Interim Head, Division of Education, Human Development, and Social Sciences. Associate Professor of Kinesiology.
Pennsylvania State University - Altoona College
Articles in Refereed Journals
Hopsicker, P. and Hochstetler, D. 2014. “Finding the ‘Me’ in Endurance Sports: An Apology for Runners & Joggers and Cyclists & Riders.” Kinesiology Review, 3:3, 161-171.
Hopsicker, P. “The Importance of Imagination in Aesthetic Experience: A Polanyian Response to Elcombe.” Journal of the Philosophy of Sport. (Fall 2014).
Hopsicker, P.”Racing with Death: The Not-So-Ordinary Happenings of the 1932 Lake Placid Olympic Bobsled Events,” Journal of Sport History. 41 1 (Spring 2014): 75-95.
Hopsicker, P. “A Modern Conception of Flesh: Towards a Theology of Disability Sport." Journal of Disability and Religion. 18 1 (2014) 82-96.
Hopsicker, P. “The Value of the Inexact: An Apology for Inaccurate Motor Performance.” Journal of the Philosophy of Sport. 40 1 (May 2013): 65-83.
Hochstetler, D. and Hopsicker, P. “The Heights of Humanity: Endurance Sport and the Strenuous Mood.” Journal of the Philosophy of Sport. 39 (May 2012): 117-135.
Hopsicker, P. “In Search of the ‘Sporting Genius’: Exploring the Benchmarks to Creative Behavior in Sporting Activity.” Journal of the Philosophy of Sport. 38 1 (May 2011): 113-127.
Jirasek, I. and Hopsicker, P. “Philosophical Kinanthropology (Philosophy of Physical Culture, Philosophy of Sport) in Slavonic Countries: The Culture, the Writers, and the Current Directions.” Journal of the Philosophy of Sport. 37 2 (October 2010): 253-270.
Hopsicker, P. and Hurych, E. “Selected Philosophy of Sport/Movement Culture Texts in English and Slavonic (2009-2010).” International Journal of Physical Education, XLVII (4th Quarter 2010): 2-16.
Hopsicker, P. “Defying the Restrictions: The Adirondack Mountain Club Answers the ‘Jewish Question’.” New York History. 91 2 (Spring 2010): 124-145.
Hopsicker, P. “Legalizing the 1932 Lake Placid Bob-run: A Test of the Adirondack Wilderness Culture.” Olympika, XVII (2009): 99-119.
Hopsicker, P. “‘No Hebrews Allowed’: How the 1932 Lake Placid Winter Olympic Games Survived the ‘Restricted’ Adirondack Culture, 1877-1932.” Journal of Sport History, 36 3 (Summer 2009): 205-222.
Hopsicker, P. “Polanyi’s ‘From-To’ Knowing and His Contribution to the Phenomenology of Skilled Motor Behavior.” Journal of the Philosophy of Sport, 36 1 (May 2009): 76-87.
Hopsicker, P. “Miracles in Sport: Finding the ‘Ears to Hear’ and the ‘Eyes to See.’” Sport, Ethics and Philosophy, 3 1 (April 2009): 75-93.
Hopsicker, P. and Jirásek, I. “Selected Philosophy of Sport/Movement Culture Texts in English and Slavonic (2007-2008).” International Journal of Physical Education, XLV (4th Quarter 2008): 162-176.
Hopsicker, P. and Jirásek, I. “Selected Philosophy of Sport/Movement Culture Texts in English and Slavonic (2005-2006).” International Journal of Physical Education, XLIII (4th Quarter 2006): 140-155.
Hopsicker, P. “The Adirondack Guide: The Wilderness Representative of Invasion and Invitation into an Imagined Community.” New York History, 87 3 (Summer 2006): 345-363.
Ennis, C.D., Cothran, D.J., Davidson, K.S., Loftus, S.J., Owens, L., Swanson, L., & Hopsicker, P. “Implementing Curriculum Within a Context of Fear and Disengagement.” Journal of Teaching in Physical Education, 17 (1997): 52-71.
