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Exercise Dependence in Runners and Weight Lifters: Does it Really Exist?

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1/30/2009 —

Dr. Bruce Hale, Associate Professor of Kinesiology at Penn State Berks, will present "Exercise Dependence in Runners and Weight Lifters: Does it Really Exist?" on Friday, January 30, from 1:00-2:30 p.m. in room 123 of the Luerssen Building. This presentation is free and open to the public and light refreshments will be served.

Hale's discussion will cover the history of exercise-dependence research, along with his own research, and why some people seemingly become addicted to exercise. Additionally, Hale plans to discuss evidence for whether exercise dependence exists in runners and body builders, how exercise dependence is related to muscle dysmorphia and possible eating disorders, how it is measured, possible antecedents, and the use of interventions.

Hale has performed a series of studies with undergraduate Kinesiology students at Penn State Berks, as well as students in the United Kingdom on exercise dependence in bodybuilders and weight lifters. He also assisted an undergraduate student in developing the Bodybuilding Dependence Scale, which was validated over four subsequent studies as a means of measuring the condition.

The Division of Science Colloquia features Penn State Berks faculty who conduct research on a wide variety of topics. Upcoming events will include a lecture by Dr. Jianbing Qi, Assistant Professor of Physics, titled "Making Ultracold Atoms and Molecules in the Lab" on Friday, February 20, 2009 from 1:00-2:30 p.m. in room 123 of the Luerssen Building.


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