Sean Wehry

Mentor: Dr. Chris Hass
College of Health and Human Performance
 
" After taking a few classes within the college of Health and Human Performance, I knew I wanted to apply my classroom knowledge from either a clinical or research standpoint. I shadowed an Orthopedic Surgeon during Christmas break, and I became further intrigued in the capabilities of the body. I wanted to learn not only the mechanics of the moving body, but also how the brain was able to control these mechanisms so smoothly. Shortly after my adventures in the hospital, I began to volunteer in the Biomechanics and Applied Neuromechanics Lab. Research goes beyond the realm of the classroom. I can read textbooks about motor control and the effects of Parkinson's Disease, but I knew my knowledge about the subject would hit a glass ceiling. Research allows for creativity in the field of science. I wanted to be apart of a team that asked not just the question "What is it?" but also "What can we do to learn more about it in efforts to fix it?" "

Major

Exercise Physiology

Minor

Business Administration

Research Interests

  • Biomechanics
  • Neuroscience
  • Parkinson's Disease

Academic Awards

  • UF University Scholars Program
  • Dean's List

Organizations

  • Honors Ambassador
  • Kappa Sigma Fraternity
  • HHP College Council

Volunteer

  • Sydney Lanier
  • Boys and Girls Club

Hobbies and Interests

  • Fishing
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Piano
  • Fishing

Research Description

The Effect of Motor Modality on Dual Task Performance within Healthy Younger Adults

The purpose of this study is to determine the effect of motor (exercise) modality on the interaction between cognitive and motor performance that occurs when the two tasks are done at the same time. Previously we have shown that performing a cognitive task concurrently while riding a stationary exercise bicycle led to significant improvement in cycling performance when compared to baseline single task cycling. This effect was observed in healthy older adults and those with Parkinson’s disease. In this project we will compare single and dual task (motor task with cognitive task) performance in healthy young adults while riding on a stationary bicycle, walking on a treadmill, and exercising on an elliptical trainer.