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Nicole M. LaVoiThe Clarion Ledger (Gannett) has published an article, "Sexual abuse and sports: So much shame, so much blame," that quotes Dr. Nicole M. LaVoi, associate director for the Tucker Center and faculty in the School of Kinesiology. LaVoi comments on the sometimes problematic power differential between an athlete and her coach.

School of Kinesiology faculty Drs. Diane Wiese-Bjornstal, Nicole M. LaVoi, and Jennifer Bhalla, along with several of their graduate students, will be attending the North Central Sport Psychology Conference at Minnesota State University - Mankato this February 22 and 23. Wiese-Bjornstal will give the opening keynote—"Sports Medicine Psychology: Encompassing Multidisciplinary Theory, Research, and Practice"—and LaVoi will give the closing keynote, "Barriers and Supports for Female Coaches: An Ecological Approach." Bhalla will lead a round-table lunch discussion with Mankato colleague Dr. Cindra Kamphoff on " Lessons Learned Consulting with Groups and Athletes."

Nicole M. LaVoiIn a web article and video, WCCO News has interviewed Dr. Nicole M. LaVoi, associate director for the Tucker Center and faculty in the School of Kinesiology, on a recent incident in which a high school hockey goalie purposely scored on his own team and then left the ice. LaVoi looks at this as a teachable moment that should not be lost to coaches, parents and young athletes.

kane-125x150.jpgLaVoi-Nicole-2010.jpg Dr. Mary Jo Kane and Dr. Nicole LaVoi, along with co-author Dr. Janet Fink from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, have an article in press in the research journal Communication and Sport. The article, "Exploring elite female athletes' interpretations of sport media images: A window into the construction of social identity and 'selling sex' in women's sports," brings together powerful theoretical frameworks and methodological tactics in an effective and precise analysis. The study on which the article is based is touted by the journal editor as "a landmark study at the nexus of media and sport research." Communication and Sport is a peer-reviewed journal aimed at scholars and educators in mass communication, journalism, and sport media. The article is now published in Sage Journals' OnlineFirst Web site.

LaVoi-Nicole-2010.jpg Dr. Nicole LaVoi, associate director of the Tucker Center for Research on Girls and Women in Sport, contributes to The Society Pages Roundtable discussion, "Concussions and Consequences." To read the full discussion click here.

nelson-toben-2010.jpg Toben Nelson, professor in the School of Public Health and Tucker Center Affiliated Scholar has co-authored a new paper entitled "Exploring Parent Perceptions of the Food Environment in Youth Sport" in the July/August issue of the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. The new study on which the paper is based highlights how parents, coaches and youth sport organizations can promote healthful eating. Youth sport nutrition guidelines and other resources from Dr. Nelson's ongoing research can be found at

cooky-cheryl-2012.jpgNicole M. Lavoi, UMN and Tucker CenterNicole M. LaVoi, Ph.D., lecturer in the School of Kinesiology and and associate director of the Tucker Center, and Tucker Center Affiliated Scholar Cheryl Cooky have published a feature article, "Playing But Losing: Women's Sports After Title IX," in the American Sociological Association's (ASA) Contexts quarterly journal. Cooky and LaVoi explore how major inequities remain, especially in terms of media attention, distribution of institutional resources and opportunities to coach and lead in the world of sport.

StovitzS-2011.pngSteven Stovitz, graduate faculty in the School of Kinesiology and a Tucker Center affliated scholar, joined with other Minnesota researchers to set up special workstations at a Minneapolis business to assess the health benefits of standing rather than sitting at a desk. Stovitz, a Family Medicine and Community Health associate professor and one of the lead investigators on the study, heads a team that will measure how standing affects muscle tone, blood pressure and an employee's sense of well-being. More ... Minnesota Public Radio, Rochester Post-Bulletin

LaVoiN-2010.jpgDr. Nicole LaVoi, Kinesiology lecturer and associate director of the Tucker Center has been invited to write commentary for Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) on gender equity in sport. Her comments expand from recent stories on injuries suffered by two Minnesota high school hockey players. Read her column here:

Dr. Nicole LaVoi, Tucker Center Associate Director, and colleague Jens Omli, assistant professor at Texas Tech University, have published "Emotional Experiences of Youth Sport Parents I: Anger" in the Journal of Applied Sport Psychology (2012; 24:1, 10-25). The study behind the article attempts to discern sources of anger in inappropriate sideline behavior from the perspective of parents.

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