Don Fischer

Associate Professor
Department of Exercise Science and Sport Studies Chair

Year at CSB/SJU: Since 2000

Education:

  • 1993: Master of Science degree in Physical Therapy from Arcadia University
  • 1991: Bachelors degree in Physical Education with emphasis in Athletic Training from Saint Cloud State University

Academic Load:

  • Kinesiology
  • Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries
  • Principles of Strength Training and Conditioning
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • Internship Moderator

Institutional Service:

  • Exercise Science and Sports Studies Department Chair (2004- current).
  • Exercise Science and Sports Studies Assessment Coordinator (2004- current).
  • Pre-Physical Therapy Advisor (2003- current).
  • Pre-Occupational Therapy Advisor (2013- current).
  • Faculty Advisor for the Allied Heath Club (2008- current).
  • Master Planning Committee (2011-current).
  • Institutional Review Board (2006-2011).
  • Haehn Campus Center/ Athletic Complex Building Committee (2009-2010).
  • Academic Policies Standards and Assessment Committee (2011-2012).

Creativity and Scholarship:

  • Referred Journal Articles:
    • Wielkiewicz, R. M., Fischer, D. V., Stelzner, S. P., Overland, M., & Sinner, A. M. (in press). Leadership attitudes and beliefs of incoming first-year college students: A multi-institutional study of gender differences. Journal of Leadership Education, 11(2), 1-25. http://leadershipeducators.org/Resources/Documents/jole/2012_summer/Wielkiewicz%20Fischer%20Stelzner%20Overland%20_%20Sinner.pdf
    • Fischer, D. V., Overland, M., & Adams, L. (2010). Leadership attitudes and beliefs of incoming first year college students. Journal of Leadership Education, 9(1), 1-16. http://leadershipeducators.org/Resources/Documents/jole/2010_winter/JOLE_9_1_Fischer_Overland_Adams.pdf.
    • Fischer, D. V. & Bryant, J. (2008). The effect of certified personal trainer services on stage of exercise behavior and exercise mediators in female college students. Journal of American College Health, 56(4), 369-376.
    • Fischer, D. V. (2006). Neuromuscular training to prevent anterior cruciate ligament tnjury in the female athlete. Strength and Conditioning Journal, 28(5), 44-54.
    • Fischer, D. V. (2005). Strategies for improving resistance training adherence in female athletes. Strength and Conditioning Journal, 27(2), 60-65.
  • Conference Presentations:
    • Hagen, M. A., Bouchard, C. E., Donohue, J. M., Stenson, M. C., & Fischer, D. V. (2012, March; 2012, April). Do division III cross country runners experience the intended coach prescribed training impulse (TRIMP)? Poster session presented at the 2012 American College of Sports Medicine Northland Chapter Spring Tutorial, Saint Paul, MN and at the 2012 CSB/SJU Celebrating Scholarship and Creativity Day, Saint Joseph, MN. Awarded 4th place in the Undergraduate Research category at the 2012 American College of Sports Medicine Northland Chapter Spring Tutorial.
    • Hanson, A. M., Stenson, M. C., & Fischer, D. V. (2012, March; 2012, April). Use of Rate of Perceived Exertion Measured During Progressive Treadmill Testing. Poster session presented at the 2012 American College of Sports Medicine Northland Chapter Spring Tutorial, Saint Paul, MN and at the 2012 CSB/SJU Celebrating Scholarship and Creativity Day, Saint Joseph, MN.
    • Krieger, A. E., Stenson, M. C., & Fischer, D. V. (2012, March; 2012, April). Relationship between Rate of Perceived Exertion and Blood Lactate Concentration in Female Cross Country Runners. Poster session presented at the 2012 American College of Sports Medicine Northland Chapter Spring Tutorial, Saint Paul, MN and at the 2012 CSB/SJU Celebrating Scholarship and Creativity Day, Saint Joseph, MN.
    • Schlangen, D. M., & Schoenecker, J. H., Stenson, M. C., & Fischer, D. V. (2012, March; 2012, April). Calculating training impulse: A comparison of three methods. Poster session presented at the 2012 American College of Sports Medicine Northland Chapter Spring Tutorial, Saint Paul, MN and at the 2012 CSB/SJU Celebrating Scholarship and Creativity Day, Saint Joseph, MN. Awarded 5th place in the Undergraduate Research category at the 2012 American College of Sports Medicine Northland Chapter Spring Tutorial.
    • Woelfel, J. R., Schwab, K. J.,  Helmer, J. L., & Tobias, A. M., Fischer, D. V., & Stenson, M. C. (2012, April). Effects of cold water immersion on competitive female dancers during 3 days of unaccustomed training. Poster session presented at the 2012 American College of Sports Medicine Northland Chapter Spring Tutorial, Saint Paul, MN and at the 2012 CSB/SJU Celebrating Scholarship and Creativity Day, Saint Joseph, MN.
    • Fischer, D. V., Wielkiewicz, R. M., Stelzner, S. P., Overland, M., & Sinner, A. M. (2011, July). Incoming first-year college students' leadership beliefs and perceptions: Implications for leadership development programming. Poster session presented at the Association of Leadership Educators Annual Conference, Denver, CO.
