Dr. Christopher Viesselman

Title: Assoc Prof of Kinesiology & Health Pro
Dept.: Kinesiology
Office: Wellness Center B214

Dr. Viesselman is the Program Director for the Master of Science in Athletic Training and Assistant Professor of Kinesiology. During the last 17 years, he has dedicated his career to advancing the profession of athletic training. He has spent a majority of his sports medicine career working and teaching in the collegiate setting but has continued to support new athletic trainers and other practitioners in the field. In 2011, the Iowa Athletic Trainers' Society (IATS) recognized him as the Iowa Athletic Training Educator of the Year for his dedication to athletic training education and the continual advancement of the profession. Dr. Viesselman has also presented advanced practice techniques and research in athletic training leadership at local and regional conferences. He believes it is important to give back to the profession and has served in multiple leadership positions to support and promote athletic training in Iowa. As a member of the IATS' Executive Committee, he helped develop and lobby for new legislation to increase the protection of high school athletes in Iowa.

Academic History

  • 2014 Ed.D.,Higher Education Administration, Northeastern University
    • Thesis: Socialization of first-time athletic training education program directors.
  • 2005 M.Ed., Athletic Training, Plymouth State University
    • Thesis: The effect of an ankle brace on time to stabilization following a jump landing.
  • 2001 B.S., Exercise Science, Iowa State University
    • Major Emphasis: Athletic Training 

Start Date at Grand View

  • August 2015

Areas of Expertise

  • Functional assessment of human motion and prevention of injuries
  • Application of manual therapy and functional rehabilitation techniques for enhancing recovery and healing after injury

Research / Accomplishments

  • Socialization of clinical practitioners transitioning into faculty positions in higher education.
  • Presented on multiple topics in athletic training and sports medicine focusing on improving clinical practice.
  • Iowa Athletic Training Educator of the Year 2011

Questions & Answers

What makes Grand View unique among other universities?
We are unique because of our location in the Des Moines metro and our community partners that provide students with many different learning opportunities. 
What is your favorite part about working at Grand View?
My favorite part of working at Grand View is being able to engage with students and support their specific needs to learn and apply athletic training knowledge and skills. 
Dr. Chris Viesselman