Fourth-year Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine student Lindsay Maguire is an athlete who found herself drawn to a research project with implications for other athletes. She worked under the mentorship of Robin Queen, associate professor of biomedical engineering and mechanics, in the Kevin P. Granata Biomechanics Lab at Virginia Tech.

Check out the video below to learn more about her project, which looked at ways to determine when an athlete with an ACL injury may be ready to return to sport to decrease chance of reinjury.

All students at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine are required to conduct original, hypothesis-driven research. In the first year, they receive research training and find a mentor. Over the next three years, they have dedicated time to work on their project.

Maguire is one of eight students in the class of 2019 who received Letters of Distinction for their research project. Each of them will give an oral presentation at the 2019 VTCSOM Medical Student Research Symposium. The rest of the class will give poster presentations. The symposium runs the afternoon of March 8. The public is welcome to attend, and a live stream will also be available.