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Dr. Lundstrom featured in a Q&A with the Runner’s Tribe

June 23, 2020 - 11:44am

Chris Lundstrom, PhD, School of Kinesiology lecturer and the director of the Sports and Exercise Science MEd, was recently featured in an article posted by the Runner’s Tribe. The interview covers Dr. Lundstrom’s time as a runner in high school, at Stanford University, and as a professional marathon runner. It also discusses Dr. Lundstom’s philosophy and approach to coaching, the mental side of running, as well as some of the more practical aspects of training for distance runners (including footwear, nutrition, and some of his favorite workouts).

The Runner’s Tribe is an electronic journal that covers all aspects of athletics, track and field, road running, junior athletics, and more throughout Australasia and the world.

Dr. Lundstrom talks about flexibility and running with Runner’s World

June 23, 2020 - 11:43am

Chris Lundstrom, PhD, a lecturer in the School of Kinesiology, was recently interviewed by Runner’s World magazine and discussed “The Importance of Flexibility for Peak Running Performance.” The article covers the importance of flexibility in runners, the types of stretches that increase the range of motion in connective tissue, and how to overall improve flexibility in relation to running.

Lundstrom is the director of the Sport and Exercise Science MEd program and the director of the Human Sport Performance Laboratory (HSPL). His areas of interest and research are endurance training and performance, exercise physiology, and sports science.

Lundstrom quoted in NYT running article

November 26, 2019 - 11:10am

Christopher Lundstrom, PhD, sport and exercise science lecturer and MEd director at the School of Kinesiology, was cited in an article, “How to Get Your Running in During the Holidays,” by the New York Times.

The article emphasizes the importance of stress-relieving activities during the holiday season, one of which is running. The key to a productive run while on vacation is scheduling your run. “Have a plan and identify ‘when is this actually going to happen,’” Dr. Lundstrom says. Running first thing in the morning is highly recommended and ensures it will actually get done, according to Dr. Lundstrom. If you are out of town, Lundstrom encourages runners to use their workout as a tourist opportunity to sightsee. “It’s the best way to get the lay of the land and see some different things.”

Lundstrom quoted in The Atlantic

September 27, 2019 - 2:03pm
Chris Lundstrom, PhD

Chris Lundstrom, PhD, a lecturer in sport and exercise science at the School of Kinesiology was quoted in The Atlantic in an article titled, “Lift Weight, Not Too Much, Most of the Days – Have you ever tried to grease the groove?

The article talks about different styles and approaches to a fitness routine, specifically one that’s referred to as “greasing the groove,” and is based around fitting in physical activity when you can, in frequent but smaller doses. Lundstom is quoted about why this style of fitness routine has gained popularity recently.

Read the full story here >>>

Lundstrom publishes about marathon training conditions

March 27, 2019 - 4:14pm

Chris Lundstrom, PhD, lecturer and M.Ed. director at the School of Kinesiology, co-authors a publication, “Effects of marathon training on maximal aerobic capacity and running economy in experienced marathon runners,” in the Journal of Human Sport and Exercise.

Due to the fact that there is little knowledge about the “physiological changes that occur in competitive runners over a marathon training cycle,” the article studies the impact of running conditions for marathon trainers. It also evaluates race performance under different temperatures.

Kinesiology doctoral student Greg Rhodes named to ski instructor’s national team

April 22, 2016 - 11:23am

formal portrait image of Greg Rhodes in a dress shirt and tie, smilingSchool of Kinesiology exercise physiology doctoral student Greg Rhodes, M.Ed., has been named to the Professional Ski Instructors of America and the American Association of Snowboard Instructors (PSIA-AASI) National Team for 2016-20 in Nordic Cross Country. The PSIA-AASI Team is formed every four years following a rigorous selection process that enables PSIA-AASI to select the nation’s best instructors to represent the association at the highest level and working with ski and ride schools throughout the country, conducting clinics, and representing PSIA-AASI as the public face of the organization. Rhodes is currently a faculty lecturer with Fort Lewis College, Colorado, ski instructor at Aspen Skiing Company, and Head Coach and Owner at Endurance Athlete.

Students, faculty, & alumni represent at ACSM conference

May 28, 2015 - 1:11pm

10336684_10153332867891264_5805345408675514168_nSchool of Kinesiology students and faculty have a prominent presence at this year’s American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Conference in San Diego, California. School alumni are also co-presenters in several of the poster presentations.


