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

  • Sharotry, A., Jimenez, J. A., Wierschem, D., Mendez Mediavilla, F. A., Koldenhoven, R. M., Valles, D., … Aslan, S. (2021). A Digital Twin Framework for Real-Time Analysis and Feedback of Repetitive Work in the Manual Material Handling Industry (pp. 2637–2648). https://doi.org/10.1109/WSC48552.2020.9384043
  • 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
  • Sharotry, A., Jimenez, J. A., Mendez, F. A., Wierschem, D. C., Rolfe, R. M., & Valles Molina, D. (2020). Manufacturing operator ergonomics: A conceptual digital twin approach to detect biomechanical fatigue. IEEE Access.
  • 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.

Selected Awards

  • Award / Honor Recipient: Free Communications Award for Early-Career, National Athletic Trainers' Association. February 18, 2020
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Top Cited Article 2021-2022, Wiley. February 21, 2023
  • Award / Honor Recipient: College Achievement Award, Presidential Awards Program at Texas State University. February 13, 2023
  • Award / Honor Nominee: David H. Perrin Doctoral Dissertation Award, National Athletic Trainers' Association Foundation. October 2021 - December 2021
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Faculty Namesake for Bobcat Preview, Bobcat Preview at Texas State University. August 2020 - May 2021

Selected Grants

  • Koldenhoven, Rachel Mary (Principal), Lally, Erin Marie (Co-Principal). Clinically Accessible Gait Training Strategies for Individuals with Chronic Ankle Instability, Texas State University, $16000. (Submitted: October 6, 2023, Funded: January 2024 - May 2025). Grant.
  • 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.
  • Farrell III, John W (Principal), Thomas, Krista Allie (Co-Principal), Jimenez, Jesus (Supporting), Rolfe, Rachel M. The integration of physiological and biomechanical measures to enhance engagement with adaptive sports and recreation for manual wheelchair users, Materials Application Research Center, Texas State University, $89892. (Funded: November 2022 - Present). Grant.
  • Valles Molina, Damian, Liu, Ting (Co-Principal), Resendiz, Maria D (Supporting), Aslan, Semih (Supporting), Farrell, John Wayland (Supporting), Li, Yumeng (Supporting), Rolfe, Rachel M. (Supporting). REU Site: Undergraduate Research Experiences in Machine Learning, Analytics, and Augmented Reality for Smart and Connected Health, National Science Foundation, Federal, $344029. (Submitted: August 2021, Funded: January 2022 - December 2024). Grant.
  • Koldenhoven, Rachel M (Principal). Effects of Biofeedback and Impairment-Based Rehabilitation in Individuals with Chronic Ankle Instability, National Athletic Trainer’s Association, Dissertation Award, Private / Foundation / Corporate, $2500. (Funded: July 2018). Grant.

Selected Service Activities

Athletic Training Student Injury Clinic
February 2023-Present
Reviewer / Referee
Translational Journal of the American College of Sports Medicine
August 2022-Present
Board Member
Two Rivers Running
January 2021-Present
Reviewer / Referee
Journal of Athletic Training
Reviewer / Referee
Sports Biomechanics