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North Central Sport Psychology Conference Summary

The Center's reflection on this past weekend's events and Conference


 February 27, 2013

The first Annual North Central Sport Psychology Conference was held over the weekend of February 21st-22nd. It was a very exciting event for the Center for Sport and Performance Psychology.

Friday started with the Center’s grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony. Minnesota State University faculty, staff and students attended the grand opening along with members of the community. There was a short program highlighted by Dean Kristine Retherford, Director of Athletics Kevin Buisman, and Director of the Center, Dr. Cindra Kamphoff.

Registration for the North Central Sport Psychology Conference shortly followed the grand opening ceremony. Dr. Diane Wiese-Bjornstal, Ph.D., was the conference’s opening keynote. She presented her research on a term she has coined Sport Medicine Psychology. That evening, conference attendees enjoyed a banquet and presentation by Dr, Justin Anderson, Psy. D., LP and Dr. Carly Anderson, Ph.d., LP, CC-AASP who spoke about starting and owning a private practice.

On Saturday, the conference began with Dr. Aynsley Smith, Ph.D., who presented on the psychology of concussion and prevention. While conference goers enjoyed listening to leading experts in the field of Sport Psychology, throughout the conference graduate students gave research presentations and applied workshops as well.

Dr. Cindra Kamphoff Ph.D., Aaron Keen, MSU Football Acting Head Coach, and Adam Thielen, Football Senior Captain presented about their experience working together during their successful season in 2012. To wrap up the conference Dr. Nicole LaVoi, Ph.D., presenting her research on barriers and supports for female coaches.

Overall, looking back on the NCSPC, conference attendees agree that it was a huge success and the interest for the conference was better than anyone could have expected. It was made clear that our region has a lot to offer the field of Sport Psychology. At the conference everyone realized the potential the Midwest has to work together and we know that it will continue, and only improve. We hope to continue the tradition of hosting the North Central Sport Psychology Conference in the future.  

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