The paper represents Wiese-Bjornstal’s collaborative work with student authors from the U of M, including SMPL graduate students (Kristin Wood, Andrew White) and SMPL former undergraduate student (Amanda Wambach), as well as 2016 U of M visiting Fulbright scholar Professor Victor Rubio from the University of Autonoma, Madrid.
The paper being presented is: Wiese-Bjornstal, D. M., Wood, K. N., White, A. C., Wambach, A. J., & Rubio, V. J. (accepted for 2017, July). Exploring religiosity and spirituality in coping with sport injuries. In V. J. Rubio (Chair), Coping, resilience and personal growth following a sport injury.
School of Kinesiology alumna Hayley Russell, Ph.D. (2014), is the lead author on an article just released by Sage Publications. Co-authors are Andrew White, Kinesiology Ph.D. student, and their adviser, Diane Wiese-Bjornstal, Ph.D., Kinesiology professor. Dr. Russell is currently a faculty member at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN.
The complete citation is: Russell, H. C., White, A. C., & Wiese-Bjornstal, D. M. (2017). Physical and psychological changes during marathon training and running injuries: An interdisciplinary, repeated-measures approach. SAGE research methods cases. London, UK: Sage Publications.
Diane Wiese-Bjornstal, Ph.D., professor in the School of Kinesiology, and Ph.D. alumna Hayley Russell, ’14, have published a research methods case study in SAGE Research Methods Cases. Russell is an assistant professor in the Department of Health and Exercise Science at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN. The case is titled “A Narrative Approach to Understanding Psychological Stories of Overuse Injuries Among Long-Distance Runners,” and it investigates the experiences of athletes with overuse injuries, specifically long-distance runners, by means of a narrative methodology.
School of Kinesiology Ph.D. candidate Andrew White presented his research, “An applied behavior analysis approach to reducing poor sportsmanship and injury rates in youth football,” at the 31st Annual Association for Applied Sport Psychology Conference (AASP) held Sept. 28-Oct. 1 in Phoenix, AZ. White presented and attended the conference through a travel grant award from the Council of Graduate Students (COGS). He is an advisee of Prof. Diane Wiese-Bjornstal.
The School of Kinesiology was well represented at the 2016 annual conference for the Association of Applied Sport Psychology held Sept 28-Oct 1 in Phoenix. AZ.
Ph.D. student Kristin Wood presented a talk on “Increasing Rehabilitation Adherence through Game-based Technology” and Ph.D. candidate Andrew White presented a portion of his dissertation research on reducing poor sportsmanship and injury rates in youth football. Kristin and Andrew are members of the Sports Medicine Psychology Lab and are advised by Diane Wiese-Bjornstal, Ph.D., professor of sport and exercise psychology.
Lauren Billing, Ph.D. student, presented “Understanding pre-performance routines in marathon runners: Focus groups on task-relevant thoughts” with adviser Beth Lewis, Ph.D., and Hailee Moehnke, M.S. student advised by Maureen Weiss, Ph.D.
Diane Wiese-Bjornstal, Ph.D., professor in the School of Kinesiology, will be attending the Inaugural Global Congress on Sports and Christianity in York, England, August 24 – 28. She is one of the organizers of the thematic area, Sport, Psychology, and Christianity, and will be giving a presentation entitled “Sports Medicine Psychology and Christianity.” Her talk will represent Kinesiology’s Sports Medicine Psychology Lab (SMPL) research completed in collaboration with Kinesiology students Kristin Wood (PhD) , Andrew White (PhD), and Amanda Wambach (BS), and visiting Fulbright Scholar Professor Victor Rubio of the University of Autonoma Madrid. Details about the congress can be found here.
Víctor J. Rubio, Ph.D., CCP, a School of Kinesiology Fulbright visiting scholar from the University Autonoma Madrid in Spain, participated in the seminar “Baltimore’s Community Awakening – The Role of Anchor Institutions and Grassroots Organizations in Addressing the City’s Health and Human Rights Issue,” which was organized in a partnership between IIE/CIES and the World Trade Institute of Baltimore, and sponsored by The Fulbright Program and State Department. The seminar was held in Baltimore, MD from April 19th through April 22nd, and presented an overview of difficulties that the city faces, as well as initiatives that have been put in place in order to cope with social, health economic and racial issues.
