Les Podlog, PhD portrait
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Health Promotion & Education
  • Associate Professor, Health-Kinesiology-Recreation

Research Summary

My primary research interest focuses on the psychosocial aspects of a return to sport following serious injury. This research aims to identify the psychosocial factors influencing formerly injured athletes’ re-entry into competitive sport. Presently, I am extending this research to examine injury rehabilitation processes among injured Marine recruits and to non-athletic performers. My research also focuses on identifying physical activity precursors and encouraging active living.


  • Ph.D., School of Human Movement and Exercise Science, University of Western Australia
  • M.A., Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Simon Fraser University
  • B.A., Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Simon Fraser University


I am originally from Calgary, Canada and attended Simon Fraser University where I received my Bachelors and Masters degree in Sociology. While at Simon Fraser, I was a member of the Varsity wrestling team where I unfortunately experienced numerous injuries. Such experiences led to my academic interest in the psychology of sport injury, a topic I pursued as a focus for my  doctoral studies at the University of Western Australia in Perth, Australia. Following completion of my Ph.D. in 2006, I accepted a tenure track position at Charles Sturt University in Bathurst, Australia. From 2008-2011 I was employed as an Assistant Professor at Texas Tech University before arriving at the University of Utah. Currently, I teach Sport and Exercise Psychology and continue to research the psychology of injury and return to sport/daily activity.