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 participation process
  • Role of sport medicine professionals in psychosocial rehabilitation
  • Benefits and practicalities of adopting an interprofessional approach to sport performance, injury rehabilitation, and return to participation
  • Integrated approaches to understanding performance characteristics among tactical athletes (e.g., firefighters)
  • The symbiotic relationship between talent identification and talent development in elite athletes

Recent Manuscripts

Arvinen-Barrow, M., DeGrave, K., Pack, S. M., & Hemmings, B. (in press). Transitioning out of professional sport: The psychosocial impact of career-ending injuries among UK cricketers. Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology.

Cornell, D. J., Gnacinski, S. L., Meyer, B. B., & Ebersole, K. T. (2017). Changes in measures of health and fitness in firefighter recruits: An observational cohort study. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 49 (11)2223-2233.

Ford, J., Ildefonso, K., Jones, M., & Arvinen-Barrow, M. (2017). Sport-related anxiety: Current insights. Open Access Journal of Sports Medicine, 8, 205-212.

Gnacinski, S. L., Arvinen-Barrow, M., Brewer, B. W., & Meyer, B. B. (2017). Factorial validity and measurement invariance of the Perceived Susceptibility to Sport Injury scale. Scandinavian Journal of Sports Medicine, 27(7), 754–761.

Gnacinski, S. L., Massey, W. V., Hess, C. W., Nai, M., Arvinen-Barrow, M., & Meyer, B. B. (2017). Examining stage of change differences in NCAA student-athletes’ readiness for psychological skills training. The Sport Psychologist, 31(4), 356-368.

Meyer, B. B., Markgraf, K., & Gnacinski, S. L. (2017). Examining the merit of grit in women’s soccer: Questions of theory, measurement, and application. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 29, 353-366.

Recent Books

Arvinen-Barrow, M. & Walker, N. (Eds). (2013). The psychology of sport injury and rehabilitation. Abingdon, United Kingdom: Routledge.

Arvinen-Barrow, M. & Clement, D. (Eds.). (2019). The psychology of sport and performance injury: An interprofessional case-based approach. Abingdon, United Kingdom: Routledge.

Recent Book Chapters

Meyer, B. B., Gnacinski, S. L., & Fletcher, T. B. (2017). Talent identification. In J. Taylor (Ed.), Assessment in applied sport psychology (pp. 169-182). Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.

Arvinen-Barrow, M., Hamson-Utley, J. J., & DeFreese, J. D. (2017). Sport injury, rehabilitation, and return to sport. In J. Taylor (Ed.), Assessment in applied sport psychology (pp. 266-295). Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.

Arvinen-Barrow, M. (2018). Injury prevention in sport and performance psychology. In O. Braddick (Ed.), Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Psychology. Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press.

Arvinen-Barrow, M., & Clement, D. (2018). Persons with exercise injuries. In S. Razon & M. Sachs (Eds.), Applied exercise psychology: The challenging journey from motivation to adherence (pp.339-355). New York, NY: Routledge.

Arvinen-Barrow, M., & Granquist, M. (2019). Psychosocial considerations for rehabilitation of the injured athletic patient. In W. Prentice (Ed.), Rehabilitation techniques for sports medicine and athletic training (7th. ed.). Thorofare, NJ : SLACK Incorporated.

Ford, J., Johnson, R., Clement, D., & Arvinen-Barrow, M. (2019). Reactions to music performance injury rehabilitation: Brandon Jackson, a freshman music performance major. In M. Arvinen-Barrow & D. Clement. (Eds.). The psychology of sport and performance injury: An interprofessional case-based approach. Abingdon, United Kingdom: Routledge.

Ildefonso, K., Arvinen-Barrow, M., & Clement, D. (2019). Reactions to a football injury: Adrian Jones, a freshman collegiate football player. In M. Arvinen-Barrow & D. Clement. (Eds.). The psychology of sport and performance injury: An interprofessional case-based approach. Abingdon, United Kingdom: Routledge.