Alison Wrynn, a faculty member in the Kinesiology Department at Cal State Long Beach (CSULB) has been presented with the International Society for the History of Physical Education and Sport (ISHPES) Award for her outstanding contributions and research into the history of sport.
Wrynn received the award at the recent 14th Congress of the ISHPES in Taipei, Taiwan.
“It’s a great honor. This is a group I have been part of for a decade,” said Wrynn, who been a member of the CSULB faculty since 2000. “It’s always nice to be recognized by your peers for your work. This is a chance to share my work with a broad international audience.”
The five-day international physical education and sports conference attracted more than 150 delegates from 28 nations, including England, Germany, Qatar and Croatia. Wrynn presented her research on the history of disciplinary boundaries among physical education, physical therapy and therapeutic massage. She also served as a member of a panel that examined the topic of cross cultural exchanges between Asian and Western sports.
“My work focuses on the history of the discipline of kinesiology or what used to be called physical education,” she explained. “I do quite a bit of work on the creation of the profession of physical education as well as allied health professions like athletic training and physical therapy which both come out of physical education.”
ISHPES 2013 was hosted by the Department of Physical Education of National Taiwan Normal University with assistance from the Sports Administration, the National Science Council, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Taipei City Government.
Wrynn studies the history of allied health fields related to kinesiology such as athletic training and physical therapy. She has co-authored three reports for the Women’s Sports Foundation on gender, leadership and participation in the Olympic Movement. She is a member of the National Academy of Kinesiology and the first woman to edit the Journal of Sport History. Her most recent publication—co-authored with three physicians—is “Dr. Frances A. Hellebrandt: Pioneering Physiologist, Physiatrist, and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Program Visionary” in PM&R: The Journal of Injury, Function and Rehabilitation.
Wrynn joined CSULB after three years at the State University of New York, Cortland. She received her B.S. in physical education magna cum laude from Springfield College, her master’s degree in the sociocultural study of sport from CSULB in 1989, and her Ph.D. in sport history from UC Berkeley in 1996.