Department of Kinesiology

School of Health and Human Sciences

Mindy Smith: Selected By Editors Of The American College of Sports Medicine as Top Pick!

Student Athletes Taking A Pilates Class with Melinda SmithCongratulations to Mindy Smith, whose article, “Moving into an active future: Supporting lifetime physical activity for student-athletes” was selected by ACSM Journal Editors as a “Top Pick.”  Mindy is currently conducting research in conjunction with EdD in KIN faculty members, Dr. Diane Gill, and Dr. Erin Reifsteck, was also recently featured in NCAA Champion Magazine for her work with Moving On!.

Mindy’s article addresses the transition of college student-athletes (SA’s) to college graduates. Here is an excerpt from the article: “Former student-athletes face unique challenges in transitioning to lifestyle physical activity, including loss of extrinsic motivators, disbanding of teams, and limited exposure to activities beyond their sport. With an emphasis on enhancing Head Shot of Melinda Smithphysical activity competence, autonomy, and relatedness, health and fitness professionals can support student-athletes in their transition to a physically active lifestyle beyond college. Suggested strategies include offering transitional programs for student athletes during their final year, fostering community connections, and exposing former student-athletes to varied lifetime activities within supportive group classes.” 

To read the whole article click here.  Way to go, Mindy!