Alison Wrynn
Alison Wrynn
Professor of Kinesiology

Alison Wrynn is Director of Undergraduate Studies & General Education and a Professor in the Department of Kinesiology at California State University, Fullerton. She received her PhD in Human Biodynamics, with a specialization in the History of Exercise Science and Sports Medicine, at the University of California, Berkeley. Her current research is focused on the history of the allied health fields related to kinesiology (like Athletic Training and Physical Therapy). She has also produced three large scale reports (with co-author Maureen Smith) for the Women's Sports Foundation on gender, leadership and participation in the Olympic and Paralympic Movements and is the co-author of the textbook Women, Sport and Physical Activity: Challenges and Triumphs, 2nd ed. (Kendall-Hunt, 2009). She is a former International Olympic Committee, Olympic Studies Centre, Postgraduate Research Grant recipient, the past editor of the Journal of Sport History and a Fellow (#514) in the National Academy of Kinesiology.

Publications 2012-Present

Gleaves, J., Llewellyn, M. P. & Wrynn, A. M. Sex, Drugs, and Kinesiology: A Useful Partnership for Sport’s Most Pressing Issues.” Quest. (forthcoming, 2015)

Ha, N. Q., Dworkin, S. L., Martínez-Patiño, M. J., Rogol, A., Rosario, V., Sánchez, F., Wrynn, A., & Vilain, E. (2014). “Hurdling Over Sex? Sport, Science and Equity [Guest Essay].” Archives of Sexual Behavior, 43, 1035-1042.

Wrynn, A.M. (2014). “Therapeutic massage and its influence on the development of the American physical therapy profession.” International Journal for the History of Sport, doi: 10.1080/09523367.2014.882329

Wrynn, A.M. (2014). “Sport History: We’re More than Just the Back in Back to the Future.” Kinesiology Review: The Academy Papers, 3, 71-79.

Smith, M.M. & Wrynn, A.M. “Gender and Sexuality in the Governance of Sport: Olympic and Paralympic Games,” In Jennifer Hargreaves and Eric Anderson (2014) Routledge Handbook of Sport, Gender and Sexuality. London: Routledge Press.

Wrynn, A.M. (2014) Review of Martha H. Verbrugge, Active Bodies: A History of Women’s Physical Education in Twentieth Century America, Journal of Social History, 48(1) doi: 10.1093/jsh/shu036.

Hudak, A.M., Sandel, M.E., Goldberg, G. & Wrynn, A.M. (2013). “Dr. Frances A. Hellebrandt: Pioneering Physiologist, Physiatrist, and PM&R Program Visionary.” PM&R: The Journal of Injury, Function and Rehabilitation, 5(8), 639-646.

Wrynn, A.M. “Sports Medicine,” in Karen Christensen and David Levinson, Eds., Berkshire Encyclopedia of World Sport, 3rd revised edition, Great Barrington, MA: Berkshire Publishing Group, LLC, 2013.

Wrynn, A.M. “Lifeguarding Competitions,” in Karen Christensen and David Levinson, Eds., Berkshire Encyclopedia of World Sport, 3rd revised edition, Great Barrington, MA: Berkshire Publishing Group, LLC, 2013.

Wrynn, A.M. “The recent process of updating NAKHE’s Mission and Name,” Chronicle of Kinesiology in Higher Education, Vol. 24, No. 1 (2013), 4.

Smith, M.M.  & Wrynn, A.M. “Women in the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games: An Analysis of Participation and Leadership Opportunities,” A Women’s Sports Foundation Research Report, (2013). Available online: http://www.womenssportsfoundation.org/en/home/research/articles-and-reports/athletes/2012-olympic-report

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