head Coach for Girls Basketball team @Shorewood High School
James Wright believes that a good coach can change a game, but a great coach can change a life. His aim is to inspire athletes to reach their highest potential on and off the court. His passion for coaching stems from his personal basketball and track careers. James has won three Horizon League championships and in 2005, while serving as his team’s captain, James played a pivotal role in helping the Milwaukee Panthers reach the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. In 2022, he received the Milwaukee Bucks Community Hero Award and in 2010, was bestowed the privilege of having the James Wright Special Recognition Award, named in his honor. Presented by the UWM Athletic Board, the award is given to a student-athlete who has demonstrated significant commitment and dedication, having faced and overcome adversity, while exemplifying the spirit and integrity of athletic success and academic achievement.
Taylor Wolf, BS, SPT
Doctor of Physical Therapy Student, Department of Physical Therapy; Student Research Technician, LAST Lab @Marquette University
Taylor is a Doctor of Physical Therapy student at Marquette University and recently retired NCAA DI volleyball standout. Prior to coming to Marquette in 2021, Taylor earned her Bachelor of Science degree with a double major in psychology and human biology. She had an accomplished volleyball career, where she led the entire nation in triple-doubles in her final season at Marquette. She was also recognized as a 4x All-American, 3x Player of the Year, along with many offensive and defensive player awards while leading her teams to numerous conference championships and NCAA tournament appearances. In addition to her DPT course load, Taylor has worked as a website and graphic designer for several research labs as a member of the exercise and rehabilitation science program at Marquette. Taylor is looking forward to growing her knowledge and experience in physical therapy and learning from many of her teammates on the LAST lab team.
Lindsey Mirkes, H Sci ’21, Grad ’22, MS
Research Technician, Life After Sport Trajectories Lab @Marquette University
Lindsey is a recent graduate from Marquette University's Exercise and Rehabilitation Science Master's program, and previously earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Science and minor in Psychology in May 2021. Lindsey was a member of the Marquette Women's Track and Field Team from 2017-2022 and holds the school record for the Outdoor High Jump. She is a 3x NCAA Regional qualifier and 2x MVP award winner. She is now working full-time as a Research Technician in the Life After Sport Trajectories (LAST) Lab. With her passion for athletics, experience with research, and background in health sciences, she is excited to be involved with valuable research to improve the long-term health in athletes.