The Work Hardening Laboratory
The Work Hardening Laboratory is primarily operated by the departments of Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy, but Exercise and Sport Sciences Students have full access to use the Lab’s Cybex isokinetic dynamometer for computerized assessment of strength and the Balance Master system for assessing balance and postural control.
Athletic Training Facilities
A number of our graduate students are NATA certified athletic trainers and get the opportunity to work with Ithaca College or Cornell University athletes. Some of these athletic trainers have used these practical training grounds as research facilities, examining topics such as therapeutic techniques, athletic injury management, and the psychological stages athletes go through in the injury recovery process.
Sport Psychology Field Training
Our sport psychology students have the opportunity to do basic science research and/or practical field training with athletes. Many of our students receive graduate assistantships in coaching, which not only provides collegiate coaching experience, but also gives them the opportunity to practice their sport psychology training. A number of the sport psychology students also conduct research; examining such issues as fear of failure, the cognitive and behavioral mindset of elite performers, psychological factors playing a role in injury recovery, and how personality affects performance. Our sport psychology students can be found in the labs, on the fields, giving consulting talks, and anywhere in-between.