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Thesis title

The role of heart rate variability indices in prevention of musculoskeletal overuse injuries in collegiate athletes

Area of study

Athletic monitoring, autonomic cardiovascular control, musculoskeletal overuse injuries, orthopedic physiotherapy

Educational background

- Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology, Summa Cum Laude, Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, USA
- Doctor of Physiotherapy, Duke University, USA
- Orthopedic Clinical Resident of Physiotherapy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA


Gisselman, A,S, Baxter G.D., Wright, A., Hededus, E. and Tumilty, S. (2016) Musculoskeletal overuse injuries and heart rate variability: Is there a link? Medical Hypotheses, 87


Gisselman, A.R.S (2016) “Comparison of two mobile devices for measuring resting HRV in healthy adults” CHARR seminar series

Gisselman, A.R.S., Arundale A.J., Ballengee, L., Richardson, E., Yanik, M.R., Nunley, J.A., Butler, R.J., Queen, R. (2012, February) The influence of increased BMI on sagittal plane gait mechanics between genders. American Physical Therapy Association combined sections meeting poster presenter, Chicago, USA.

Blog posts

Gisselman, A.R.S (2016) "The role of monitoring the autonomic nervous system in musculoskeletal overuse injury research" ithlete 08/02/2016

Academic service

BJSM associate editor

  • Contribute to BJSM's social media campaign to promote relevant news stories, journal articles, and posts to their sport science/medicine community
  • Monitor and respond to BJSM's Twitter community (34.2K followers)
  • Contribute to and engage with BJSM online blogging community through guest blog posts

NZFGW (Otago) Branch newsletter editor

  • Responsible for creation, compilation and editing of a monthly newsletter for the Otago branch of the NZFGW
  • NZFGW is a non-government, not-for-profit, charitable organisation and part of a global network of similar organisations in 61 countries which make up Graduate Women International (GWI). GWI's mission is to advocate for women's rights, equality and empowerment through access to quality secondary and tertiary education, and training up to the highest levels. Its vision is 100% of girls and women in the world achieving education beyond primary school.


2014-2017 University of Otago Doctoral Scholarship

Why did you choose the School of Phsyiotherapy?

University of Otago's Physiotherapy PhD program affords incredible opportunities to network and collaborate with an internationally diverse group of outstanding researchers and health care professionals. From the start of my PhD application process to our move to New Zealand, I have been impressed with their enthusiasm in my topic, approachability, support, reliability, and open communication. I am grateful for the school's steadfast commitment to tailoring the educational environment in order to meet the individual needs of each student. I remain humbled and honored to begin my PhD journey with the School of Physiotherapy at the University of Otago.

Best things about study

I love how the environment promotes both critical thinking and creativity. I've truly enjoyed the new relationships formed with fellow graduate students and advisors. I am also deeply appreciative for the guidance and support received from students, advisors, staff, and strangers as my husband and I make Dunedin our new home.


Angela Gisselman

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