Rainer Martens Papers, 1977-2012 | University of Illinois Archives
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Rainer Martens is a former Professor of Kinesiology at the University of Illinois (1968-1984) and the founder and president of Human Kinetics, the world's largest publisher of sport, physical activity, and health resources as of 2020. Martens served as president of the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education and the North American Society for Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity. He was a board member of many organizations, including the American College of Sports Medicine, the National Association for Physical Education in Higher Education, and the American Academy of Physical Education. Rainer Martens served on the Executive Council of Kids Wrestling International (1977-1981) and the Boys Clubs of America National Advisory Council (1982-1984). He was also the Sports Medicine Director of USA Wrestling (1977-1982). Martens was the U.S. Nordic Ski Teams Sport Psychologist from 1978 until 1984 and accompanied the team to the 1984 Winter Olympic Games in Sarajevo. Over the course of his long career as coach, professor, researcher, and publisher, Rainer Martens received numerous awards and recognitions, including the Soccer Association for Youth Gold Ball Award (1985) and the Meritorious Service Award of the National Recreation and Park Association (1987). Martens was inducted into the National Association of Sport and Physical Education Hall of Fame in 2001 and the National Senior Softball Hall of Fame in 2009.
Rainer Martens's papers include correspondence, talks, and documentation related to Martens's activities as Professor and President of Human Kinetics. Also included are Martens's publications.
This collection is arranged into two series: Series 1: Subject Files and Correspondence, 1977-1998, arranged alphabetically; Series 2: Publications, 1977-2012, listing articles and books, each arranged chronologically.