Category Archives: Human and Sport Performance Laboratory (HSPL)

Kinesiology doctoral student Greg Rhodes named to ski instructor’s national team

formal portrait image of Greg Rhodes in a dress shirt and tie, smilingSchool of Kinesiology exercise physiology doctoral student Greg Rhodes, M.Ed., has been named to the Professional Ski Instructors of America and the American Association of Snowboard Instructors (PSIA-AASI) National Team for 2016-20 in Nordic Cross Country. The PSIA-AASI Team is formed every four years following a rigorous selection process that enables PSIA-AASI to select the nation’s best instructors to represent the association at the highest level and working with ski and ride schools throughout the country, conducting clinics, and representing PSIA-AASI as the public face of the organization. Rhodes is currently a faculty lecturer with Fort Lewis College, Colorado, ski instructor at Aspen Skiing Company, and Head Coach and Owner at Endurance Athlete.

Students, faculty, & alumni represent at ACSM conference

10336684_10153332867891264_5805345408675514168_nSchool of Kinesiology students and faculty have a prominent presence at this year’s American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Conference in San Diego, California. School alumni are also co-presenters in several of the poster presentations.


  • Mitochondrial Remodeling Resulting from Muscle Contraction and Disuse: Role of PGC-1 and Sirt3 – Dr. Li Li Ji

Thematic Poster Presentations

  • Competitive Marathon Runners Exhibit Greater Running Economy than Recreation RunnersDr. Stacy Ingraham, Dr. Christopher Lundstrom & graduate assistant Morgan Betker
  • Preschool Pilot (PSP) Study: Targeting Teachers and Engaging Parents to Improve Weight-Related Outcomes for African-American Preschoolers Dr. Daheia Barr-Anderson

Poster Presentations

  • The Mitochondrial E3 Ubiquitin Protein Ligase 1 (Mul1) is Down-Regulated by PGC-1a Over-Expression in Disuse Induced Atrophied Muscle – Dr. Li Li Ji, Post-doctoral associate Chounghun Kang and graduate students Dongwook Yeo and Tiano Zhang
  • The Short-term Effect of Sit-Stand Workstations on Blood Glucose in Obese Women with Impaired Fasting Glucose Dr. Beth Lewis
  • Association Between Urban Children’s Psychosocial Beliefs and their Outside School Physical Activity Dr. Zan Gao and graduate assistants Zachary Pope and Jung Eun Lee
  • Foam Rolling Decreases Muscle Soreness but has no Effect on Running Performance  – Dr. Eric Snyder, Dr. Erik Van Iterson and graduate assistants Emma Lee and Alexander Kasak
  • Effect of Two Physical Activity Interventions on Preschool Children’s Cognitive Functions and Perceived Competence – Dr. Zan Gao and graduate assistants Zachary Pope and Jung Eun Lee
  • Youth Sport Specialization and Injury Status in Intercollegiate Sports – Dr. Stacy Ingraham and graduate assistants Zachary Rourk and Matthew Carlson
  • Associations Between Children’s Health-related Fitness and Physical Activity in Exergaming – Dr. Zan Gao and graduate assistant Zachary Pope
  • Comparison of Children’s Recess and After-school Physical Activity: Effects of School Days and Weight Status – Dr. Zan Gao and graduate assistant Zachary Pope
  • Effects of Plyometric Training on Lower-Body Muscle Function in Novice Marathon Runners – Dr. Chris Lundstrom and graduate assistant Morgan Betker
  • The Acute Effect of Exergaming on Elementary School Children’s Mood Changes – Dr. Zan Gao and graduate assistant Jung Eun Lee
  • The Effects of Glucose-Fructose Versus Glucose-Only on Stride Characteristics during Prolonged Running – Dr. Stacy Ingraham
  • Alveolar to Arterial Gas Exchange during Constant-Load Exercise in Healthy Active Men and Women – Dr. Eric Snyder
  • Effect of Spark on Physical Activity, Cardiorespiratory Endurance, and Motivation in Middle-School Students – Dr. Zan Gao
  • Intervening in Adolescents’ Knowledge and Motivation about Energy Balance – Dr. Zan Gao
  • Plyometrics & Sprint Training Versus Core Training on Power Outcomes in Novice Marathoners  – Graduate assistant Morgan Betker

Kinesiology’s marathon training class goes the distance

On Sunday, May 3, 101 students who enrolled in one of the most popular physical activity courses in the School of Kinesiology took their final test early. They ran in the Eau Claire Marathon and every one of them passed.

