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Manning J. Sabatier, PhD, CSCS, joined the Emory DPT staff in August, 2012, as an assistant professor. He has established an Exercise and Neuroscience Lab in which he is researching injury and its effect on the ability to activate skeletal muscles. (For more on Sabatier’s research, see the Research section in this newsletter.)
Sabatier came to Emory from Clayton State University, where he was a faculty member in Health and Fitness Management. However he was no stranger to Emory. After completing a PhD in exercise physiology at the University of Georgia, Sabatier was a FIRST (Fellowships in Research and Science Teaching) postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Cell Biology at Emory until 2007. He was drawn back to Emory by the opportunity to have a larger research focus in his faculty position, he says.
Sabatier, however, wasn’t always sure he was going to go down the research path. Immediately after earning his BS in kinesiology from University of Louisiana, he earned his CSCS – Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. “This certification is for people who are going to work with team sports to maximize fitness and performance,” says Sabatier. “It was a complement to my undergrad degree and at that point I thought I might want to go in that direction – working with sports teams.”
While working toward his master’s in kinesiology at Louisiana State University Sabatier discovered his penchant for research. Since, he’s gone on to be published in many professional journals, including the Journal of Neurophysiology (“Chondroitinase ABC treatment improves functional recovery after peripheral nerve injury in rats”), the Journal of Experimental Biology (“Effect of slope and sciatic nerve injury on ankle muscle recruitment and hindlimb kinematics during walking in the rat”), Experimental Neurology (“Treadmill training promotes axon regeneration in injured peripheral nerves”) and American Journal of Hypertension (“Leptin, blood pressure, and aerobic capacity in women”).
Though a research focus led Sabatier away from working directly with athletes, he remains an avid runner and exercise enthusiast. He runs in local 5Ks and the annual Tough Mudder – a half-marathon/obstacle course. He also does weight workouts at Emory’s George W. Woodruff P.E. Center.
Sabatier lives with his wife, a statistician at the CDC, and their 11-year-old son in a 100-year-old home in Chandler Park. He’s picked up a new hobby – carpentry – out of necessity. “We knew when we bought this house it was going to be a lot of work, but we looked at it as a fun challenge,” he says. “We’ve done quite a bit of work on it so far, and nothing has fallen down yet, so I think that’s a good sign.”