Exercise Science

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ES alums bring their elementary school students to FLC

Elementary school students

A special thank you to ES alum, Oscar Cosio, for bringing his 4th grade Physical Education classes from Ignacio Elementary School (pictured below) to a Play Day on Tuesday, 12/8, in the Whalen Gym. The 45 elementary school students participated in stations taught by ES 255 (Teaching Competencies) students Brent Hall, Selena La Paz, Shanell Leekya, Ryann Pierce, Daniel Rankin, Allena Wolfblack. It was a great experience for all!


Exercise Science announces new faculty

The Exercise Science Department is pleased to announce our new tenure track hire, Dr. Susumu Iwasaki. Dr. Iwasaki completed his doctorate at the University of Kansas in the Department of Health, Sport and Exercise Sciences in 2014. As a graduate of the Sport Psychology program, Dr. Iwasaki's research focuses primarily on athlete perceptions of team climate and mindful engagement in sport. He has co-authored several articles including The Efforts of Sport Psychology Professionals to Assist Sport Administrators in Evaluating Youth Sport Programs.

While at Kansas, he was a key member of the Sport and Exercise Psychology lab where he mentored both undergraduate and graduate research projects. During his graduate program, Dr. Iwasaki was awarded the Wayne Osness Outstanding Doctoral Student Award. In addition to his academic training, Dr. Iwasaki also has an extensive applied background in sport coaching. For example, he coached high school basketball in Japan over 10 years. He is presently working towards becoming a certified consultant through the Association for Applied Sport Psychology.

Dr. Iwasaki comes to us from Ibaraki University in Japan via the University of Kansas. He was a Jayhawk and now he is a Skyhawk.

Awards Given at Exercise Science Department Social

The Exercise Science Program announced 2016 award winners and 2016-17 academic scholarship recipients during the Exercise Science Annual Social on Friday, April 22, 2016.
  • 2016 Fort Lewis College American Kinesiology Association Scholar: Thomas Poole of Durango, CO.
  • 2016 Major of the Year (AT) Honor: Jenna Krizo of Brea, CA.
  • 2016 Major of the Year (ES) Honor: Stephanie Teaman of Riverside, CA.
  • 2016 Outstanding student in Exercise Physiology: Brooke Milliet of Durango, CO.
  • 2016 Outstanding student in Sport Administration: Kate Bayes of Sonoma, CA.
  • 2016 Outstanding student in Exercise Specialist: Hillary Morris of Creede, CO.
Spring 2016 Honor Cord Recipients are; Keith Bender, Durango, CO; Casey Farrell, Breckenridge, CO; Sofia Gomez Villafane, Los Gatos, CA; Mary Rambo (AT), Durango, CO; Mariah Starbuck, Steamboat Springs, CO; Matthew Steffens, Albuquerque, NM; Stephanie Teaman, Riverside, CA, and Julia Villani (AT), Golden, CO.
  • 2016-17 Joan Sanders Memorial Scholarship:
    • Nickolas Martin of Los Alamos, NM.
  • 2016-17 Exercise Science Merit Scholarships:
    • Nathan Mitton of Durango, CO.
    • Tierra Jishie of Ganado, AZ.
    • William Hensen of Highlands Ranch, CO.
    • Hillary Morris of Creede, CO.
    • Eljin Gorman of Farmington, NM.


Exercise Science Professors Publish Research

Assistant Professor of Exercise Science Emily Houghton, PhD and colleague Jennifer A. Bhalla, PhD published a research article entitled Invisible Pioneers: Exploring the Experiences of African American Female Athletes in an edited called Modern Sport and the African American Experience. The book, edited by Gary Sailes, PhD is a collection of essays that focuses on the intersection of race, gender and sport.

In addition, Assistant Professor of Exercise Science Missy Thompson, PhD along with collaborators Jeff Seegmiller EdD, and Craig P. McGowan, PhD from the University of Idaho published a research article entitled Impact Accelerations of Barefoot and Shod Running in the International Journal of Sports Medicine.


ES, AT and AE Students Present Research At Symposium

Several Exercise Science, Athletic Training and Adventure Education students were chosen to present their research as part of the Fort Lewis College Undergraduate Research & Creative Activities Symposium that occurred on April 21, 2016. The symposium brings together student work from many different departments across campus. Two courses, ES/AT 495 Research Design and Development as well as ES/AT 496 Senior Seminar, provide the platform for our students to develop their research projects during the academic year.

Thomas G. Poole a K-12 teaching major gave an oral presentation on his project entitled: Tension Releasing Exercises Reduce Perceived Stress in College Students. Tom’s project was supervised by Professor Cathy Simbeck. In addition, Craig Smith, Matt Steffens, Mariah Starbuck (all exercise physiology majors) and Stephanie Teaman (athletic training major) gave an oral presentation entitled, The Role of Deep Pressure Sensory Feedback During Gait which was supervised by Assistant Professor Missy Thompson.

Several different student projects were also featured in the evening poster session. Sofia Gomez-Villafane, Troy Meeker and Ryan Standish all exercise physiology majors presented Validation of Perfect Phorm: A Motion Analysis Study. Their validation study was supervised by Assistant Professor Missy Thompson. In addition, Alexandra Gillson and Kathryn Ross both exercise physiology majors presented their project entitled Metabolic Costs of Steep Incline Running v. Walking. Alexandra and Kathryn’s project was supervised by Assistant Professor Emily Houghton and Visiting Instructor Greg Rhodes. Amanda Finstand, Grayson Swingle and Casey Rhea (adventure education majors) presented their poster entitled An Analysis of Wilderness First Responder Self-Efficacy which was also supervised by Dr. Houghton. Kiley Raica (exercise physiology) presented her project entitled The Effects of Different Energy Sources on Performance in the Multistage Fitness Test. Kiley’s study on energy sources was supervised by Professor Cathy Simbeck. Nicole Dohm, Alex Wilkinson and Keith Bender presented Shredding the Gnar and Your Body: An Analysis of Ski Injuries During the 2014-2015 Season. Their analysis was supervised by Associate Professor Carrie Meyer. Finally, Robert Marks (athletic training) and Joshua Maes (exercise specialist) presented their project entitled College Athlete’s Perception of Care Based on Gender/Race. Their project was also supervised by Dr. Meyer

The Undergraduate Research & Creative Activities Symposium is a great way to showcase the excellent and diverse work accomplished by our students during the course of the year.


Exercise Science Department 2016 AKA scholar Tom Poole Featured at Student Teacher Professional Exhibition April 28, 2016

Thomas Poole, who was voted by Exercise Science faculty as the recipeint of the 2016 American Kinesiolgy Associatiation's FLC Student Scholar, was featured at Student Teacher Professional Exhibition. You can read the full story in the Durango Herald. http://www.durangoherald.com/article/20160427/NEWS01/160429626/-1/News01/Fort-Lewis-College-student-teachers-share-lessons-learned


Cathy Simbeck's adaptive exercise class does a lot more than listen to lectures and read books.

The clients come from Holly House, which offers a day program for adults with disabilities, Durango School District 9-R and home-schooling programs. The FLC students master the use of diagnostic techniques – such as assessing physical abilities, including strength, speed, cardiorespiratory endurance and balance – and learn to work with clients who have cognitive disabilities. Read full story in Durango Herald


Current and former students involved in ground-breaking research:

Former student Rotem Ishay and current students Josh McDowell, Maddie Kruger, Alex Kilman, and Gus Allen are up to some cool stuff. They are conducting research relating pulmonary pressures at altitude and performance. Watch this video and read more about their research here.

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