The course, PE 1262 Marathon Training, is in its seventh year of extraordinary success. Dr. Stacy Ingraham, Kinesiology senior lecturer and director of the Human and Sport Performance Laboratory, has taught the class since it was first offered, when 48 students signed up for a semester of hard training and lectures that Marathon 2015culminated in an annual marathon held in Eau Claire, WI. The class has attracted more students each year, and this spring 107 students signed up. “Over seven years we’ve had a total of 528 starters and 525 finishers–a 99% finish rate,” says Dr. Ingraham. This year’s unexpected temperatures in the 80s caused three students to drop out for medical reasons before finishing, the first time that’s happened in the course’s history.

“One of the goals of the class is to use the science of running as much as we can,” says Dr. Ingraham. She points to the 11 research articles that have come out of the department based on scientific information gleaned from runners’ experiences. But just as gratifying for Dr. Ingraham has been the development of a course at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire patterned after PE 1262. Instructors from the physics and kinesiology departments there consulted with her as they were developing their own marathon course. This year, 40 of their students ran in the marathon and 60 in the half-marathon.

Dr. Ingraham and Dr. Chris Lundstrom, who co-teaches the class, traditionally host a pasta dinner and banquet in Eau Claire the night before the race. This year 229 family members, friends, and runners attended. “It’s just  so inspiring to see how many have been touched by this experience,” says Dr. Ingraham.

Read Fox 9’s interview with Dr. Ingraham and her students here.





KinTeach hosts students from Minneapolis Southwest High School

The KinTeach program hosted a group of students from Minneapolis Southwest High School on Thursday, February 26. The students are enrolled in the International Baccalaureate (IB) Sports and Exercise Science course at the school; they have spent the year studying aspects of kinesiology.

During their visit to the School of Kinesiology, graduate assistants Naveen Elangovan and Jessica Hoist-Wolf, along with post-doctoral research associate Josh Aman, introduced the students to research in the Center for Clinical Movement Science (CCMS).  They also spent time in the Human and Sport Performance Lab (HSPL), where graduate assistant Morgan Betker took them through a VO2 test and explained the underwater weighing tube. Read more about testing services here.

School of Kinesiology alumnus mentioned on

WilsonP-2013 Dr. Patrick Wilson (Ph.D., 2014) was mentioned in an article on

The article, “How Much Fluid are You Consuming During a Race?” cites Dr. Wilson’s research at the University of Minnesota in reference to a triathlete’s ability to judge their fluid needs during a race. According to him, such personal judgement can be unreliable, which can lead to risks like dehydration on race day. Read more here.

During his tenure at the University of Minnesota, Dr. Wilson was advised by Dr. Stacy Ingraham, lecturer in the School of Kinesiology and director of Human and Sport Performance Laboratory (HSPL). Dr. Wilson is now a post-doctoral research associate at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, working in the Nebraska Athletic Performance Lab.

Four articles accepted for publication from HSPL

hspl-2Four articles have been accepted for publication in Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise and Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research from the Human & Sport Performance Laboratory (HSPL).

Several authors of these studies are current and former graduate students advised or co-advised by School of Kinesiology faculty Dr. Ingraham, Dr. Lewis, and Dr. Synder. Current graduate students include M.S. students Zachary Rourk, Morgan Betker, and Matt Carlson, as well as Ph.D. candidates Chris Lundstrom and Greg Rhodes. Dr. Fitzgerald is a 2013 Ph.D. graduate from the School of Kinesiology.

  • Carlson, M., Rourk, Z. & Ingraham, S. (2015). Youth Sport Specialization and Injury Status In Intercollegiate Sports. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise.
  • Fitzgerald, J.S., Ingraham, S.J., Peterson, B. J., & Rhodes, G. (in press). Association Between Vitamin D Status and Maximal-Intensity Exercise Performance in Junior and Collegiate Hockey Players. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research.
  • Betker, M.R., Lundstrom, C.J. & Ingraham, S.J. (in press). Plyometrics and Sprint Training versus Core Training on Power Outcomes in Novice Marathoners. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise.
  • Lundstrom, C.J., Betker, M.R., Rhodes, G.S. & Ingraham, S.J. (in press). Competitive Marathon Runners Exhibit Greater Running Economy than Recreational Runners. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise.

Ingraham invited to present at MNPTA workshop

IngrahamS-2011Dr. Stacy Ingraham, lecturer in the School of Kinesiology and director of Human and Sport Performance Laboratory (HSPL), has been petitioned to present an all day workshop for the Minnesota Physical Therapy Association. Entitled, “The Science of Sports Performance Collides With Today’s Athlete”, the workshop is scheduled to take place on November 21, 2015.

HSPL research to be published

IngrahamS-2011A manuscript was accepted for publication in the International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance by researchers in the Human and Sport Performance Laboratory (HSPL). Patrick Wilson (Ph.D. ’14), a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Nebraska, is the lead author on the paper, while doctoral candidate Greg Rhodes is a co-author. HSPL is directed by senior lecturer Stacy Ingraham, Ph.D., who serves as the paper’s third author.

