Laboratory for Sport Psychology & Performance Excellence

Current Research

Research conducted by the members of the LSPPE 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:

  • The symbiotic relationship between talent identification and talent development in elite athletes
  • Assessment of psychosocial constructs in athlete populations
  • Use of psychosocial strategies in sport injury rehabilitation
  • Role of athletic trainers in psychosocial rehabilitation of injured athletes
  • Benefits and practicalities of adopting multidisciplinary approach to sport injury rehabilitation
  • Integrated approaches to understanding performance characteristics among occupational athletes (e.g., firefighters)

Ongoing Research Projects

  • A longitudinal study examining the effectiveness of a biofeedback intervention among open skill sport athletes
  • An examination of grit in athletes
  • Effects of active video games on the rehabilitation of ankle sprains
  • Cultural aspects of career ending injuries in professional sport

Manuscripts in Preparation

Arvinen-Barrow, M. & Clement, D. (under preparation). Persons with Exercise Injuries. In: Razon, S., & Sachs, M. L. (eds). Applied Exercise Psychology: The Challenging Journey from Motivation to Adherence. To be published in 2014.

Arvinen-Barrow, M., Clement, D., Hamson-Utley, J. J., Kamphoff, C., Zakrajzek, R., Lee, S-M., Lintunen, T., Hemmings, B., & Martin, S. (under review). Athletes' expectations about sport injury rehabilitation: A cross-cultural study. The Journal of Psychology: Interdisciplinary and Applied.

Arvinen-Barrow, M., Manley, A., & Maresh, N. (under preparation). Role of Active Video Gaming in Psychosocial Rehabilitation from Injury: A Systematic Review of Literature. Targeted journal: Psychological Bulletin.

Clement, D., Arvinen-Barrow, M., & Fetty, T. (under review). Psychosocial Responses during Different Phases of Sport Injury Rehabilitation: A Qualitative Study. Journal of Athletic Training

Clement, D., Arvinen-Barrow, M., Hamson-Utley, J. J., Kamphoff, C., Zakrajzek, R., Lee, S-M., Lintunen, T., Hemmings, B., & Martin, S. (under preparation). Athlete's use of psychological interventions during sport injury rehabilitation. Targeted Journal: The Journal of Psychology: Interdisciplinary and Applied.

Manley, A., Arvinen-Barrow, M., & Wallace, J. (under preparation). An exploration of athletes' perceptions and experiences of Active Video Games in relation to rehabilitation from sports injuries. Targeted journal: Athletic Insight.

Redwood, T., Arvinen-Barrow M., Armstrong-Hallam, S., Pyer, M., & Kitson, E. (under preparation). Benefits of Swimming with Babies (SWB) Approach: An exploratory study. Targeted journal to be determined.

Rovio, E., Arvinen-Barrow, M., Hakonen, H., Eskola, J., Tammelin, T., Helakorpi, S., Uutela, A., Havas, E., Weigand, D., Mutrie, N. (under preparation). Clustering of physically inactive adults in Finland. Targeted journal to be determined.

Gnacinski, S.L., Meyer, B.B., Cornell, D.J., Morgan, A.J., & Conlon, J.K., Ebersole, K.T. Integrated assessments and training programs for occupational athletes: An innovative approach to enhancing firefighting performance. Target: Fire Technology.

Gnacinski, S.L., & Meyer, B.B. Solidifying the relationship between talent identification and talent development: Reconsidering the role of psychology in identifying talented elite athletes. Target: Journal of Sports Sciences.

Cornell, D.J., Ebersole, K.T., Gnacinski, S.L., Morgan, A.J., Conlon, J.K., & Meyer, B.B. (in review). Functional Movement Screen™ scores among experienced and novice marathon runners: A descriptive study. The Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness.

Davis, N.W., Meyer, B.B., & Massey, W.V. Familial influences and talent development among second generation elite hockey players. Target: Journal of Applied Sport Psychology.