Kretchmar, R.S. and Hopsicker, P. (eds.) Critical Concepts in Sport Studies: The Philosophy of Sport. Routledge Publishers. Four-volume reference work. September 2014.
Hopsicker, P. and Jirasek, I. “Sport Philosophy Around the World.” In The Bloomsbury Companion to the Philosophy of Sport, ed. Cesar R. Torres, 320-337. London: Bloomsbury, 2014.
Hopsicker, P. and Carlson, C. “To Play or to Parent?: An Analysis of the Adult-Child Interaction in Make-Believe Games.” In The Philosophy of Play, eds. E. Ryall, W. Russell and M. MacLean, 175-184. UK: Routledge, 2013.
Hopsicker, P. “Learning to Ride a Bike.” In Cycling and Philosophy, ed. J. Ilundain-Agurraza and M. Austin, 16-26. West Sussex, UK: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010.
Hochstetler, D., Hopsicker, P., and Kretchmar, R.S. “The Ambiguity of Embodiment and Sport: Overcoming Theological Dichotomies.” In The Image of God in the Human Body: Essays on Christianity and Sports, eds. D. Deardorf and J. White, 61-78. Lewiston, New York: The Edwin Mellen Press, 2008.
Hopsicker, P. and Dyreson, M. “Super Bowl Sunday: An American Holiday?” In American Holidays and National Days, ed. Len Travers, 30-54. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 2006.
Hopsicker, P. 2013. Review of Pragmatism and the Philosophy of Sport, edited by Richard Lally, Douglas Anderson, and John Kaag. Sport, Ethics, and Philosophy, 7 4: 474-479. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17511321.2013.852236
Hopsicker, P. 2012. Review of Sport as a Spiritual Practice: Mastery, Failure, and Transcendence in the Life of Athletes, by Richard Hutch. Journal of Sport History, 39 3 (Fall): 544-545.
Hopsicker, P. 2010. Review of Sport and Spirituality: An Introduction, by Jim Parry, Simon Robinson, Nick J. Watson, and Mark Nesti. Journal of Intercollegiate Sport, 3: 382-385.
Hopsicker, P. 2005. Review of Spirituality of Sport: Balancing Body and Soul, by Susan Saint Sing. Journal of the Philosophy of Sport. 32 (October): 227-229.
Hopsicker, P. “Is Super Bowl Sunday an American Holiday?” North American Society for Sport History Proceedings, 2005.
Hopsicker, P. “Forever Wild”: Building the Lake Placid Bobsled Run.” North American Society for Sport History Proceedings, 2004.
Hopsicker, P. “The Adirondack Guide: The Wilderness Representative of Invasion and Invitation into an Imagined Community.” North American Society for Sport History Proceedings, 2003.
Hopsicker, P. “Super Sunday.” Ivy Leaf: The Penn State Altoona Magazine, Spring 2006, 14-15.
Hopsicker, P. “PSU needs to call an audible,” The Altoona Mirror (Altoona, Pennsylvania), 31 October 2010, sec. C, pg. 3.
Hopsicker, P. “Cheats have always existed in sport – it’s no reason to lose the faith,” The Guardian (UK), 12 October 2010, sec. G1, pg. 35.
Hopsicker, P. “One can learn a lesson on love from dog,” The Altoona Mirror (Altoona, Pennsylvania), 16 May 2010, sec. A, pg. 4.
Hopsicker, P. “Pick your bracket…in color!,” The Altoona Mirror (Altoona, Pennsylvania), 11 March 2007, sec. C, pg. 2.
Hopsicker, P. “Presidents find day super, too,” The Altoona Mirror (Altoona, Pennsylvania), 4 February 2007, sec. C, pg. 2.
Hopsicker, P. “Youth sports programs need a dose of this Guy’s priorities,” The Times-Tribune (Scranton, Pennsylvania), 3 December 2006, sec. D, pg. 5.
Dyreson, M. and Hopsicker, P. “Super Bowl is America’s democratic consumer holiday,” The Morning Call, 3 February 2006, sec. A, pg. 9. (Also published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Centre Daily Times (State College, PA).