Faculty Profile for Dr. Rachel Koldenho Rolfe

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Dr. Rachel Koldenho Rolfe
Assistant Professor — Dept of Health & Human Performance
JOW A116
phone: (512) 245-2561

Biography Section

Biography and Education

Dr. Koldenhoven Rolfe is an assistant professor in Athletic Training in the Department of Health and Human Performance. She received a Bachelor's of Science in Athletic Training from Illinois State University (2014), a Master's of Education in Athletic Training from the University of Virginia (2015), and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Education - Sports Medicine from the University of Virginia (2019). Prior to arriving at Texas State University, she worked as a clinical research coordinator in pediatric orthopaedics while conducting work for her doctoral degree. Dr. Koldenhoven Rolfe’s research interests focus on adaptations in gait and functional movements in individuals with chronic ankle instability and providing treatment through impairment-based rehabilitation strategies. She also studies gait biomechanics in a variety of populations using traditional laboratory equipment as well as wearable sensors.

Selected Scholarly/Creative Work

  • Koldenhoven, R. M., Martin, K., Jaffri, A. H., Saliba, S., & Hertel, J. (2021). Walking Gait Mechanics and Gaze Fixation in Individuals with Chronic Ankle Instability. Journal of Sport Rehabilitation, 30(2), 286–292. https://doi.org/10.1123/jsr.2019-0288
  • Koldenhoven, R. M., Virostek, A., DeJong, A. F., Higgins, M., & Hertel, J. (2020). Increased Contact Time and Strength Deficits in Runners with Exercise Related Lower Leg Pain. Journal of Athletic Training, 55(12), 1247–1254. https://doi.org/10.4085/1062-6050-0514.19
  • Koldenhoven, R. M., Jaffri, A. H., DeJong, A. F., Abel, M. F., Saliba, S., Hart, J., & Hertel, J. (2020). Gait Biofeedback and Impairment-Based Rehabilitation for Chronic Ankle Instability: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Journal of Athletic Training, 55, S-26.
  • Koldenhoven, R. M., Abel, M. F., Saliba, S., Hart, J., & Hertel, J. (2019). Gait Kinematics & Kinetics at Three Walking Speeds in Individuals with Chronic Ankle Instability and Ankle Sprain Copers. Gait & Posture.
  • Li, Y., Koldenhoven, R., Liu, T., & Venuti, C. E. (2021). Age-related gait development in children with autism spectrum disorder. Gait & Posture, 84, 260–266. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gaitpost.2020.12.022

Selected Awards

  • Award / Honor Recipient: Free Communications Award for Early-Career, National Athletic Trainers' Association. February 18, 2020
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Faculty Namesake for Bobcat Preview, Bobcat Preview. August 2020 - May 2021
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Gansneder Outstanding Quantitative Dissertation Award, University of Virginia. May 19, 2019
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Doctoral Poster Winner, NATA Research & Education Foundation. June 2018
  • Award / Honor Recipient: NATA Foundation Scholarship, National Athletic Trainers' Association. June 2018

Selected Grants

  • Koldenhoven, Rachel Mary (Principal), Jimenez, Jesus (Co-Principal). Biomechanics of Lifting, Pushing, and Pulling Tasks in Inexperienced and Experienced Industry Workers, Texas State University, $16000. (Submitted: October 8, 2019, Funded: January 2020 - May 2021). Grant.
  • Koldenhoven, Rachel M (Principal). National Athletic Trainer’s Association, Dissertation Award, $2500. (Funded: July 2018). Grant.
  • Koldenhoven, Rachel M (Principal). Mid-Atlantic Athletic Trainer’s Association, Dissertation Award, $1000. (Funded: November 2017). Grant.
  • Koldenhoven, Rachel M (Principal). Curry School of Education, IDEAs (Innovative, Developmental, Exploratory Awards) Dissertation Award, $1000. (Funded: June 2017 - June 2018). Grant.

Selected Service Activities

Reviewer / Referee
Journal of Foot and Ankle Research
January 2021-Present
Reviewer / Referee
Human Movement Science
Reviewer / Referee
Journal of Athletic Training
Reviewer / Referee
Physical Therapy in Sport
Reviewer / Referee
Sports Biomechanics