  • Mitochondrial Remodeling Resulting from Muscle Contraction and Disuse: Role of PGC-1 and Sirt3 – Dr. Li Li Ji

Thematic Poster Presentations

  • Competitive Marathon Runners Exhibit Greater Running Economy than Recreation Runners – Dr. Stacy Ingraham, Dr. Christopher Lundstrom & graduate assistant Morgan Betker
  • Preschool Pilot (PSP) Study: Targeting Teachers and Engaging Parents to Improve Weight-Related Outcomes for African-American Preschoolers – Dr. Daheia Barr-Anderson

Poster Presentations

  • The Mitochondrial E3 Ubiquitin Protein Ligase 1 (Mul1) is Down-Regulated by PGC-1a Over-Expression in Disuse Induced Atrophied Muscle – Dr. Li Li Ji, Post-doctoral associate Chounghun Kang and graduate students Dongwook Yeo and Tiano Zhang
  • The Short-term Effect of Sit-Stand Workstations on Blood Glucose in Obese Women with Impaired Fasting Glucose – Dr. Beth Lewis
  • Association Between Urban Children’s Psychosocial Beliefs and their Outside School Physical Activity Dr. Zan Gao and graduate assistants Zachary Pope and Jung Eun Lee
  • Foam Rolling Decreases Muscle Soreness but has no Effect on Running Performance  – Dr. Eric Snyder, Dr. Erik Van Iterson and graduate assistants Emma Lee and Alexander Kasak
  • Effect of Two Physical Activity Interventions on Preschool Children’s Cognitive Functions and Perceived Competence – Dr. Zan Gao and graduate assistants Zachary Pope and Jung Eun Lee
  • Youth Sport Specialization and Injury Status in Intercollegiate Sports – Dr. Stacy Ingraham and graduate assistants Zachary Rourk and Matthew Carlson
  • Associations Between Children’s Health-related Fitness and Physical Activity in Exergaming – Dr. Zan Gao and graduate assistant Zachary Pope
  • Comparison of Children’s Recess and After-school Physical Activity: Effects of School Days and Weight Status – Dr. Zan Gao and graduate assistant Zachary Pope
  • Effects of Plyometric Training on Lower-Body Muscle Function in Novice Marathon Runners – Dr. Chris Lundstrom and graduate assistant Morgan Betker
  • The Acute Effect of Exergaming on Elementary School Children’s Mood Changes – Dr. Zan Gao and graduate assistant Jung Eun Lee
  • The Effects of Glucose-Fructose Versus Glucose-Only on Stride Characteristics during Prolonged Running – Dr. Stacy Ingraham
  • Alveolar to Arterial Gas Exchange during Constant-Load Exercise in Healthy Active Men and Women – Dr. Eric Snyder
  • Effect of Spark on Physical Activity, Cardiorespiratory Endurance, and Motivation in Middle-School Students – Dr. Zan Gao
  • Intervening in Adolescents’ Knowledge and Motivation about Energy Balance – Dr. Zan Gao
  • Plyometrics & Sprint Training Versus Core Training on Power Outcomes in Novice Marathoners  – Graduate assistant Morgan Betker

Kinesiology’s marathon training class goes the distance

May 5, 2015 - 3:49pm

On Sunday, May 3, 101 students who enrolled in one of the most popular physical activity courses in the School of Kinesiology took their final test early. They ran in the Eau Claire Marathon and every one of them passed.

The course, PE 1262 Marathon Training, is in its seventh year of extraordinary success. Dr. Stacy Ingraham, Kinesiology senior lecturer and director of the Human and Sport Performance Laboratory, has taught the class since it was first offered, when 48 students signed up for a semester of hard training and lectures that Marathon 2015culminated in an annual marathon held in Eau Claire, WI. The class has attracted more students each year, and this spring 107 students signed up. “Over seven years we’ve had a total of 528 starters and 525 finishers–a 99% finish rate,” says Dr. Ingraham. This year’s unexpected temperatures in the 80s caused three students to drop out for medical reasons before finishing, the first time that’s happened in the course’s history.

“One of the goals of the class is to use the science of running as much as we can,” says Dr. Ingraham. She points to the 11 research articles that have come out of the department based on scientific information gleaned from runners’ experiences. But just as gratifying for Dr. Ingraham has been the development of a course at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire patterned after PE 1262. Instructors from the physics and kinesiology departments there consulted with her as they were developing their own marathon course. This year, 40 of their students ran in the marathon and 60 in the half-marathon.

Dr. Ingraham and Dr. Chris Lundstrom, who co-teaches the class, traditionally host a pasta dinner and banquet in Eau Claire the night before the race. This year 229 family members, friends, and runners attended. “It’s just  so inspiring to see how many have been touched by this experience,” says Dr. Ingraham.

Read Fox 9’s interview with Dr. Ingraham and her students here.





KinTeach hosts students from Minneapolis Southwest High School

February 27, 2015 - 12:24pm

The KinTeach program hosted a group of students from Minneapolis Southwest High School on Thursday, February 26. The students are enrolled in the International Baccalaureate (IB) Sports and Exercise Science course at the school; they have spent the year studying aspects of kinesiology.