Hayley Russell, Ph.D., Kinesiology alumna (2014) and assistant professor of Kinesiology at Penn State University-Altoona, was featured in a news story for a seminar she conducted on concussions, the “invisible” injury. She spoke to student athletes during the university’s Brain Awareness Week. Dr. Russell’s emphasis was Physical Activity and Sport Science and she was advised by Diane Wiese-Bjornstal, Ph.D., professor of Kinesiology and director of the Sports Medicine Psychology Lab.
Víctor J. Rubio, Ph.D., CCP, a School of Kinesiology Fulbright visiting scholar from the University Autonoma Madrid in Spain, is giving a lecture, “Psychological Aspects Involved in Sustaining and Recovering from a Sport Injury,” on March 21 from 12-1:00pm in Burton Hall, rm 227. His talk, part of the CEHD International Speaker Series, will speak to the psychological variables related to recovery in the pre- and post-injury phases of sport injury.
Victor Rubio, Ph.D., CCP, associate professorin the Department of Biological and Health Psychology at the University Autonoma Madrid (Spain), is currently a Fulbright visiting scholar at the U of M’s School of Kinesiology, invited by sport psychologist Diane Wiese-Bjornstal, Ph.D., director of the Sports Medicine Psychology Laboratory.
Dr. Rubio’s research interests are focused on health and sport psychology. Particularly, he is keen on analyzing psychological variables that might make athletes more vulnerable to injury (e.g., stress responses, risk-taking behaviors), as well as those which can affect the rehabilitation process. He is currently involved in analyzing the role of perceived benefits and personal growth following a sport injury and how such aspects can affect recovery duration, treatment compliance, medical staff-athlete climate, and athlete well being.
Maureen Weiss, Ph.D., professor of kinesiology and editor-in-chief of Kinesiology Review, recently organized the publication of a series of multidisciplinary articles by prominent researchers in a special issue of the journal devoted to pediatric, neurological, psychological, ethical, and clinical issues surrounding the topic of concussions in sport in Kinesiology Review.
The health implications of concussions incurred by youth, high school, and collegiate athletes, as well as adult participants in recreational and competitive leagues and professional athletes, are debated almost daily in many news and social media outlets. In this issue, the authors extensively reviewed frameworks, empirical research, and evidence-based best practices related to the assessment, treatment, care, and recovery of concussed individuals as a result of sport participation.
The dissertation research of Jens Omli, Ph.D. (2008) from the School of Kinesiology, was featured in the article, “The Best Way to Cheer for Your Child,” recently published in the Wall Street Journal. Dr. Omli was advised by Prof. Diane Wiese-Bjornstal and is currently an instructor of kinesiology at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. His dissertation was titled, “Kids Speak: Children’s Preferences for Coach and Parent Behavior.”
Associate professor Diane Wiese-Bjornstal, was mentioned in a Minnesota Daily article, “Coaches’ role addressing injuries shifts with times.” The article provides a brief summary of Dr. Wiese-Bjornstal’s presentation at Friday’s 2015 Women Coaches Symposium sponsored by the Tucker Center. Dr. Wiese-Bjornstal discusses her research, describing how an athlete’s surroundings plays a role in handling injuries as well as how addressing an athlete’s injury has changed over time. She stated, “The culture of sport we have now, especially at the more elite levels, seems to overemphasize performance and underemphasize health.”
Results of Dr. Wiese-Bjornstal’s research suggest that fewer injuries happen within a positive and open team culture and when a player continues to be an active participant in the team’s culture despite being injured. Some University of Minnesota coaches are engaging in this practice and Dr. Wiese-Bjornstal is continuing to advocate for the education of coaches to monitor their injured athletes.
Playing sports and being on a team can have many positive effects on a young person’s social growth. In a recent article in the online publication Minnesota Hockey,Diane Wiese-Bjornstal, Ph.D., associate professor of sport and exercise psychology, describes six social benefits kids can experience as members of a hockey team. Sport friendship, motivation, cohesion, leadership, team identification, and free play all can help a child grow in important ways socially as well as physically, says Dr. Wiese-Bjornstal. Go here to read the complete article.
Dr. Wiese-Bjornstal was invited to attend as a member of the first women’s intercollegiate volleyball team at the college, which started in 1976. She also competed on the intercollegiate softball team.