Dr. Zieff to Visit Brocher Foundation for Bioethics


Susan G. Zieff, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Kinesiology, will be a visiting researcher at the Brocher Foundation, a bioethics institute on Lake Geneva, Switzerland, October 2017. Her project, “Targeted Populations: Ethical Issues in Physical Activity Promoting Technologies,” aims to describe the issues associated with the biomedicalization of the body in health-benefiting physical activity technology practices as utilized by health researchers and government agencies. Her project will raise key questions using frameworks of environmental justice and critical production of knowledge about the ways that identities of vulnerable populations are constructed and transformed through their participation in biomedical technologies.


New SF State Kinesiology Course

The Department of Kinesiology is offering a new course for Fall 2017 titled Wellness, Fitness, and the Global Perspective (KIN 257). The three unit course will introduce students to human anatomy, physiology, the basic principles of exercise and wellness, and the benefits and limitations of wellness practices around the world. The course blends physical movement and fitness training with academic skills including critical reading, research, and scholarly presentations. Contact Jeanne-Marie Hughes at or click here for more information.


Articles Published by Department of Kinesiology Faculty: Fall 2016

Charmayne Hughes, Health Equity Institute Associate Professor of Kinesiology published “Self-paced reaching after stroke: A quantitative assessment of longitudinal and directional sensitivity using the H-Man planar robot for upper limb neurorehabilitation” in Frontiers in Neuroscience, Neural Technology. Using a robot developed during her time at Nanyang Technological University, this study investigated the sensitivity of robotic measures to capture differences in planar reaching movements as a function of neurological status (chronic stroke, neurologically healthy), and time (baseline, post-training, 2-week follow-up). Results of the study indicate the potential of H-Man as a sensitive tool for tracking changes in performance compared to ordinal scales of stroke motor assessment.

Assistant Professor Jimmy Bagley co-authored a chapter in the book: “Strength Training (2nd Ed.)”, edited by Lee Brown, published by Human Kinetics (Champaign, IL), and endorsed by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). Bagley co-wrote Chapter 11 (Torso Exercises) with Dr. Andy Galpin (CSU-Fullerton), which includes detailed instruction on resistance exercise techniques. This text will be available December 30th, 2016:  Follow Jimmy Bagley on Instagram and Twitter @DrJimmyBagley.

An innovative study on stress and coaching by Martin Dixon, lecturer in motor learning, has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Sports Sciences. Previous research has identified a range of stressors amongst sports coaches which could impact their health, burnout, and relationships with their athletes. With a sample of elite youth soccer coaches, Professor Dixon and his colleagues examined coaches’ cognitive appraisals of stressful situations using challenge and threat theory. Findings from the study "Examining the relationships between challenge and threat cognitive appraisals and coaching behaviours in football coaches" revealed that coaches who view stressful situations as a challenge are more likely to offer social support to their players. Conversely, coaches who perceive stressors as a threat are more likely to be autocratic in their behaviors and less likely to provide positive feedback. Results suggest that practitioners should help coaches to appraise stressful situations as a challenge to promote positive coaching behaviors.

Please join the Department of Kinesiology in congratulating these faculty for their accomplishments!


Dr. Bagley Organizes Symposium at Sports Medicine Conference

Dr. Jimmy Bagley recently organized a symposium and gave a lecture at the 36th Annual Meeting of the Southwest Regional Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) in Costa Mesa, CA (October 21-22, 2016). This invited symposium, titled “Skeletal Muscle Fiber Types and Human Performance: A Cellular and Molecular Perspective” included lectures from Drs. Andy Galpin (CSU-Fullerton, Josh Cotter (CSU-Long Beach), and Evan Schick (CSU-Long Beach). In addition, several SF State Kinesiology undergraduate (Jennifer Kirk-Sorrow, Kendrick Uong, John Farmer IV) and graduate students (Casey Westbrook, Jordan Overshoun-Hall, Ryan Durk, Dulce Gomez, Kaylie Zapanta, Jessica Lorge) gave poster presentations on their research at this meeting. For more information on our research and community engagement, follow Dr. Bagley on Instagram and Twitter @DrJimmyBagley.


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