A group of students from Minneapolis Southwest and Minnetonka High School, who are part of their school's exercise science courses, came to visit two of the School of Kinesiology's research facilities on December 11. Students went to the Center for Clinical Movement Lab and the Human and Sport Performance Lab to get first-hand experiences and connect what they are learning in class with what occurs in the laboratories. Students then had the chance to take part in testing and research while asking questions and interacting with the researchers.
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Dr. Stacy Ingraham, lecturer in the School of Kinesiology, was the featured expert in a WCCO segment about the risks associated with the popular exercise methodology, CrossFit. In the piece, Ingraham describes CrossFit as a "free-for-all"—which, she warns, may not be a good thing for beginners. Ingraham's opinions begin at 1:26 in the video below.
CrossFit is an exercise program where participants engage in explosive movements that require a great deal of athleticism and movement competency. In the article, "Is CrossFit doing more harm than good? U of M experts weigh in," Ingraham explains that the program is almost "cult-like and addicting." She notes that this kind of physical activity can lead to severe injuries, especially if the participant is older.
Ingraham says there is also a danger in who is leading the program. "Just because they have defined deltoids, triceps and biceps that look appealing in a 'trainer' t-shirt, these characteristics don't always mean they have the credentials necessary to teach highly technical movement patterns under stress," she says.
Doctoral student Ben Peterson has been selected for a National Strength and Conditioning Association Foundation (NSCAF) Challenge Scholarship in the amount of $1,500.00. The Challenge Scholarship is given to NSCA Members seeking either an undergraduate or graduate degree in a strength and conditioning-related field. Ben and other 2013 NSCA Challenge Scholarship recipients will be acknowledged at the NSCA Awards Banquet on July 12, during the National Conference in Providence, R.I., and will also be included in the August NSCA Bulletin.
Three students in the School of Kinesiology have been awarded an American Kinesiology Association (AKA) Student Award for 2013. Molly Watkins, who will graduate Summa Cum Laude this spring with a B.S. in Kinesiology, was presented with an Undergraduate Scholar Award. Scott Brown, who will graduate this spring with a Ph.D.in kinesiology, with an emphasis in exercise physiology, was awarded the Graduate Scholar Award. Vicki Schull, doctoral candidate in kinesiology, sport management emphasis, received the Writing Award. The students are advised by Ms. Susan Stirling, Dr. Lisa Kihl, and Dr. Stacy Ingraham, respectively.
AKA is the national organization that promotes and enhances kinesiology as a unified field of study and advances its many applications. These awards are intended to recognize and promote academic excellence, to further the professional competence and dedication of academically accomplished graduate students, and to promote kinesiology and its related fields.
Kinesiology doctoral student Patrick Wilson has been awarded a Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship for the 2013-2014 academic year from the University of Minnesota's Graduate School. The (DDF) program gives the University's most accomplished Ph.D. candidates an opportunity to devote full-time effort to dissertation research and writing during the fellowship year. The award includes a stipend of $22,500 for the academic year.
Kinesiology doctoral student Patrick Wilson has been awarded a Hauge Fellowship for 2013-2014 from the College of Education and Human Development. The $11,500 award recognizes the academic achievement of graduate students enrolled in any department or program in CEHD. Wilson's advisers are Dr. Stacy Ingraham and Dr. Li Li Ji.
Lead author and kinesiology doctoral student Patrick Wilson, along with kinesiology doctoral student John Fitzgerald, and their advisor Stacy Ingrahm, Ph.D., lecturer in the School Kinesiology, are to publish in the International Journal of Cardiology.
The journal has an impact factor of 7.08 and is the 7th ranked cardiology journal worldwide. The article, "Relationship between serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D status and cardiorespiratory fitness: findings from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey," examined whether serum vitamin D status was predictive of cardiorespiratory fitness amongst healthy individuals in the general population.
Kinesiology doctoral students Patrick Wilson, Chris Lundstrom, and Greg Rhodes, along with their advisor, Stacy Ingraham, Ph.D., have published an article in the, International Journal of Sport Nutrition & Exercise Metabolism.
The article titled, "Dietary tendencies as Predictors of Marathon Time In Novice Marathoners," was designed to examine the effects of dietary factors such as carbohydrates on performance in novice marathon runners. They found that consuming a high amount of carbohydrates 24-36 hours before running a marathon is associated with a faster marathon time.
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.