During their visit to the School of Kinesiology, graduate assistants Naveen Elangovan and Jessica Hoist-Wolf, along with post-doctoral research associate Josh Aman, introduced the students to research in the Center for Clinical Movement Science (CCMS).  They also spent time in the Human and Sport Performance Lab (HSPL), where graduate assistant Morgan Betker took them through a VO2 test and explained the underwater weighing tube. Read more about testing services here.

School of Kinesiology alumnus mentioned on

February 24, 2015 - 10:24am

WilsonP-2013 Dr. Patrick Wilson (Ph.D., 2014) was mentioned in an article on

The article, “How Much Fluid are You Consuming During a Race?” cites Dr. Wilson’s research at the University of Minnesota in reference to a triathlete’s ability to judge their fluid needs during a race. According to him, such personal judgement can be unreliable, which can lead to risks like dehydration on race day. Read more here.

During his tenure at the University of Minnesota, Dr. Wilson was advised by Dr. Stacy Ingraham, lecturer in the School of Kinesiology and director of Human and Sport Performance Laboratory (HSPL). Dr. Wilson is now a post-doctoral research associate at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, working in the Nebraska Athletic Performance Lab.

Four articles accepted for publication from HSPL

February 16, 2015 - 8:00am

hspl-2Four articles have been accepted for publication in Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise and Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research from the Human & Sport Performance Laboratory (HSPL).

Several authors of these studies are current and former graduate students advised or co-advised by School of Kinesiology faculty Dr. Ingraham, Dr. Lewis, and Dr. Synder. Current graduate students include M.S. students Zachary Rourk, Morgan Betker, and Matt Carlson, as well as Ph.D. candidates Chris Lundstrom and Greg Rhodes. Dr. Fitzgerald is a 2013 Ph.D. graduate from the School of Kinesiology.

  • Carlson, M., Rourk, Z. & Ingraham, S. (2015). Youth Sport Specialization and Injury Status In Intercollegiate Sports. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise.
  • Fitzgerald, J.S., Ingraham, S.J., Peterson, B. J., & Rhodes, G. (in press). Association Between Vitamin D Status and Maximal-Intensity Exercise Performance in Junior and Collegiate Hockey Players. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research.
  • Betker, M.R., Lundstrom, C.J. & Ingraham, S.J. (in press). Plyometrics and Sprint Training versus Core Training on Power Outcomes in Novice Marathoners. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise.
  • Lundstrom, C.J., Betker, M.R., Rhodes, G.S. & Ingraham, S.J. (in press). Competitive Marathon Runners Exhibit Greater Running Economy than Recreational Runners. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise.

Ingraham invited to present at MNPTA workshop

February 13, 2015 - 11:17am

IngrahamS-2011Dr. Stacy Ingraham, lecturer in the School of Kinesiology and director of Human and Sport Performance Laboratory (HSPL), has been petitioned to present an all day workshop for the Minnesota Physical Therapy Association. Entitled, “The Science of Sports Performance Collides With Today’s Athlete”, the workshop is scheduled to take place on November 21, 2015.

HSPL research to be published

December 4, 2014 - 1:04pm

IngrahamS-2011A manuscript was accepted for publication in the International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance by researchers in the Human and Sport Performance Laboratory (HSPL). Patrick Wilson (Ph.D. ’14), a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Nebraska, is the lead author on the paper, while doctoral candidate Greg Rhodes is a co-author. HSPL is directed by senior lecturer Stacy Ingraham, Ph.D., who serves as the paper’s third author.

The citation is:

Wilson, P.B., Rhodes, G., & Ingraham, S.J. (In press.) Self-report versus direct-measurement for assessment of fluid intake during a 70.3 triathlon. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance.

Ingraham cited in Australian medical publication

December 4, 2014 - 12:53pm

IngrahamS-2011Senior lecturer and director of the Human and Sport Performance Laboratory Stacy Ingraham, Ph.D., was recently cited in an Australian publication,  Sports Warm-Up, which is circulated throughout their medical community. Ingraham’s work on stretching is referred to in Paul Monaro’s article, “Tell your patients Stretching isn’t Warming-up.

HSPL projects accepted for publications

November 25, 2014 - 9:05am

IngrahamS-2011Two manuscripts were accepted for publication by researchers in the Human and Sport Performance Laboratory (HSPL). HSPL is directed by senior lecturer Stacy Ingraham, PhD.

The citations are as follows:

Wilson, P.B., Rhodes, G., & Ingraham, S.J. (2014). Glucose-fructose likely improves gastrointestinal comfort and endurance running performance relative to glucose-only. The Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports.

Fitzgerald, J.S., Ingraham, S.J., Peterson, B. J., & Rhodes, G. (2014). Vitamin D status is associated with adiposity in male ice hockey players. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. 28(11)/3200–3205. doi: 10.1249/MSS.0000000000000433