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The Human and Sport Performance Lab (HSPL) in the School of Kinesiology has given researchers the opportunity to understand movement and development in respect to exercise. The lab is open to the public and currently includes participation from some extraordinary athletes, including Jessie Diggins (Nordic Skier) and Steven Hartman (speed skating).

Diggins, a native of Afton, Minn., has dreamt of being part of the United States Olympic team her whole life. Her inspiring story was described in a recent Star Tribune article, "For Olympic-hopeful skier Diggins, it's about the journey."

Hartman, a senior at Cretin-Derham High school in Roseville, Minn., is making a name in speed skating. He plans to participate in the 2018 Olympic Games and was also featured in the Star Tribune this month, in a piece titled, "Falcon Heights skater Steven Hartman loves the thrill of ice and speed." Dr. Stacy Ingraham, lecturer in the School Kinesiology and director of HSPL, is mentioned in this article, praising Hartman for his skill and work ethic.

Diggins and Hatman aren't the only competitive and exceptional athletes that come to the School of Kinesiology's labs; other members of the Olympic speed skating team have been tested at HSPL. More information about the Human Sport and Performance Laboratory can be found here, including information about performance testing and consultation services.

Several graduate students from the Human and Sport Performance Lab (HSPL) have had research accepted and will present at the upcoming American College of Sports Medicine Conference held in Indianapolis this May. Presenters Scott Brown, John Fitzgerald, Sam Johnson, Chris Lundstrom, Benjamin Peterson, Greg Rhodes, Eric Statt, and Patrick Wilson are all advised by Dr. Stacy Ingraham, lecturer in the School Kinesiology and director of HSPL.

IngrahamS-2011.jpgDr. Stacy Ingraham, lecturer in the School Kinesiology, provides winter options for warm weather athletes in an article in the Star Tribune. In the piece, "Winter ice breakers for fans of summer sports," Ingraham suggests that warm weather athletes like golfers select indoor activities that target the key muscle groups associated with their sport. For example, golfers can spend time in the weight room, strengthening their backs.

Ingraham also warns summer sport participants that they may need to lower their expectations in the winter months since motivation is affected by the lack of daylight. She suggests winter workouts can help create a baseline for future goals. "At least you have a starting point when spring comes," she said.

joelmaturi.jpgThe School of Kinesiology hosted 50 students from Minneapolis Southwest High School on Wednesday, December 12. The visiting students are part of the Sports, Exercise, and Health Science International Baccalaureate course at Southwest. The visit to the School of Kinesiology's labs and facilities provides these students with hands-on experience in world-class research labs—and allows them to see how their curriculum's content is utilized to benefit society and how research is put to action. The students visited the Human and Sport Performance Lab and the Human Sensorimotor Control Lab. They also toured TCF Bank Stadium with former Gopher Athletic Director and current adjunct instructor in the School of Kinesiology, Joel Maturi.

GregRhodes.jpgGreg Rhodes, PhD student in Kinesiology, is featured on the CEHD home page, in the article, "The Science of Endurance," written by Kinesiology's communications specialist, Molly Augustin. The story details Rhodes' discovery of his passion and interest in the science of exercise at an early age, when he first visited the Laboratory of Physiological Hygiene and Exercise Science as a high school student. In addition to studying for his doctorate and working as a graduate assistant, Rhodes engages in a demanding training regimen that took him to Madison, WI last summer to compete in his third Ironman, where he finished 69th out of a field of 2800 participants.

Rhodes is advised by Dr. Stacy Ingraham and Dr. Arthur Leon.

In preparation for the New York City Marathon on Nov. 4, The New York Times featured the research of three doctoral students, Patrick Wilson (PI), Greg Rhodes, Chris Lundstrom, and their advisor Stacy Ingraham, Ph.D., in a piece titled "How to Carbo-Load for a Marathon."

lundstrom.jpgThis past weekend, Chris Lundstrom, kinesiology Ph.D. student and instructor in the Physical Activity Program, won the Twin Cities 10K (6.2 miles) with a time of 32:14 (5:11 min/mile). The TC 10K kicks off the events of the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon Weekend.

An advisee of Dr. Stacy Ingraham and Dr. Arthur Leon, Lundstrom fittingly teaches PE 1262: Marathon Training each Spring.

Kinesiology doctoral students Patrick Wilson, Chris Lundstrom, and Greg Rhodes, along with their advisor, Stacy Ingraham, Ph.D., will be published in an upcoming issue of the International Journal of Sport Nutrition & Exercise Metabolism. The title of their accepted article is "Dietary Tendencies as Predictors of Marathon Time in Novice Marathoners," and is based on research conducted as part of PE 1262 (Marathon Training). The course, offered each Spring, mentally and physically prepares students for running a marathon by the end of the semester.

GregRhodes.jpgGreg Rhodes, Kinesiology Ph.D student in exercise physiology, competed against 2,900 other tireless athletes in the Madison, WI Ironman this past Sunday. Placing 69th overall, Rhodes swam 2.4 miles in 0:53.01, biked 112 miles in 5:15.55, and completed the 26.2 mile marathon in 3:53.1. His final time was 10:14.15, earning him 11th place in his age division.

Rhodes is advised by Dr. Stacy Ingraham, Kinesiology lecturer in exercise science.

On behalf of the School of Kinesiology, Congratulations!

The spring 2012 course offering, PE 1262 Marathon Class, enrolled 87 students, each with the goal of completing the Eau Claire Marathon in Wisconsin. Every student who started the May 3 race finished. The group has released a YouTube slide show of their race experience.

One Marathon student was working on an important project last spring, but found time to compete in the race. That student was Prof. Roger Rusack, a U of M physicist who has worked for the last two decades on the search for the Higgs boson particle (nicknamed the "God particle"), whose potential discovery was announced in July. Dr. Rusack appears in several of the slides.

PE 1262 was taught by graduate assistant Christopher Lundstrom and Dr. Stacy Ingraham, lecturer in exercise physiology.

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