Expert video available on Rio Olympics

Augusta University experts explain cupping, Zika, the science of recovery and more

AUGUSTA, Ga.  – New videos from Augusta University feature a diverse set of experts available for interviews on a variety of topics related to the 2016 Rio Olympics. Videos are available for download and may be republished or broadcast by members of the media.

The Science of Recovery
Drs. Paul McNeil, professor of cellular biology and anatomy
Meghan McGee-Lawrence, assistant professor of cellular biology and anatomy

What happens to muscles and bones on a cellular level during exercise? Cellular biologists from the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University explain why it’s essential to give your body a break after exercising.

Will the Olympics mean Growth for Rio?
Dr. Simon Medcalfe, associate professor of finance and economics

Will hosting the Olympics help or hurt Rio de Janeiro in the long run? An expert in the James M. Hull College of Business shares an economist’s take on improving the games.

Nutrition for Athletes and the Rest of Us
Andy Yurechko, registered dietitian

Whether you are training for an Olympic-sized event or simply exercising for good health, it’s important to eat a proper diet and stay hydrated. A registered dietician debunks the use of supplements like vitamin waters and protein drinks, but encourages the use of drinks with electrolytes to replace lost salt and water.

Is Cupping a Cure for Muscle Strain?
Wenxin Zhou, associate director of the Confucius Institute at Augusta University

How effective is cupping, a form of traditional Chinese medicine that uses suction to stimulate blood flow and stretch connective tissue? An expert in traditional Chinese medicine explains how the ancient practice hit the spotlight and how Western medical students benefit from an education that includes traditional Chinese medicine.

Is Zika Still a Threat?
Dr. Jose Vazquez, division chief of Infectious Diseases and professor of Medicine

If Zika is an ongoing threat, how can we best protect ourselves from mosquitoes? An infectious disease expert discusses who should be concerned about the virus and practical precautions for travelers.

On the Ground in Rio
Brennan Meagher, communication coordinator
Arthur Takahashi, digital media coordinator

Members of the university’s Division of Communications & Marketing are in Rio documenting the inspiring story of Olympic marathoner and recent graduate Pardon Ndhlovu. Meagher and Takahashi are available to discuss the short documentary they’ve created about Ndhlovu, the university’s #RunWithPardon campaign and their experience in Brazil.

Check for all expert video and Augusta University footage from Rio or contact Kelly Jasper to schedule an interview with one of Augusta University’s experts.

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Kelly Jasper is Digital Content Manager at Augusta University. Contact her to schedule an interview on this topic or with one of our experts at 706-721-4706 or

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