Our Labs & Centers: The Graduate Students of HSPL

The Human and Sport Performance Lab’s (HSPL) cohort of graduate students consistently brings passion to their academic work and research endeavors, often with their research questions inspired by their own participation in sport and physical activity. By drawing on their involvement with physical activity, these graduate students bring unique perspectives to their research experiences. Below you will meet some of the bright HSPL graduate students who are translating their everyday activities into ground-breaking research!

Sam Johnson (Concordia University St. Paul Track and Field Long and Triple Jump Coach): Sam combines his coaching experience and his interest in biomechanics both to help his athletes succeed and to direct his doctoral research towards measures of improving athlete sprint and jump performance.

Laura Roach (Assistant Men’s and Women’s Track and Field coach and Assistant Men’s and Women’s Cross Country coach at Hamline University): Actively still competing in track and field meets against her former teammates at Carleton College, as well as her current athletes, Laura’s interest in running and the effects that environmental conditions play on an athlete’s performance has led her her Master’s research to focus on the data collected from the Marathon Training Course (PE 1262) over the past three years.

Chris Lundstrom:A successful runner at Stanford University in the late 1990s, Chris has continued a successful running career as he pursues his Ph.D. In 2012, Chris participated in his third U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials in Houston, Texas. Chris uses his running experience to help the students in the Marathon Training Course (PE 1262) fulfill their dreams of completing their first marathon. Chris has led almost 300 students through the entire training process of running a marathon. This spring, Chris is teaching the marathon class for the fourth time with the largest enrollment to date (~100 students). The class will participate in the Eau Claire Marathon on May 6.

Eric Statt (Boy’s U17 Soccer Coach with the White Bear Lake Soccer Club): Eric’s passion for soccer and public health concerns around physical activity have allowed him to make a unique connection between sport performance and daily physical activity requirements.

Greg Rhodes (Nordic Skiing coach with Sisu Nordic Foundation and Balance Fitness Nordic Ski Team): Greg currently competes in Nordic skiing races as well as cycling, triathlon, and running races. As a coach for junior and adult Nordic skiers, he regularly uses the information he gains from conducting exercise physiology testing in HSPL to help athletes of all abilities reach their goals. Individually, Greg continues to train and race in many different endurance sport activities. Currently, he is preparing for the Ironman triathlon in Madison, Wisconsin, on September 9.


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