Research conducted by the members of the Laboratory for Sport Psychology & Performance Excellence broadly encompasses the inclusion of psychosocial constructs in elite sport performance and sport injury rehabilitation. More specifically, research topics include but are not limited to:

  • Integrated approaches to facilitating performance and decreasing injury risk among athletes, teams, and sport organizations
  • Psychological aspects of rest and recovery in sport
  • Assessment of psychosocial constructs in athlete populations
  • Use of psychosocial strategies in sport injury rehabilitation and return to sport process
  • Role of sport medicine professionals in psychosocial rehabilitation
  • Benefits and practicalities of adopting multidisciplinary approach to sport injury rehabilitation
  • Integrated approaches to understanding performance characteristics among tactical athletes (e.g., firefighters)
  • The symbiotic relationship between talent identification and talent development in elite athletes
  • Grit in sport and tactical athletes

Ongoing Research Projects

  • A longitudinal study examining the effectiveness of a biofeedback intervention among open skill sport athletes
  • An examination of grit in athletes
  • Increasing student-athlete quality of life by identifying and addressing psychosocial, nutritional and physical sport injury risk factors: An integrated interprofessional approach
  • Multidisciplinary teams in sport injury rehabilitation: A survey of athletes, sport medicine, and sport psychology professionals’ experiences
  • Effects of active video games on the rehabilitation of ankle sprains
  • Cultural aspects of career ending injuries in professional sport

Recent Manuscripts

Arvinen-Barrow, M. & Clement, D. (in press). Preliminary investigation into sport and exercise psychology consultants’ views and experiences of an interprofessional care team approach to sport injury rehabilitation. Journal of Interprofessional Care.

Cornell, D.J., Gnacinski, S. L., Zamzow, A., Mims, J., & Ebersole, K. T. (in press). Measures of health, fitness, and functional movement among firefighter recruits. International Journal of Occupational Safety and Ergonomics.

Gnacinski, S. L., Arvinen‐Barrow, M., Brewer, B. W., & Meyer, B. B. (in press). Factorial validity and measurement invariance of the Perceived Susceptibility to Sport Injury scale. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports.

Meyer, B. B., Markgraf, K. M., & Gnacinski, S. L. (in press). Examining the merit of grit in women’s soccer: Questions of theory, measurement, and application. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology.

Pack, S. M., Kelly, S., & Arvinen-Barrow, M. (in press). “I am part of the whole world, not just somebody that went wrong”: Paralympic swimmers’ life experiences and perceptions of disability. Disability and Rehabilitation.

Whitley, M. A., Massey, W. V., & Farrell, K. (in press). A programme evaluation of ‘Exploring Our Strengths and Our Future’: Making sport relevant to the educational, social, and emotional needs of youth. Journal of Sport for Development.

Gnacinski, S. L., Cornell, D. J., Meyer, B. B., Arvinen-Barrow, M., & Earl-Boehm, J. (2016). Functional Movement Screen factorial validity and measurement invariance across sex in among collegiate athletes. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 30, 3388-3395.