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Feb. 7, 2006

Krishnan Wins 2006 L.B. Sims Award From UI Graduate College

The University of Iowa Graduate College has awarded the L.B. Sims Outstanding Master's Thesis Award to Chandramouli Krishnan, who received his master's degree in physical therapy in July 2006.

Established in 2005 to recognize and reward distinguished scholarship at the master's level at the UI, the L.B. Sims Outstanding Master's Thesis award carries a $500 honorarium and the honor of being the UI's nominee for the Midwest Association of Graduate Schools Distinguished Master's Thesis Award.

Krishnan's work was chosen from among a competitive pool of high quality master's theses nominated for this award, demonstrating the impressive level of research conducted by graduate students at the UI.

Krishnan, who has continued his graduate studies at the UI in pursuit of a doctorate, has made an impact in his field with research that reveals important differences in the ways females and males use thigh muscles, with implications for changes in training protocol and injury risk assessment.

Glenn Williams, Krishnan's thesis advisor, is an assistant professor of physical therapy and rehabilitation science and of orthopedics and rehabilitation and Director of Research for the UI Sports Medicine Center.

Williams said Krishnan's thesis, "Quadriceps and Hamstrings Muscle Control in Athletic Males and Females," makes significant advances in physical therapy, presenting compelling information on the risk of knee injury in female athletes.

"Female athletes are 4 to 6 times more likely to sustain severe knee injuries than male athletes under similar exposure to risk. Experts have long believed that the female predisposition to these injuries was due in part to neuromuscular differences," he said.

Krishnan's research is important, Williams said, because it "provides the best evidence to date that there are fundamental differences in voluntary muscle control in males and females that may impact injury risk. Moreover, the results suggest that females may need to be trained differently than males, which is generally not the case at this time."

Before coming to the University of Iowa to begin his graduate education, Mr. Krishnan received his bachelor's degree and a diploma in India.

The UI Graduate Program in Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science has been ranked fifth in the nation by U.S.News & World Report.

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