Tag Archives: Sports

Kinesiology department names new chairperson

Kinesiology department names new chairperson

Alan L. Smith, a leading researcher on the links between physical activity and youth development, has been selected as the next chairperson of the Department of Kinesiology at Michigan State University. Pending approval of his faculty appointment by the university Board of Trustees, he is set to begin the job on Aug. 16, 2012. Smith… Read More »

Study connects sports to positive positive youth development

Study connects sports to positive positive youth development

Researchers from Michigan State University’s Institute for the Study of Youth Sports (ISYS) have found that underserved youth report more life skill and character development when their sports coaches place greater emphasis on creating caring climates. This involves the coach creating an atmosphere that focuses on player self-improvement versus players’ comparing and competing with teammates.… Read More »

Stumbling in the sports spotlight – the right way

Stumbling in the sports spotlight – the right way

Billy Cundiff of the Baltimore Ravens and Kyle Williams of the San Francisco 49ers have been under public scrutiny since making major mistakes during their teams’ NFL playoff games. Their response to the incidents could be just as important as what happens on the field, according to Larry Lauer of the Institute for the Study… Read More »

Kinesiology graduate receives dissertation award from NASPE

Kinesiology graduate receives dissertation award from NASPE

The National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) has presented Michigan State University kinesiology graduate Sheila Kelly with a 2012 Sport and Exercise Psychology Dissertation Award. Kelly won the award for her doctoral dissertation titled: “The Relationship Among Motor Skill Development, Aerobic Capacity, Body Composition and Perceived Competence of Fourth Grade School Children.” The award… Read More »

Youth Sports Institute: We owe it to our children to know who is coaching

The Institute for the Study of Youth Sports at Michigan State University has issued a statement about the importance of knowing — and screening, training and more closely observing — the thousands of athletic coaches interacting with children across the country. Written by four national coaching experts and supported by six others, the statement gives… Read More »

Gene testing to choose youth sports?

Gene testing to choose youth sports?

Companies are offering DNA tests supposed to help families decide which sports their kids will play best. But, “Genetic testing can’t measure the passion a young person has for an activity,” says Larry Lauer, director of coaching education and development at Michigan State’s Institute for the Study of Youth Sports. He tells TIME magazine that… Read More »

Faculty conversation: Dan Gould on youth sports

Professor of kinesiology Dan Gould leads efforts at Michigan State University to study and enhance the benefits of youth sports, including their potential to teach important life skills. Learn more about his work and the Institute for the Study of Youth Sports, which he directs, in his featured Faculty Conversation with MSU News.

Janet Wessel wins career award from national physical activity org

Janet Wessel wins career award from national physical activity org

The American Association for Physical Activity and Recreation (AAPAR) plans to honor Michigan State University Professor Emeritus Janet Wessel for a career dedicated to serving individuals with disabilities through physical activity and sports. She will receive the association’s Julian U. Stein Award on March 31, 2011, during the national convention in San Diego, Calif. AAPAR is part of… Read More »

MSU expert featured in national education program for football coaches

MSU expert featured in national education program for football coaches

Michigan State University coaching scholar Larry Lauer will be featured in a major online education program for thousands of youth football coaches across the nation. USA Football, which has been conducting interviews with select experts, is creating an extensive new curriculum designed to teach coaches what works best based on various skill areas in each… Read More »

Ewing named as Fellow of national sports psychology group

Ewing named as Fellow of national sports psychology group

Martha Ewing, associate professor of kinesiology, recently became a Fellow of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology. The distinction, which she received at the organization’s conference in Providence, Rhode Island during October 2010, is reserved for AASP members who have made significant contributions to academic and professional practice knowledge in sport and exercise psychology. Ewing… Read More »