Utah Delegation Conduct Research and Develop Partnership with Hungarian University of Sports Science

In a significant step towards fostering international cooperation and academic collaboration, a delegation from Brigham Young University (BYU), Utah, USA have recently visited the Hungarian University of Sports Science (HUSS). The visit aimed to continue research with HUSS Department of Health Sciences and Sport Medicine and lay the groundwork for future partnership between the two prestigious institutions.

Led by prominent faculty members, Dr Wayne Johnson and Dr Ron Hager, the BYU team continued their 2022 research project with HUSS. BYU master student Camille Nguyen has been conducting research regarding Hungarian water-polo players with the cooperation of Dóra Molnár and Dr Martina Uvacsek from the Department of Health Sciences and Sport Medicine of HUSS with the indispensable help of Dénes Lukács, water-polo coach and Dr Leonidas Petridis, Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Sports Life Sciences. The aim of their study was to learn about the Achilles tendon adaptation during water-polo training. Through the two weeks of their stay, they were able to measure more than 60 players.

The delegates from BYU were also received at the International Relations Directorate of HUSS, where possible cooperation areas were discussed. Planned future collaboration include BYU faculty taking part in HUSS organized webinars both as lecturers and as participants, BYU faculty led student groups visiting Hungary and taking short-cycle programs as part of the annual “Study Abroad” program of BYU, and last, but not least, working on further research projects together. As an acknowledgement of their commitment, the two institutions have agreed to sign a Letter of Intent in the near future.

The visit has laid the foundation for a promising future characterized by shared research endeavors, cross-cultural learning experiences, and an enduring partnership in the pursuit of excellence in sports sciences.

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