Department of Kinesiology

School of Health and Human Sciences

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Congrats to Barrett Davis, UNCG Kinesiology alum! On Thursday, October 5, Barrett was selected for his “dream job”, Randolph County Schools Adapted P.E. Teacher!

Barrett says he is “Randolph County born and bred”. He is dually certified in kinesiology and special education. Out of college, Barrett served as a teacher assistant in a special education class in Randolph County for 2 years. Most recently, he has been an inclusion teacher in Randolph County Schools.

***Congrats to Barrett Davis, North Carolina’s newest Adapted P.E. Teacher!***

Dr. Chris Rhea and Dr. Donna Duffy were invited to give two presentations at the Pink Concussion Summit. The Summit was hosted by the International Paediatric Brain Injury Society (IPBIS) and the International Brain Injury Association (IBIA) in Rome, Italy, from 20-23 September, 2017. The first presentation provided an update on the continued research of the Behavior and Recovery After head Impact and Neurotrauma (BRAIN): The Female BRAIN Project. The Female BRAIN project is in its fourth year of data collection focused on the neuromotor and neurocognitive performance and changes experienced by post-collegiate aged recreational female athletes who play collision sports.

The second presentation, the True Baseline Project (TBI), provided an overview of an upcoming project under the umbrella of the Female BRAIN project. The TBI project is a longitudinal tracking study initially focused on preschool aged girls with the intent of tracking their neuromotor and neurocognitive performance and changes experienced over time on one of two tracks: (1) those who participate in sport and (2) those who do not participate in sport.

Emily Morris and Chanel LoJacono presented at the HHS 2017 Donor Celebration on Sept 28, 2017. Emily presented on Dance Medicine: The connection between Dance and Kinesiology. Chanel presented on Using Art to Study Kinesiology. Way to go!

Emily: I presented my work as the graduate assistant for dance medicine and how that has impacted both the department of dance and department of Kinesiology. I explained the common injuries that I see, how I build programs for dancers to help prevent further injuries, and best ways to treat and maintain a health life within dance.

Chanel: Art interpretation is a qualitative experience that varies with each observer. Making assessments about the fluidity, curvature, and angles within each art piece translates to how we clinically observe human movement and assess for injury or illness.

Photo of Craig Parkes with fellow cohort member
Craig Parkes with fellow EdD physical education students Teri Schlosser, Jeff Akers, and Dave Jones.

Congratulations to our very own Craig Parkes who presented at #PhysEdSummit 2017, a free online conference put on by Health and PE professionals.  In attendance, Judy LoBianco, president-elect of SHAPE America.  Craig presented on Occupational Socialization of Physical Educators, his current dissertation topic.  During the online summit Judy even provided words of encouragement to all PE professionals.

“For those PE teachers listening to this session and in a situation where you are in an environment where you feel defeated….do not give up… are not a statistic, you are a champion. Focus on your kids and the kids in those teacher’s classes that are not doing the right thing. Fight for them. Have the courage.”

To access the full presentation and online discussion please click on the following link

Dr. Catherine Ennis, longtime faculty and researcher within the Department of Kinesiology, has just been posthumously awards the Distinguished Teaching Aware in STEM Education. Dr.  Ennis was faculty from 2008-2017 where her research focused on physical education in urban school settings, determining what curriculum is most effective in enhancing student learning. Dr. Ennis passed away in Spring 2017 leaving behind a legacy of teaching, research, and mentoring excellence. You are invited to read the full citation below.

“On behalf of the selection committee for the Distinguished Teaching Award in STEM Education, which is presented by the North Carolina Association for Biomedical Research each year at its statewide Bridging the Gap: Uniting North Carolina K-16 STEM Education conference, I am writing to let you know that Dr. Catherine Ennis was selected by her peers to posthumously receive this award at the 2017 Bridging the Gap conference next month in Raleigh. Dr. Ennis was nominated by her colleagues within the network of NIH Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) recipients. The committee unanimously selected Dr. Ennis as this year’s award recipient due to her past involvement in the Bridging the Gap conference, her scholarly achievements and her overall contributions to STEM education.

We would like to formally recognize and honor Dr. Ennis at this year’s conference on Wednesday, October 25, 2017, at 12:25 pm in Raleigh at the McKimmon Conference and Training Center on the campus of North Carolina State University. We invite you to attend the conference on her behalf and accept a physical award and a check for $500, payable to the UNCG Catherine D.. Ennis Undergraduate Scholarship Fund.”

Ph.D. students Yuki Sugimoto and Brittany Holland presented at the International Ankle Symposium on September 15, 2017. For more information, check out the symposium here:


Yuki’s Information: The title of the presentation was “Smartphone Technology for Assessing Thigh Motion Deficits in Participants with a History of Ankle Sprains.”

Ankle sprains are one of the most common injuries in physically active population and intercollegiate athletes. In fact, about 23,000 ankle sprains take place daily in the US and of which 74% of individuals who sustain an initial ankle sprain persist with at least one recurrent symptoms, such as perceived instability/giving way sensation at the ankle, and experience repetitive bouts of ankle sprains. Recurrent ankle sprains can lead to long-term consequences including the development of chronic ankle instability (CAI), limited range-of-motion at the ankle, and poor balance. CAI is a second leading cause of post-traumatic ankle osteoarthritis, and the individuals who sustain CAI often report a decrease in quality of life. However, the definite risk factor of recurrent ankle sprains is still unknown. Recently gait has been studied in CAI population, and researchers have established that ankle sprains negatively affect hip muscle activation, strength, and coordination in laboratory settings. However, few clinical applications are used to assess potential altered movement patterns in individuals with a history of ankle sprains and/or CAI. Thus, we proposed our customized smartphone app technology to identify thigh movement pattern deficiencies during the stepping-in-place task at the International Ankle Symposium.


