Department of Kinesiology Edition

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 »

KIN alumnus Tass named new Novi boys’ basketball coach

Brian Tass, a 2001 kinesiology graduate from the MSU College of Education, has recently been selected as the new varsity head coach of the Novi High School boys’ basketball team. With six years of success as head coach at Waterford Kettering High School, Tass says he hopes to keep the Novi program running strong. “I think Novi basketball will look… Read More »

MSU researchers use $3.6M grant to promote fitness among female youth

MSU researchers use $3.6M grant to promote fitness among female youth

Researchers at Michigan State University have recently been awarded a $3.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to expand a pilot program that promotes fitness among middle school girls. The five-year program, called “Girls on the Move,” is lead by Lorraine Robbins of the MSU College of Nursing. Robbins is assisted by a team of MSU collaborative researchers, including Karin Pfeiffer, assistant professor of… Read More »

Long-time Kinesiology department chair Feltz to step down, return to faculty

Long-time Kinesiology department chair Feltz to step down, return to faculty

After 23 years of diligence and leadership as department chair of Kinesiology at the Michigan State University College of Education, Deborah Feltz has recently announced that she will step down from her position in August, and return to the college’s faculty. Feltz says she has considered leaving her post for the past year, and thinks about the decision in terms of her life goals. During her… Read More »

Washington Post features professors Pivarnik, Schmidt

Washington Post features professors Pivarnik, Schmidt

This past week, the Washington Post has highlighted two professors within the Michigan State University College of Education: Jim Pivarnik, professor of kinesiology and William Schmidt, university distinguished professor of Counseling, Educational Psychology & Special Education (CEPSE). Pivarnik and doctoral student Erin Kuffel’s new research about resistence training for pregnant women has already captured the attention of several news sources, including CNBC and abc12. Last Tuesday’s Washington… Read More »

Kinesiology senior Heyboer sets new women’s soccer record

Michigan State University kinesiology senior Laura Heyboer scored her 40th goal for the MSU women’s soccer team on Friday, Aug. 19, 2011, making her the top goal scorer in the history of the team. Heyboer’s record-setting goal occurred during the second half of the team’s recent game against UW-Milwaukee. The previous record-holder was Michelle Wise, who set the record at 39 goals in 1989. During her time… Read More »