    • Sinner, A., Wielkiewicz, R. M., Fischer, D. V., Overland, M., & Stelzner, S. P. (2011, August). Leadership attitudes and beliefs: Changes in four years at CSB/SJU. Poster session presented at the CSB/SJU Summer Research Poster Session, Collegeville, MN.
    • Sinner, A., Wielkiewicz, R. M., Fischer, D. V., Overland, M., & Stelzner, S. P. (2011, September). Inspiring leaders certificate program: Effect on students' attitudes about leadership. Poster session presented at Thursday Forum, Saint Joseph, MN.
    • Willaert, A. A., Rewitzer, B. L., Schmit, M. R.,  Dykhoff, S. P., & Fischer, D. V. (2011, March; 2011, April). Physiological characteristics of division III and division I/elite female soccer players. Poster session presented at the 2011 American College of Sports Medicine Northland Chapter Spring Tutorial, Saint Paul, MN and at the 2011 CSB/SJU Celebrating Scholarship and Creativity Day, Saint Joseph, MN.
    • Boo, M. E., Buermann, M. E., & Willaert, E. M., & Fischer, D. V. (2011, March; 2011, April). Physiological and biochemical factors influencing distance running performance. Poster session presented at the 2011 American College of Sports Medicine Northland Chapter Spring Tutorial, Saint Paul, MN and at the 2011 CSB/SJU Celebrating Scholarship and Creativity Day, Saint Joseph, MN.
    • Fischer, D. V. (2009, July). Leadership attitudes and beliefs of incoming first year students Poster presented at the Association for Leadership Educators Conference, Providence, Rhode Island.
    • Fischer, D. V. (2006, July). The effectiveness of certified personal trainer services in promoting exercise adherence in female college students. Poster presented at the National Wellness Conference, Stevens Point, Wisconsin.
    • LaFountaine, J. & Fischer D. V. (2006, July). Training Athletes with Minimal Equipment. Poster presented at the National Coaching Educator's Conference, East Lancing, Michigan.
    • Fischer, D. V. (2005, May) A functional training approach to developing strength and conditioning programs. Presented at the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Athletic Training Conference, Saint Paul, Minnesota.
    • Fischer, D. V. (2004, October). An integrative approach to physical fitness. Presented at the Minnesota College Personnel Association Fall Conference, Collegeville, Minnesota. October 14, 2004.
    • Fischer, D. V. (2004, October). An integrative approach to physical fitness. Presented at the Minnesota College Personnel Association Fall Conference, Collegeville, Minnesota. October 14, 2004.
  • Professional Presentations:
    • Fischer, D. V. (2005, December). Understanding the exercise patterns of college of saint benedict students. Presented at the Brown Bag Lunch Forum, Saint Joseph, Minnesota.
    • Fischer, D. V. (2005, November). Understanding the exercise patterns of college of saint benedict students. Presented at Friday Forum, Saint Joseph, Minnesota.
    • Fischer, D. V. (2004, October). The influence of gender on resistance training adherence in division III female athletes. Presented at Friday Forum, Saint Joseph, Minnesota.
    • Fischer, D. V. (2002, October). Proprioception in rehabilitation and strengthening programs. Presented at the Orthopedic Sports Center Fall Athletic Trainers Meeting, Saint Cloud, Minnesota.
    • Fischer, D. V. (1998, April). The biomechanics of pitching. Presented at the Team Approach to Sports Medicine Conference, Saint Cloud, Minnesota.

Additional Experience:

  • Strength and Conditioning Coach for the College of Saint Benedict (2001-2011).
  • Orthopedics Sports Physical Therapist and Certified Athletic Trainer at the Orthopedics Sports Center in St. Cloud Minnesota (1993-2000).

Registrations/Certifications:

  • Registered Physical Therapist in the State of Minnesota
  • Certified Athletic Trainer
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist

Professional Organization:

  • Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Sections of the American Physical Therapy Association
  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)
  • Minnesota Physical Therapy Association (MPTA)
  • National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA)
  • Minnesota Athletic Trainers Association (MATA)
  • National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)
  • American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)

Awards

  • Academic Advisor of the Year nominee (2012).
  • Club Advisor of the Year nominee (2012).
  • Recipient of the 2001-2002 Blazer Athletics Inspirational Award which recognizes the individual or individuals who demonstrate qualities and values to which the student-athletes aspire to emulate.
  • College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University Social Science Division Academic Advisor of the Year Award (2006)

Family

  • Don and his wife Anita reside in St. Joseph with their three children.
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