Richard Ray, EdD is coordinator of the athletic training program and associate professor of kinesiology at Hope College in Holland, Michigan. He has directed the school's sports medicine program since 1982 and is a recognized leader in the field of athletic training.
Counseling in Sports Medicine is the third Human Kinetics offering from Ray who also penned the popular texts Management Strategies in Athletic Training and Case Studies in Athletic Training Administration.
Beginning in 1999, Dr. Ray will serve as editor of Athletic Therapy Today, and he has served as associate editor of the Journal of Athletic Training. He was chair of the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) Education Task Force and is a member and past president of both the Great Lakes Athletic Trainers Association and the Michigan Athletic Trainers Society (MATS). In 1993, Ray was named to the Educational Advisory Board of the Gatorade Sport Science Institute.
Ray received an MA in physical education from Western Michigan University in 1980 and an EdD in educational leadership from WMU in 1990. He graduated Summa Cum Laude in both graduate programs and was honored as a Graduate Research and Creative Scholar by the school in 1990. In 1995, Ray received the Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award from the MATS.
Diane M. Wiese-Bjornstal, PhD is an associate professor and director of Graduate Studies for the School of Kinesiology and Leisure Studies at the University of Minnesota.
Dr. Wiese-Bjornstal has taught and conducted research in sport psychology since 1989. Prior to that she was the head softball and volleyball coach at Northwestern College, Orange City, Iowa, and head softball coach at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.
She is an editorial board member of the Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, The Sport Psychologist, Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, and Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport. Her research on the psychological and sociological aspects of sport injury has been published in a variety of academic journals.
She is a member of the Association for the Advancement of Applied Sport Psychology (AAASP) and the American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. In 1993, she received the Dorothy V. Harris Young Scholar/Practitioner Award from the AAASP. Wiese-Bjornstal earned an MS in physical education from Springfield College in 1983 and a PhD in physical education from the University of Oregon in 1989.