The citation is:

Wilson, P.B., Rhodes, G., & Ingraham, S.J. (In press.) Self-report versus direct-measurement for assessment of fluid intake during a 70.3 triathlon. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance.

Ingraham cited in Australian medical publication

IngrahamS-2011Senior lecturer and director of the Human and Sport Performance Laboratory Stacy Ingraham, Ph.D., was recently cited in an Australian publication,  Sports Warm-Up, which is circulated throughout their medical community. Ingraham’s work on stretching is referred to in Paul Monaro’s article, “Tell your patients Stretching isn’t Warming-up.

HSPL projects accepted for publications

IngrahamS-2011Two manuscripts were accepted for publication by researchers in the Human and Sport Performance Laboratory (HSPL). HSPL is directed by senior lecturer Stacy Ingraham, PhD.

The citations are as follows:

Wilson, P.B., Rhodes, G., & Ingraham, S.J. (2014). Glucose-fructose likely improves gastrointestinal comfort and endurance running performance relative to glucose-only. The Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports.

Fitzgerald, J.S., Ingraham, S.J., Peterson, B. J., & Rhodes, G. (2014). Vitamin D status is associated with adiposity in male ice hockey players. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. 28(11)/3200–3205. doi: 10.1249/MSS.0000000000000433

Ingraham’s research leads to Ride-Along

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Ingraham during the ride-along

Stacy Ingraham, PhD., senior lecturer in the School of Kinesiology and director of the Human and Sports Performance Lab, recently went on a ride-along with the St. Louis Park Police Department  as part of research that  analyzes heart-rate responses of police officers and firefighters on the job.  Ingraham and her research team are collecting data from the St. Louis Police Department, the SWAT Team, the University of Minnesota Police Department and the Hopkins Fire Department. STLPPDResearch shows that over 2,000 police officers die every year from a cardiovascular event compared to 70 who die due to other causes. Research has also revealed that 50% of police officers die within 5 years of retirement and a police officer’s life expectancy is 15 years less than the average individual. Ingraham and her research team will continue to collect data to help assess risks presented while on the job and developing  a plan to minimize these risks.

Ingraham quoted in Minnesota Monthly

IngrahamS-2011Stacy Ingraham, PhD., lecturer in the School of Kinesiology, was cited in this month’s issue of Minnesota Monthly. In the article, Still Kicking, Ingraham is used as a point of reference in the debate on whether or not the physical benefits adults experience from participating in team sports outweigh the risks. 

“Age generally brings a decline in muscle mass alongside degeneration in the fibers that specialize in explosive force and a drop in overall fitness—all of which increase the risk for injuries,” said Ingraham.

Fitzgerald and HSPL members accepted for publication in ACSM journal

John Fitzgerald (Ph.D., ’13)

School of Kinesiology alumnus, John Fitzgerald, Ph.D. (’13),  recently had his doctoral work and research from the Human and Sport Performance Laboratory (HSPL) accepted for publication by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) in the  Medicine & Science in Sport & Exercise Science.

Fitzgerald’s work is titled, “Vitamin D status is Associated with Adiposity in Male Ice Hockey Players.” The co-authors on the publication are also from the HSPL:  Stacy Ingraham, Ph.D.,  Benjamin Peterson, Ph.D., Patrick Wilson, Ph.D., and doctoral candidate Greg Rhodes.  Fitzgerald graduated in 2013 and is currently and assistant professor at University of North Dakota.

Wilson accepts Postdoctoral position at the University of Nebraska

WilsonP-2013Dr. Patrick Wilson successfully defended his doctoral dissertation and has accepted a Postdoctoral Research Associate position for sport nutrition at the University of Nebraska’s Athletic Performance Laboratory in Lincoln, NE. Dr. Wilson completed his Ph.D. under the advisement of Dr. Stacy Ingraham and Dr. Eric Synder. He began his new position on June 3.

PE 1262 Marathon Training course culminates in Eau Claire Marathon

University of Minnesota’s School of Kinesiology  Marathon Training course (PE 1262) completed its 6th year on May 4 with 100 students completing the Eau Claire Marathon. Not only did all of the 100 of the University runners finished the race, but the first and second place finishers of the race were U of MN students.

Eric Glaubke, a sophomore business information systems major, finished first with a time of 2:45.06 (6:17 min per mile) and Zachery Haus, a senior political science major, finished 2nd in a time of 2:51.08. Also in the top ten finishers was James Arneson (5th) in 3:03.32 and Brock Purtell (6th) in 3:03.37. For the women, the top finishers were Jordan Ecker, 1st overall in the women’s 16-19 age division in a time of 3:47.59, Emily Ralph, 4th overall in the women’s 20-29 age division in a time of 3:33.53, Ellie Walch (12th) in 3:52.50 and Margaret Mysz (13th) in 3:53.24. Glaubke, Haus, Arenson, Purtell and Ralph all qualified for the Boston Marathon for 2015. A majority of the class finished between 4-5 hours.

