Takehiro Iwatsuki, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Kinesiology
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Adler Athletic Complex, 205
Adler Athletic Complex
Penn State Altoona
Altoona, PA 16601

Takehiro Iwatsuki, an Assistant Professor with a specialization in Motor Learning & Control and Sport Psychology, joined the Department of Kinesiology in a tenure-track role at Penn State Altoona during fall 2018. He teaches Motor Learning and Control, Sport Psychology, Research Method, and Introductory Kinesiology. His research focuses on understanding ways of effective motor skill learning and enhancing motor performance. His work has been published in academic journals including the Journal of Sports Sciences, Psychological Research, Human Movement Science, Journal of Motor Behavior, and The Sport Psychologist, and one of which has been picked up by Runner’s World that has over 2 million viewers. During the summer of 2019, he was invited by 10 universities to be their guest speaker in Japan to provide a lecture on his areas of expertise and research work.

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Iwatsuki, T., Shih, H., Abdollahipour, Z., & Wulf, G. (2019). More bang for the buck: Autonomy support increases muscular efficiency. Psychological Research.

Chua, L., Katrina, D. M., Iwatsuki, T., Abdollahipour, Z., & Lewthwaite, R., &Wulf, G., (2019). Practice variability promotes an external focus of attention and enhances motor skill learning. Human Movement Science, 64, 307-319. doi:10.1016/j.humov.2019.02.015

Iwatsuki, T., Navalta, J., & Wulf, G. (2018). Autonomy enhances running efficiency. Journal of Sports Sciences. doi:10.1080/02640414.2018.1522939 (IF: 2.7)

Iwatsuki, T., Van Raalte, J., Brewer, B., Petipas, A., & Takahashi, M. (2018). Relations among reinvestment, self-regulation, and perception of choking under pressure. Journal of Human Kinetics, 65, 235-243. doi:10.2478/hukin-2018-0042 (IF: 1.5)

Van Raalte, J. L., Cornelius, A., Mullin, E., Brewer, W. B., Van Dyke, E., Johnson, A. J., & Iwatsuki, T. (2018). I will use declarative self-talk… or will I? Replication, extension, and meta-analyses. Sport Psychologist, 32,16-25. doi:10.1123/tsp.2016-0088 (IF: 1.4)

Wulf, G., Iwatsuki, T., Machin, B., Kellogg, J., Copeland, C., & Lewthwaite, R. (2018). Lassoing skill through learner choice. Journal of Motor Behavior, 50(3), 285-292. (IF: 1.5)

Iwatsuki, T., Abdollahipour, Z., Rudolf, P., Lewthwaite, L., & Wulf, G. (2017). Autonomy facilitates repeated maximum force productions. Human Movement Science, 55, 264-268. doi:10.1016/j.humov.2017.08.016 (IF: 2.1)

Hagiwara, G., Iwatsuki, T., Isogai, H., Van Raalte, J., & Brewer, B. (2017) Relationship among sport helplessness, depression, and social supports with teammates among American student-athletes. Journal of Physical Education and Sports, 17(2), 753-757. doi:10.7752/jpes.2017.02114

Iwatsuki, T., Takahashi, M., & Van Raalte, J. (2016). Effects of the intention to hit a disguised backhand drop shot on skilled tennis performance. International Journal of Sport Science & Coaching, 11(3), 365-373. doi: 10.1177/1747954116644063 (IF: 0.6)

Iwatsuki, T. & Wright, P. (2016). Relationship among movement reinvestment, decision-making reinvestment, and perceived choking under pressure. International Journal of Coaching Sciences, 10(1), 25-35.

Iwatsuki, T., Van Raalte, J., Brewer, B., Petipas, A., & Takahashi, M. (2016). Psychological factors related to choking under pressure. International Tennis Federation Coaching and Sport Science Review, 68, 11-12.

Iwatsuki, T. & Takahashi, M. (2014). Movement analysis of tennis backhand drop shot: Compare with backhand slice. Japanese Journal of Tennis Science, 22, 11-22.

Iwatsuki, T. & Takahashi, M. (2012). Game analysis between world-class tennis players on first services on different court surfaces: The case of Roger Federer versus Rafael Nadal. Japanese Journal of Tennis Science, 20, 1-12.

Iwatsuki, T., Takahashi, M., & Watanabe, S. (2011). The game analysis focused on first services of world-class men’s players. Journal of Physical Education, Health and Sport Science, 45, 19-26.

Takahashi, M., Mizukami, H., Suzuki, O., Sato, S., Kondo, K., & Iwatsuki, T. (2009). Relationships between bone mineral densities measured by an ultrasound bone densitometer and physical fitness and lifestyle in collegiate freshmen. Journal of Physical Education, Health and Sport Science, 44, 1-14.