Category Archives: Sports Medicine Psychology Lab (SMPL)

Russell, White, and Wiese-Bjornstal publish study in Sage Publications

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.

Wiese-Bjornstal will present at Florida State University’s SPEAR conference

Wiese-BjornstalD-2015On February 9, Diane Wiese-Bjornstal, Ph.D., professor in the School of Kinesiology and director of the Sports Medicine Psychology Lab,  will be the keynote speaker at  Florida State University’s Sport Professionals’ Experience and Research (SPEAR) conference hosted by the student-led graduate organization, Sport Psychology Organization & Research Team (SPORT). Dr. Wiese-Bjornstal will be giving two invited lectures about evidence-based research and evidence-based practice in sports medicine psychology.

Wiese-Bjornstal, alumna Russell, publish in SAGE Research Methods

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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.

Read the full study here.

 

Andrew White presents at AASP conference, awarded COGS Travel Grant

whiteandrew-2016School 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.

Kinesiology students present research at Association of Applied Sport Psychology annual conference

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.

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Wiese-Bjornstal will present at Inaugural Global Congress on Sports and Christianity in York, England

Wiese-BjornstalD-2015Diane 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.

Visiting scholar Dr. Victor Rubio attends “Baltimore’s Community Awakening” seminar in Maryland

Victor-Rubio-2016Víctor 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.

Kinesiology participates at 2016 Athletic & Educational Equity conference

image of logos from 2016 Conference on the Intersection of Athletic & Educational Equity (AE)Several School of Kinesiology faculty—Lisa Kihl, Ph.D., Chelsey Thul, Ph.D., Daheia Barr-Anderson, Ph.D., and Yuhei Inoue, Ph.D.—and a doctoral student—Andrew White, sport psychology—will be presenting at the 2016 Conference on the Intersection of Athletic & Educational Equity (AE) on Thursday, April 21 at the University of Minnesota’s Recreation and Wellness Center. The conference is sponsored by the Alliance for Athletics and Academic Access.

The conference agenda and brochure are available: agenda | brochure

Kinesiology alum Hayley Russell leads concussion seminar at Penn State Altoona

Hayley Russell.2Hayley 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.

 

Visiting scholar Dr. Victor J. Rubio gives lecture on sport injury psychology

Victor-Rubio-2016Víctor 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.

Wiese-Bjornstal welcomes visiting scholar from Spain

Victor-2016Victor Rubio, Ph.D., CCP, associate professor in 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.

KIN Ph.D. student awarded grant to study strategies aimed at reducing injury rate in youth football

WhiteA-2016Andrew White, Kinesiology doctoral student, was recently awarded with a research grant through the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP). The funds will be used on a project aimed at reducing injury rates in youth football.

White is advised by Diane Wiese-Bjornstal, Ph.D., professor in the School of Kinesiology and director of the Sports Medicine Psychology Lab.

Weiss, Wiese-Bjornstal contribute to special issue on concussion management in sport in “Kinesiology Review”

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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. 

Diane Wiese-Bjornstal, Ph.D., professor of kinesiology and director of the Sports Medicine Psychology Laboratory, was lead author of an article, “Psychology of Sport Concussions,” in the special issue.

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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 reference for this issue is Kinesiology Review, Volume 4, Number 2, May 2015.  Kinesiology Review is the official journal of the National Academy of Kinesiology and the American Kinesiology Association. Continue reading

Dr. Jens Omli, Kinesiology alum, has study featured in Wall Street Journal article

JensThe 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.”


Wiese-Bjornstal discusses how coaches’ approach to injuries is shifting

fAssociate 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.

Wiese-Bjornstal discusses social benefits of team sports in Minnesota Hockey

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 honored at Celebration of 50 years of Women’s Athletics

Diane Wiese-Bjornstal, Ph.D., School of Kinesiology associate professor in sport psychology, attended the Celebration of 50 years of Women’s Athletics at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. The event took place Saturday, February 14 and honored members of the inaugural women’s varsity sports teams at Luther College.

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.

Wiese-Bjornstal delivers invited lecture at international seminar in Spain

Bjornstal-2011Diane Wiese-Bjornstal, Ph.D., associate professor of kinesiology and director of the Sports Medicine Psychology Lab, delivered an invited lecture, “The integrated model of psychological response to sport injury,” at the International Seminar on Psychological Factors Involved in Sport Injuries. The seminar was hosted by the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid on November 19-21, 2014.

Wiese-Bjornstal guest speaker at St. Olaf College

Bjornstal-2011Diane Wiese-Bjornstal, Ph.D., associate professor of kinesiology and director of the Sports Medicine Psychology Lab, spoke with the Psychology Club at St. Olaf College on Thursday, October 23 about the field of sport and exercise psychology and career and educational opportunities within the field.

Wiese-Bjornstal published in Spanish sport psychology journal

Bjornstal-2011Diane Wiese-Bjornstal, Ph.D., associate professor of kinesiology and director of the Sports Medicine Psychology Lab, was published in the July 2014 issue of Revista de Psicología del Deporte (Journal of Sport Psychology, Barcelona, Spain). The article is titled, ‘Reflections on a Quarter-Century of Research in Sports Medicine Psychology.’

Wiese-Bjornstal discusses defining a new field of sports medicine psychology, testing the integrated model of psychological response to the sport injury, and rehabilitation process based, and suggestions for further evaluation of the model for advancing the field in the paper.