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The Sports Medicine Psychology Lab (SMPL), one of the newest labs in the School of Kinesiology, also has a new blog, focused on current research trends and activities related to sports medicine psychology. Reed Steele, a doctoral student studying sport psychology in the School of Kinesiology, will serve as the blog's editor.

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.

Wiese-Bjornstal-2011.jpgDr. Diane Wiese-Bjornstal, associate professor of sport psychology, is giving an invited presentation at the Mayo Clinic Symposium on Concussion in Sport in Scottsdale, Arizona, on September 28. The title of her talk is "Female Athlete Concussions." This state-of-the-art, two-day symposium highlights the epidemiology of concussion in sport; the pathophysiology of concussion; sideline and outpatient clinical evaluation; standard and novel diagnostic strategies; and implementation of return-to-activity guidelines.

Diane Wiese-BjornstalSchool of Kinesiology associate professor in sport and exercise psychology and Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport Affiliated Scholar Diane Wiese-Bjornstal, was interviewed on the Jordana Green show on WCCO radio Wednesday evening September 12. The topic of discussion was concussions and female athletes.

valentini-tommy-201207.jpgTommy Valentini, a Kinesiology Ph.D. student in Sport and Exercise Psychology, has been honored with the 2012 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) Steve Wilkinson Coach of the Year Award, named for the eponymous college tennis coaching legend. In his third season as the Gustavus Adolphus College head men's tennis coach, Valentini improved the team record to 22-8 this year (9-0 in conference), with a 6th playoff title and 24th consecutive MIAC title, with the team advancing to the NCAA regional finals. In addition, Valentini coached the doubles team of Amrik Donkena and Mya Smith-Dennis (both from Minnesota) who finished 2nd in the nation at the NCAA DIII National Doubles Championships. Valentini, whose research topic is sport and moral development, is advised by Dr. Nicole M. LaVoi and co-advised by Dr. Diane Wiese-Bjornstal.

Aynsley SmithDiane Wiese-BjornstalDiane Wiese-Bjornstal, associate professor in sport and exercise psychology in the School of Kinesiology, and Kinesiology aluma Aynsely Smith, RN, PhD, sport psychology consultant and research director in the Sports Medicine Center at Mayo Clinic, will be faculty in the Mayo Clinic Symposium on Concussion in Sport, September 28-29, 2012 at the Mayo Clinic's Ashton B. Taylor Auditorium in Scottsdale, Arizona. Wiese-Bjornstal's talk, "A Vulnerable Population: Concussion in the Female Athlete Physician," will be delivered Friday the 28th, and Smith's talk, "Preventing Concussion: Education, Fair Play, and Rule Changes," will be delivered Saturday, the 29th. The state-of-the-art symposium highlights the epidemiology of concussion in sport; the pathophysiology of concussion; sideline and outpatient clinical evaluation; standard and novel diagnostic strategies; and implementation of return-to-activity guidelines. The symposium format includes platform lectures, small group workshops, panel discussions, and live two-way remote audio/video concussion evaluations using robotic teleconcussion technology with faculty comprised of renowned scientific and clinical experts in the field of concussion.

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School of Kinesiology PhD students Maya Hamilton, Emily Houghton, and Ana Bellard Freire Ribeiro were recently awarded academic fellowship awards offered through the College of Education & Human Development.

Maya Hamilton, sport and exercise psychology, has been chosen as a runner-up for the Hauge Fellowship, which is reserved for graduate students enrolled in the College of Education & Human Development. She is advised by Dr. Nicole LaVoi and Dr. Diane Wiese-Bjornstal.

Emily Houghton is the runner-up for the Seashore Graduate Fellowship, which honors student research interests based on social inquiry problems, social change, and social justice. She is in the sport sociology emphasis and is advised by Dr. Mary Jo Kane.

Ana Bellard Freire Ribeiro, advised by Dr. Juergen Konczak, has received the Beck Graduate Fellowship. The award is based on merit as well as the applicant's involvement in the intersections of teaching and research, interdisciplinary studies, and the philosophy of education that reflect Dr. Beck's research interests.

Congratulations, all!

Wiese-Bjornstal-2011.jpgLaVoiN-2010.jpgSchool of Kinesiology associate professor and Tucker Center Affiliated Scholar Diane Wiese-Bjornstal and Nicole M. LaVoi, Kinesiology lecturer and associate director of the Tucker Center, will give invited keynotes on concussions and sport parents respectively, at the first USA Hockey American Development Model Symposium for coaches of girls U10-U12, held April 12-15, 2012, in Burlington, VT. The symposium is being held in conjunction with the International Ice Hockey Federation Women's World Championships.

Kinesiology Ph.D. students Reed Steele and Hayley Russell, sport and exercise psychology, presented at the 22nd Annual Midwest Sport and Exercise Psychology Symposium at Michigan State University on February 17 and 18. Steele presented a research proposal titled " A history of life stressors and sport injury: The role of perfectionism." Steele and Russell co-presented a research proposal titled "Acute and chronic sport injury narratives among runners," a project co-authored by other Sport Medicine Psychology Laboratory members, Prof. Diane Wiese-Bjornstal, Ayanna Franklin, and Shelby Hoppis. Steele, Russell, Franklin, and Hoppis are all advisees of Prof. Wiese-Bjornstal.

Wiese-Bjornstal-2011.jpgDiane Wiese-Bjornstal, associate professor in sport and exercise psychology, co-authored a chapter in the just published Human Kinetics book, Core Concepts in Athletic Training and Therapy.

The chapter, "Psychological aspects of sport injury and rehabilitation", was created in collaboration with Laura Kenow, current School of Kinesiology doctoral student and Coordinator of the Athletic Training Education Program at Linfield College in Oregon, and Frances Flint of York University, Ontario. The chapter will be used in athletic training education programs, and covers the psychological knowledge base required for certification exams.

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