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Injury Prevention Expert Yang Joins Faculty

Posted Aug. 2, 2012
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Injury prevention scholar Dr. Jingzhen “Ginger” Yang, new tenure-track associate professor of social and behavioral science, comes to Kent State from the University of Iowa.  The Injury Prevention Research Center there is one of 11 injury centers of excellence funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Yang is an expert in sports injury prevention and control and has spent 10 years studying sports injuries and the ramifications they have on an athlete’s mental health.  Her most recent research has focused on National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I athletes and on Major League Baseball pitchers.  In a five-year, $775,000 CDC study ending this year, Yang investigated the influence of social support on physical and psychological recovery from injury among nine teams of college athletes at three Big Ten universities, including Iowa, Michigan State University and Purdue University. 

“I’m also investigating shoulder surgery outcomes among minor league pitchers,” she says.  “We’re starting with physical aspects of injury and hope to look at psychological outcomes,” she explains.  Yang joins spouse Dr. Kele Ding on the Kent State faculty; he’s an associate professor of health education and promotion in the College of Education, Health and Human Services.  This fall, Yang will be teaching Social and Behavioral Science Theories in Public Health.