Brittany’s Information: On Friday I presented on the “prevalence of ankle sprain and chronic ankle instability among rural high school adolescents” at the International Ankle Symposium. The research presented was from my Master’s thesis work at Appalachian State University, which also included a physical activity piece.

Ankle sprains have been seen as a minute or non-severe injury however recent research has shown that about a quarter of people that sustain an ankle injury eventually develop chronic ankle instability (CAI). CAI includes feelings of giving way, twisting or rolling of the ankle, and reoccurring ankle sprains as well as limited functional ankle mobility. CAI further more has been reported to cause a decrease in physical activity. Additionally ankle sprains and reoccurring ankle injuries as well as follow up care can summate to be a healthcare burden. Previous prevalence rates have been conducted on adult populations such as at the United State Military Academy and in Australia, therefore leaving a gap in the research on prevalence of ankle sprains and CAI among adolescents. The findings of the research I presented discover that of the participants 58% of females and 56% of males reported a history of ankle sprain, 30% of the participants reported suffering from CAI, and of those 1 year post ankle injury 78% of participants had reported CAI.

We are studying people who have sustained multiple ankle sprains. Do you meet the criteria below? If so, please fill out the research participant sign up sheet!

1. A history of at least 1 significant ankle sprain
2. A history of feeling ankle instability and giving-way in the previously injured ankle

Dr. William Adams’s research focuses on cranking up the heat, literally. Adams is studying the effects of heat on athletes, and is working diligently to educate and prevent injuries due to heat in athletes. His research published on September 18, 2017 highlights every State’s Health and Safety Policies on preventing the leading causes of sudden death and catastrophic injury in sport. For more information, read the publication below:

Adams_2017_State Level Implementation of Health and Safety

Breathtaking View of The UNCG Campus

The Department of Kinesiology would like to offer up congratulations to the University as a whole.  For the 19th straight year, UNCG has been named to the Princeton Review’s “The Best 382 Colleges” list for excellence in undergraduate education.  In particular UNCG stands out for offering  “strong academic programs” at an affordable price along with a “breathtaking campus.”  Well done Spartans!  For more information please see the link below.

UNCG named to Princeton Review’s ‘Best Colleges’ list for 19th consecutive year

2014 Cohort

This summer, our very first online cohort reached a major milestone and we couldn’t be more proud. Fourteen students traveled to UNCG to present their dissertation proposals. Proposal Week was a four-day event set up for this group. This event was quite special as it was the first time the whole cohort was required to be together again since orientation. “It was kind of like a family reunion,” says Pam Brown, director of the EdD in KIN program, “some people had gotten married, had children, or changed jobs since they started the program, and it was really special catching up.”

While the ’14 cohort was on campus, they also made a collective donation to Dr. Cathy Ennis’ memorial scholarship fund. This touching and unexpected gesture was made in honor of Dr. Ennis’ personal guidance of the students in this cohort.

With the completion of their comprehensive exams and the defense of their dissertation proposals, this group is on track to graduate next May. The wide range of dissertation proposals demonstrated the interdisciplinary approach of an EdD degree. The students set out to explore and help solve issues related to professional practice in the field of kinesiology, from using physical activity to prevent burnout in social workers, to educating musicians about music-related risks that can harm auditory function, this group covered it all. See the complete list of proposals below.

Our ‘14 cohort is setting an example for the subsequent cohorts, and we look forward to seeing them again next May as they defend their dissertations and graduate!

  • Sociocultural Competence In Sport Coaching Education Project
  • Growth-minded Athletes: Do Coaching Feedback Focal Points Matter?
  • Person-centered Care In Athletic Training: A Case Study Approach
  • An Investigation Into The Relationship Between Perceived Stress, Burnout, And Physical Activity Participation Levels In Social Workers
  • Increasing Physical Activity And Self-efficacy In Physical Education Through Internet Programming, A Modern Approach
  • The Relationship Between Physical Fitness And Academic Achievement Among 4th And 5th Grade Boys And Girls From High And Low-poverty Backgrounds
  • The Influence Of Acculturation And Professional Socialization On Fitness Oriented Students’ Interpretation And Delivery Of The
  • Teaching Games For Understanding Model
  • The Effects Of Teaching Strategies On Moderate To Vigorous Physical Activity Intensity
  • The Effect Of An Introductory Strength Training Program On Acl Injury Risk Factors.
  • An Evaluation Of The United States Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center And School Human Performance Program
  • The Effects Of Modified Martial Arts Programming On Older Adults
  • Online Hearing Conservation Programming For College Musicians
  • North Carolina High Schools Coaches’ Knowledge Of The Female Athlete Triad

Students listening to proposal

The Masters of Science in Athletic Training students pose for their official picture as second years in the program. Dr. William Adams, Associate Program Director, and Dr. Aaron Terranova, Clinical Education Coordinator oversee to get the optimal photo. Their course work and rotations began at the beginning of August, where they gain hands on experience working with patients in a variety of clinical settings. “This is the largest cohort we have ever brought in and we are looking forward to watching them develop their knowledge and clinical skills as they progress in the program.” -Dr. Terranova.