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International Sports Medicine Lecture – Dr. Kevin Sprouse


Dr. Kevin Sprouse will be on campus on Monday, April 10 to discuss practicing sports medicine across borders in professional cycling. This lecture is open to all, but should especially be of interest to cyclists as well as Kinesiology and pre-med students at UT.

The lecture will be held on campus at 7pm in Alumni Memorial Building Room 32. Parking for non-students will be available in staff lot 9 on Phillip Fulmer Way.

Lauren Schroeder, incoming Biomechanics PhD student, awarded two fellowships


Lauren Schroeder was awarded the Tennessee Fellowship for Graduate Excellence and the 2017-2018 J. Wallace & Katie Dean Fellowship. The Tennessee Fellowship for Graduate Excellence is a four-year fellowship which aims to attract the best and brightest students worldwide as the university’s premier graduate fellowship program. The J. Wallace & Katie Dean Fellowship is a one-year award for incoming graduate students who show promise for outstanding graduate work in excellent and demanding programs at the University of Tennessee.

Lauren is currently completing her Master’s degree in Kinesiology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville with a 4.0 GPA. Her thesis research is focused on understanding the influence of a raised surface on knee mechanics and muscle activation patters when running and cutting. Lauren has also been a key member of several research projects that will culminate with co-authorship on several peer-reviewed manuscripts.

Lauren will begin the Kinesiology and Sports Studies doctoral program, Biomechanics specialization, in the fall of 2017 under the supervision of Joshua Weinhandl. Her intended research focus will be on optimizing lower extremity injury prevention strategies by identifying novel modifiable contributing factors with readily available clinical interventions.

Dixie Thompson Receives Montoye Scholar Award at SEACSM

Dixie Thompson, Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School, received the 2017 Henry J. Montoye Scholar Award from the Southeast Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine (SEACSM). Thompson is the former Department Head for Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport Studies, and she holds the rank of Professor in Exercise Physiology. She received the award on February 18, 2017 at the SEACSM annual meeting in Greenville, SC. At this event, Thompson delivered the Montoye Scholar Lecture, which she titled The Evolution of a Career: Lessons Learned. In her lecture, she reflected on how lessons she learned as a scientist helped prepare her for the role as an academic administrator.

The Montoye Scholar Award is named for Henry J. Montoye, an exercise scientist who had a significant impact on the development of exercise science as a scientific discipline. During the 1970s, Montoye was a faculty member at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and was one of the founding members of SEACSM. This award is given out annually to recognize a member of SEACSM whose career has yielded significant contributions to the body of knowledge in exercise science and sports medicine.

Additional details can be found here.

SPMB Doctoral Students Help Local Football Team

Sport Psychology and Motor Behavior (SPMB) doctoral students Earlynn Lauer and Teri Shigeno were recently featured in the Knoxville News Sentinel for helping the South Doyle High School football team with the mental aspect of the game. The team finished last season with a record of 0-10, and their record this year currently stands at 7-5.

Lauer and Shigeno, both in their third and final year of the SPMB program, have been meeting with the team three to four times a week this season. The UT students have helped the team overcome the memories of a poor season one year ago, and train the players to handle their emotions and focus on the moment. South Doyle Head Coach Clark Duncan, along with his players, are confident that the assistance offered by Lauer and Shigeno have led to the success the team has had on the field.

Read the full story here.


Fitzhugh chosen as 2016-2017 Center for Transportation Research faculty fellow


Associate Professor Eugene Fitzhugh was chosen as a 2016-2017 Center for Transportation Research faculty fellow! He is one of five UT faculty selected to participate in this program, which was “established in 2014 to foster a community of researchers and educators at UTK who are committed to improving all aspects of transportation. With this fellowship, CTR recognizes both up-and-coming and established faculty who play leading roles in transportation education and research.”  

Fitzhugh has partnered with Jerry Everett, CTR Director of Research, in writing Safe Routes to School curriculum materials and with Chris Cherry, Associate Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, on a research study of electric pedal-assist bikes.

KRSS Students in Rio Olympics

The Department of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport Studies will be represented well in this summer’s Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Molly Hannis, a recent graduate of the Sport Management program, and Kira Toussaint, Kinesiology undergraduate student, hope to make a splash as they represent their respective countries in the pool. Hannis finished second at the U.S. Olympic Trials in the 200-meter breaststroke to punch her ticket to the games. Toussaint will represent her home country of the Netherlands in the 100-meter backstroke.

Track and field events will showcase two Volunteers competing for the U.S. who are current students in Sport Management. Christian Coleman, currently a sophomore, will go for gold as a member of the men’s 4×100-meters relay team. Graduate student Tavis Bailey will also attempt to earn a medal in discus at the games.

Read more about these athletes and others who will represent UT at the Olympics this summer, including a schedule of their events.

The Limits of Athletes; What Makes Them Great?

USA cyclist Taylor Phinney tests the limits of his ability every time he competes in an event.  As one of the top athletes in the world, Phinney followed in the footsteps of his parents which are both Olympic medalists. But is that the only reason he has been successful?David Bassett

With this great athletic ability comes questions; questions that David Bassett and Scott Conger are trying to answer.  Is it genetics?  Is it starting training at an early age? How can someone run faster and farther than the average person?

Enjoy this article, The Science of Olympians, from David Bassett, professor and head of our Department of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sports Studies in the University of Tennessee College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences, and Scott Conger, assistant professor in The Department of Kinesiology at Boise State University, as they explore athletes, their abilities, and what makes it happen.

Kinesiology Student Defies Death to Finish Degree


Makayla Claussen received her bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology on May 14, 2016 after overcoming stage four cancer as well as a rare and life-threatening autoimmune disease that almost took her life.  A stem cell transplant was needed to save her life, and the only potential donor lived 4,000 miles away in Emden, Germany.

Read the full story about Makayla’s courageous battle and the day she graduated from UT and met the woman who saved her life.

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