Sport and Exercise Psychology program receives national recognition

The Sport and Exercise Psychology program in the College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences at West Virginia University was recognized with the Distinguished Contributions to Education and Training in Exercise and Sport Psychology award by Division 47 of the American Psychological Association.

Every three years, the APA awards a sport psychologist or training program that over time has consistently provided significant contributions to education and training in exercise and sport psychology. The award will be presented at the 2013 APA Convention, in Honolulu, HI from July 31 to August 4.

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Finding Ways to Keep West Virginians Safe on the Road

Dr. Christiaan Abildso, program coordinator, PEIA Weight Management Program, and Dr. Kelly Gurka, WVU Injury Control Research Center, have researched the connection between accidents involving pedestrians and cost to the state.

While studying all accidents in West Virginia from 2000 to 2006, the costs of the accidents were severe: 206 people died and nearly 3,100 were inured. That amounted to “comprehensive costs” – including estimates for lost quality of life – at $1.19 billion dollars in 2005, Abildso said.

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