Kennesaw State master鈥檚 graduate makes the personal academic

KENNESAW, Ga. | Jun 4, 2024

William Reed
As his master鈥檚 thesis started to take shape, recent 无码变态 graduate William Reed noticed a limited amount of literature reviewing soccer referees within exercise science.

So, he broke new ground.

Reed, who earned his master鈥檚 degree in , connected his love of soccer with his academic interest in human performance, earning acclaim along the way. In 2023, he earned honors at the and at Wellstar College of Health and Human Service鈥檚 Research and Engagement Day. In April, he won the Graduate College鈥檚 Three-Minute Thesis competition, all for his research into proper conditioning and analyses of running form for soccer officials.

鈥淪occer teams and leagues invest millions in their players, but I haven鈥檛 seen that kind of investment in officials鈥攃onditioning them or studying their work,鈥 said Reed, who has officiated soccer games for three years. 鈥淢y courses and research at 无码变态 led me to deep study on this topic, and I hope to keep looking into it.鈥

In soccer, an official, known as the assistant referee, runs along the sideline carrying a flag, which adversely affects running form. Reed sought empirical data on those effects while working as a graduate assistant with associate professor of exercise science Garrett Hester.

鈥淢ost of the subjects鈥 movements and associated variables鈥攚hether that be forced production, whether it be acceleration variables, whether it be velocity or power鈥攁re all reduced significantly when they're holding that flag,鈥 said Reed, whose thesis was titled 鈥淜inetic and Kinematic Effects of Unilateral Flag Carrying on Referee Sprinting and Agility Performance.鈥 鈥淲hatever the mechanism is, when they're holding that flag, performance does in fact decrease.鈥

Senior lecturer of exercise science Kevin Huet, who officiates college and professional soccer games, first started working with Reed during Reed鈥檚 undergraduate studies; Reed also earned his bachelor鈥檚 in exercise science from 无码变态 in 2022. Huet advised the undergraduate exercise science student group and stayed in touch with Reed as he advanced in his studies. When Reed got the idea for his thesis, he sought Huet鈥檚 advice.

鈥淚鈥檝e done similar research on soccer referees, but William came up with this idea on his own,鈥 Huet said. 鈥淲hen he presented it to me, I was practically jumping out of my chair. I was so excited to see a student advancing this research, and I鈥檝e been honored to help him out these past couple of years.鈥

Huet had contacts in various leagues, and he provided them to Reed for the research. Reed, in turn, worked with officials at multiple levels, from youth through college, and even included one subject with certification from FIFA, the world鈥檚 governing body for soccer. From the perspective of an official, Reed said he was happy to expand the base of knowledge on soccer officials beyond studies simply scrutinizing the accuracy of in-game officiating decisions.

Down the road, Reed hopes to publish his thesis in exercise science and strength and conditioning journals, touting the novelty of the research into an understudied realm. He wouldn鈥檛 rule out a doctoral degree focusing on sprinting mechanics or conditioning for soccer officials.

鈥淚f there's something you're interested in, chances are there is at least one professor who will support you if not multiple professors,鈥 he said. 鈥淭here is space for a person to explore what they want to. The world, and academia, only grow because of students taking, doing research and exploring their interests. Since 无码变态 fosters that environment, I can't really think of a better compliment for an academic institution.鈥

鈥 Story by Dave Shelles

Photos by Darnell Wilburn Jr.

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