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, 2012-current).
  • Haehn Campus Center/ Athletic Complex Building Committee (2009-2010).
  • Academic Policies Standards and Assessment Committee (2011-2012).
  • Common Curriculum Visioning Committee (Spring, 2015)

Creativity and Scholarship:

  • Referred Journal Articles:
  • Scholarly Presentations:
    • Myers, J., Sim-Campos, I., Iverson, M., & Fischer, D.V. (2015, May). Dynamic Postural Stability Index: Test-Retest Reliability When Landing from Three Types of Jumps. Presented at National ACSM Conference, San Diego, CA.
    • 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, September). Inspiring leaders certificate program: Effect on students' attitudes about leadership. Poster session presented at Thursday Forum, 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, RI.
    • 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, MI.
    • 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, MN. 
    • Fischer, D. V. (2004, October). An integrative approach to physical fitness. Presented at the Minnesota College Personnel Association Fall Conference, Collegeville, MN. 
  • 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, MN.
    • Fischer, D. V. (2005, November). Understanding the exercise patterns of college of saint benedict students. Presented at Friday Forum, Saint Joseph, MN.
    • Fischer, D. V. (2004, October). The influence of gender on resistance training adherence in division III female athletes. Presented at Friday Forum, Saint Joseph, MN.
    • Fischer, D. V. (2002, October). Proprioception in rehabilitation and strengthening programs. Presented at the Orthopedic Sports Center Fall Athletic Trainers Meeting, Saint Cloud, MN.
    • Fischer, D. V. (1998, April). The biomechanics of pitching. Presented at the Team Approach to Sports Medicine Conference, Saint Cloud, MN.
  • Mentored Student Research
    • Broback, C., Roehl, S., Scoblic, S., & Fischer, D.V. (2015, April). The Effect of Leg Dominance on Dynamic Postural Stability. Poster session presented at 2015 Northland Regional ACSM Spring Tutorial and at CSB/SJU Scholarship and Creativity Day in April of 2015.
    • Seldon, M. & Hodapp, B. (2015, April). The Relationship Between Ground Reaction Force and Softball Pitch Velocity. Poster session presented at 2015 Northland Regional ACSM Spring Tutorial and at CSB/SJU Scholarship and Creativity Day in April 2015.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Bailly, L.C. & Fischer, D.V. (2014, March). Identifying anaerobic lactate threshold by visual inspection: A study of validity and reliability. Presented at the 2014 American College of Sports Medicine Northland Chapter Spring Tutorial, Saint Paul, MN.
    • Iverson, M.E., Grootwassink, T.M., & Fischer, D.V. (2014, March). Monitoring dance performance intensity using rate of percieved exertion: A criterion validity study. Presented at the 2014 American College of Sports Medicine Northland Chapter Spring Tutorial, Saint Paul, MN.
    • Iverson, M.E., Grootwassink, T.M., & Fischer, D.V. (2014, March). Physiological demands of dance: A study of competitive DIII collegiate dancers. Presented at the 2014 American College of Sports Medicine Northland Chapter Spring Tutorial, Saint Paul, MN.
    • Myers, J.M., Sim-Campos, I.E., Iverson, M.E., & Fischer D.V. (March, 2014). Dynamic Postural Stability Index: Test-Retest Reliability When Landing from Three Types of Jumps. Presented at the 2014 American College of Sports Medicine Northland Chapter Spring Tutorial, Saint Paul, MN.
    • Schwab, K.J. & Fischer, D.V. (April, 2014). A Periodized, 52-week Training Program for a Women's Ice Hockey Team. Presented at the 2014 American College of Sports Medicine Northland Chapter Spring Tutorial, Saint Paul, MN.
    • Babcock, C., Roye, P., Secor, D., & Fischer, D.V. (April, 2013). First step length and 20-meter sprint time in male collegiate track and field sprinters. Presented at the 2013 CSB/SJU Celebrating Scholarship and Creativity Day, Saint Joseph, MN.
    • Bersheit, D., Von Arb, H., Weyrauch, L. & Fischer, D.V. (April, 2013). The relationship of core stability to static and dynamic balance. Presented at the 2013 CSB/SJU Celebrating Scholarship and Creativity Day, Saint Joseph, MN.
    • Busch, D., LeGarde, R., Bouchard, C., & Fischer, D.V. (April, 2013). Foot strike patterns of division III female cross country runners: Comparison of three footwear conditions. Presented at the 2013 CSB/SJU Celebrating Scholarship and Creativity Day, Saint Joseph, MN.
    • Schwab, K., Palmer, A., Bouchard, C., & Fischer, D.V. (April, 2013). The effects of fatigue at the gastro-soleus complex on dynamic balance during a single-leg landing.  Presented at the 2013 CSB/SJU Celebrating Scholarship and Creativity Day, Saint Joseph, MN.
    • Vanderheyden, H., Dudek, C., & Fischer, D.V. (April, 2013). Effect of ankle taping on vertical jump performance before and after participation in basketball drills.  Presented at the 2013 CSB/SJU Celebrating Scholarship and Creativity Day, Saint Joseph, MN.
    • Broback, T., Hanowski, M., Krieger, A., & Fischer, D.V. (April, 2013). Compensatory movement patterns of agility and non-agility sport atheletes.  Presented at the 2013 CSB/SJU Celebrating Scholarship and Creativity Day, Saint Joseph, MN.
    • Burk, K., Imholte, S., Kahat, D., Chamber, E., & Fischer, D.V. (April, 2013). Movement characteristics and prior injury in agility and non-agility sports.  Presented at the 2013 CSB/SJU Celebrating Scholarship and Creativity Day, Saint Joseph, MN.
    • Iverson, M., Grootwassink, T., Hanson, A., Bouchard, C., & Fischer, D.V. (April, 2013). A comparison of injury risk determined by laboratory and field tests.  Presented at the 2013 CSB/SJU Celebrating Scholarship and Creativity Day, Saint Joseph, MN.

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:

  •  Physical Therapist
  • 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 Award (2013).
  • Academic Advisor of the Year nominee (2012).
  • Club Advisor of the Year nominee (2012).
  • Club Advisor of the Year Award (2011).
  • 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.
Don Fischer