Department of Kinesiology Edition

MSU kinesiology Ph.D. program ranks 6th in nation

MSU kinesiology Ph.D. program ranks 6th in nation

The doctoral program in kinesiology at Michigan State University ranks 6th in the nation, according to a recent report from the National Academy of Kinesiology (NAK). The NAK program review, now in its second iteration, accounts for measures of faculty contributions and student performance during the years 2005-2009. MSU’s 6th-place ranking reflects an assessment that… Read More »

Lauer promotes a “winning attitude” in Parenting magazine

Lauer promotes a “winning attitude” in Parenting magazine

In the November 2011 edition of Parenting magazine, Larry Lauer, MSU kinesiology research assistant and director of coaching education and development at the Institute for the Study of Youth Sports, shared the importance of good sportsmanship among young athletes. “Kids this age are still in the ‘all about me’ phase,” Lauer wrote. “They won’t naturally say ‘Good game’ to… Read More »

ISYS researchers develop new coach training program for iHoops

iHoops, the official youth basketball organization of the NCAA and NBA, has successfully launched the iHoops Coach Education program, thanks to a recent partnership with the National Federation of State High Schools. The program includes five interactive courses, which were developed by researchers and scientists at the Institute for the Study of Youth Sports at Michigan State University. Designed for coaches of both interscholastic-age players… Read More »

KIN senior Hanson trains for Ironman Triathlon, Paralympics

McKayla Hanson, a kinesiology senior at Michigan State University, has entered herself in the 2011 Ironman Triathlon — despite the fact that she only has one leg. Born with a rare form of bone cancer, Hanson had her right leg amputated when she was only seven years old. A traumatizing event at such a young age, Hanson said she had difficulty accepting that her leg… Read More »

Gould tells New York Times about good coaching techniques

Gould tells New York Times about good coaching techniques

In a New York Times opinion piece published on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2011, writer David Bornstein raised several questions about the emphasized values of youth sports, and the coaching methods that go along with them. While Bornstein and several surveyed parents agree that sports should focus on teamwork, honesty, discipline and fair play, they also said that the sports instead promote competitiveness and… Read More »

Son, Feltz find that wording choices affect motivation

Son, Feltz find that wording choices affect motivation

In a recent study, MSU Kinesiology doctoral student Veronica Son and department chair Deborah Feltz have found that individuals are more motivated if they are working as part of a team, as opposed to focusing solely on themselves. Specifically, the researchers saw increased performance when the word “I” was replaced with “we” in self-talk motivational statements. “I believe in the power of ‘we,’” Son said.… Read More »

Blind triathlete, KIN alumnus wins Distinguished Young Alumni award

Aaron Scheidies, a 2004 graduate of Kinesiology from the Michigan State University College of Education, is one of two recipients of the 2011 Distinguished Young Alumni Award – and it’s no wonder why. Scheidies is a physical therapist, model, public speaker and triathlete who has only 10% of the vision of a fully sighted person. Despite being born with  Stargardt disease – a condition that slowly… Read More »

Pivarnik comments on pregnant woman’s marathon run

Pivarnik comments on pregnant woman’s marathon run

This past Sunday, a 27-year-old pregnant woman named Amber Miller gave birth to her daughter merely seven hours after crossing the finish line of a marathon. A controversial topic, TIME Healthland covered the story, and consulted MSU College of Education kinesiology professor Jim Pivarnik for an expert’s viewpoint. When asked about the implications of Miller’s choices, Pivarnik said that all pregnant women should… Read More »

KIN alumna Beilock explains why people choke under pressure

Cognitive scientist Sian Beilock has devoted her career to the study of high-pressure situations, and how people – mainly students and athletes – respond to them. As a student and lacrosse player herself, Beilock was immediately drawn to the topic, and has since discovered ways to keep from choking under pressure. In one study, Beilock found that if athletes sing or… Read More »

ABC News consults KIN professor Gould about sport injury, score limits

ABC News consults KIN professor Gould about sport injury, score limits

Dan Gould, professor of kinesiology at the MSU College of Education and director of the Institute for the Study of Youth Sports, has appeared in ABC News twice this past week. In an Oct. 4 article, Gould provided insight about post-injury psychological effects, in regards to Indianapolis Colts defensive tackle Erick Foster’s recent ankle injury. Gould predicted that Foster may develop anxiety and obsession with… Read More »