The class was also featured in Eau Claire’s Leader Telegram.
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Lundstrom featured on Competitor

946175178_LF3DK-XL-463x421Chris Lundstrom, doctoral candidate in the School of Kinesiology and instructor for the PE marathon course , was featured in Competitor, a website devoted to running and related health and wellness topics.

The article, “Meet Chris Lundstrom, Running’s Jack Of All Trades,” highlighted Lundstrom’s running achievements, personal life, and his persepctive on competition. In the article Lundstrom explained  why he competes in such intense running competitions, “I’ve read Born To Run, and what I got out of it is that we are capable of amazing feats of endurance. It’s who we are as a species. In that spirit, I wanted to test my limits, to see what I could get away with.”

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School of Kinesiology to be well-represented at the American College of Sports Medicine Conference

logoA number of faculty and graduate students from the School of Kinesiology will travel to Orlando, FL., this May to display publications and presentations at the American College of Sports Medicine 2014 annual meeting.

The following publications have been accepted:

  • Tholen, J.T., Wilson, P.B., Rhodes, G., & Ingraham, S.J. (2014). Associations between pre-race diet and gi distress in competitive triathletes. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise.
  • Russell, H., Rhodes, G., Ingraham, S.J., & Wiese-Bjornstal, D. (2014). Psychological predictors of physiological changes in novice marathon runners. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise.
  • Rhodes, G.S., Wilson, P.B. & Ingraham, S.J. (2014). Pre-race dietary tendencies do not predict race performance during a half-Ironman distance triathlon. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise.
  • Wilson, P.B., Rhodes, G.S. & Ingraham, S.J. (2014). The validity of self-reported fluid intake during the run of a Half-Ironman. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. Lundstrom, C.J., Ingraham, S. J., & Rhodes, G.S. (2014).

Additionally, doctoral students Chris Lundstrom and Patrick Wilson will be presenting at the Northland American College of Sports Medicine on March 26.

  • Lundstrom, C.J., Ingraham, S. J., & Rhodes, G.S. (2014). Allometric Scaling of VO2MAX in Models of Performance for College Aged Recreational Runners. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise.
  • Wilson, P.B., Rhodes, G.S. & Ingraham, S.J. (2014). The validity of self-reported fluid intake during the run of a Half-Ironman. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise.

Patrick Wilson, Chris Lundstrom, Greg Rhodes,  and Jillian Tholen are advised by Dr. Stacy Ingraham, senior lecturer in the School Kinesiology, & Dr. Eric Synder, assistant professor in the School of Kinesiology. Hayley Russell is advised by Dr. Diane Wiese-Bjornstal, associate professor of kinesiology.

Kask shares experiences from Paralympics in Sochi

Kask Live

Jason Kask, a graduate student and teaching assistant in the School of Kinesiology, arrived in Sochi, Russia, on March 2, 2014. He is a part of the U.S. Paralympics Nordic Ski Team as a service technician in the 2014 Paralympics. Kask and another technician are responsible for preparing the athletes’ skis, a process that involves managing the fleet of test skis, finding the best wax, and understanding the structure and grid for each race.

Updates about his experiences in Sochi will appear on the School of Kinesiology’s ALL THINGS KINSIDERED blog. View his first update here. His adventures can also be found on Twitter by following @JasonKask.

Wilson publishes pair of articles

WilsonP-2013Doctoral candidate Patrick Wilson recently had an article published in both the South African Medical Journal (SAMJ) and Complementary Therapies in Medicine. The piece in  SAMJ is a commentary titled,  “A balanced approach to interpreting the WHIRCDMT,” which counters another article by Professor Tim Noakes, a well-known exercise physiologist from South Africa. The articles debate the results of the Women’s Health Initiative Randomized Controlled Dietary Modification Trial, the largest ever intervention trial to examine the effects of a low-fat diet on cancer and cardiovascular disease in women.

The second publication, published in the February issue of Complementary Therapies in Medicine, is titled, “Is dietary supplementation more common among adults with psoriasis? Results from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.” This article examined the prevalence of dietary supplement use in the general population among individuals with the auto-immune disease psoriasis.

Wilson’s advisers are Dr. Stacy Ingraham and Dr. Eric Snyder.

Kask wins 2014 Puoli Loppet 20k

Jason KaskDoctoral student Jason Kask, won the 2014 City of the Lakes Loppet Festival, Puoli Loppet – Classic 20k on February 1. Out of 168 contestants Kask led with a time of 1:10:35, averaging 5:41 per mile.

The 20-kilometer race for skiers began at Theodore Wirth Park and ended at Loppet Village near Lake Calhoun Center.