Category Archives: Sports Medicine Psychology Lab (SMPL)

Kinesiology master’s student Joey Kronzer presents at AASP conference through COGS Travel Grant award

Joey KronzerJoey Kronzer, a School of Kinesiology second year master’s student in the Sports Medicine Psychology Lab, presented his research, “Using E-Prime 2.0 to develop sport-specific video analysis training protocols,” at the 32nd Annual Association for Applied Sport Psychology Conference (AASP) held Oct. 18–Oct. 21 in Orlando, FL. Kronzer presented and attended at the conference through a travel grant award from the Council of Graduate Students (COGS).

Kronzer is an advisee of Diane Wiese-Bjornstal, Ph.D.

 

Kinesiology graduate students  Kronzer, Wood, and White to present at AASP Conference

Current School of Kinesiology and Sports Medicine Psychology Laboratory graduate students Joey Kronzer (M.S.), Kristin Wood (Ph.D.), and Andrew White (Ph.D.) will be presenting their research at the upcoming Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) annual conference in Orlando, Fl, on October 18th–21st.

  • Kronzer will be giving a 15-minute talk titled “Using E-Prime 2.0 to Develop Sport-Specific Video Analysis Training Protocols.
  • Wood will be presenting a paper titled “Analyzing the Effectiveness of an Injury Education Program in Increasing Novice Marathoners’ Self-Efficacy in Adopting Proper Injury Management Strategies.
  • White will be presenting a paper titled “Breadth or depth? Evaluating psychological, performance, and injury outcomes following multidimensional or focused mental skills training in marathoners.

All three students are advised by Diane Wiese-Bjornstal, Ph.D., professor in the School of Kinesiology and director of the Sports Medicine Psychology Lab.

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Kinesiology alum Mackenzie Havey will read from her new book, Mindful Running, at U of M Bookstores October 17

School of Kinesiology alumna Mackenzie Lobby Havey, M.A., will read her recently published book, Mindful Running: How Meditative Running Can Improve Performance and Make You a Happier, More Fulfilled Person, at the U of M Bookstore in Coffman Memorial Union on the Minneapolis campus on Tuesday, October 17, at 4 p.m.

In her book, Havey, who is a runner, coach, and fitness journalist, describes her personal experience with meditative running and the influence it has had on her life.

“I discovered that when I integrated the principles of mindfulness into my daily running practice, it boosted my joy in the process of training, as well as my performance, and I wanted to share that in this book,” she says. “As I began to deconstruct my own mindful running routine and talk to Olympians, paralympians, and researchers in the fields of contemplative neuroscience and sports psychology, I found that I wasn’t the only one who had experienced significant benefit from combining mindfulness with physical training. Mindful Running is all about learning to run the mile you are in and train smarter, not harder–to find new ways to relate to your body, mind, and environment to deal with things like discomfort, fatigue, and negative thinking with intentionality and ease. My hope is that some of the lessons learned on the run will find their way into other parts of your life as well.”

Havey graduated with her master’s degree in 2009 in the Sport and Exercise Psychology emphasis area and was advised by Prof. Diane Wiese-Bjornstal. She is currently teaching a Beginning Running class in the School’s Physical Activity Program.

Wiese-Bjornstal, LaVoi, to present at Mayo Clinic Ice Hockey Concussion Summit

Diane Wiese-Bjornstal, Ph.D.School of Kinesiology professor and director of the Sports Medicine Psychology Lab (SMPL), will be giving an invited lecture at the Mayo Clinic Ice Hockey Summit III: Action on Concussion in Rochester, MN, on September 28-29. Her presentation, which will focus on psychological and social influences on concussion risks in ice hockey, is titled “Which ice hockey players are at greatest concussion risks and why?”

Nicole LaVoi, Ph.D., Kinesiology lecturer and co-director of the Tucker Center, will also be giving a presentation. She will speak on “Incorporating the ‘Summit III Action Plan’ into Policy and Social Media.”

The conference as a whole will address advances in concussion diagnosis, treatment and prevention with an emphasis on prioritized action items to improve safety in the sport of ice hockey, and is targeted to health care providers in a number of specialty areas. Aynsley Smith, R.N., Ph.D., one of the two Summit course directors, is an alumna of the School (Ph.D., 1995). More information about the summit is available here.

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Wiese-Bjornstal shares research in video interview with Halmstad University, Sweden

Diane Wiese-Bjornstal, Ph.D., professor and director of the Sports Medicine Psychology Lab (SMPL) in the School of Kinesiology, attended and presented at the International Society of Sport Psychology (ISSP) 14th World Congress Sevilla 2017, held July 10-14 in Seville, Spain. While attending the conference, Dr. Wiese-Bjornstal was interviewed by Sweden’s Halmstad University for a series of research chats.

In the interview, Wiese-Bjornstal discusses her SMPL research on religiosity and spirituality in coping with sport injuries.

Wiese-Bjornstal presenting at ISSP 14th World Congress in Seville, Spain

Diane Wiese-Bjornstal, Ph.D., professor and director of the Sports Medicine Psychology Lab (SMPL) in the School of Kinesiology, will present a paper July 13 at the International Society of Sport Psychology (ISSP) 14th World Congress Sevilla 2017, held July 10-14 in Seville, Spain.

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.

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.”