Tag Archives: Sports

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 »

Kinesiology professor analyzes NFL injury rates

Kinesiology professor analyzes NFL injury rates

John Powell, associate professor in the Department of Kinesiology, analyzes the rate of injuries for the National Football League. He says the frequency of player injuries so far in the 2010 season is consistent with 2009. Read more in this Washington Post article.

Helping coaches deal with doping issues

Helping coaches deal with doping issues

Kinesiology professor and department chair Deb Feltz is working on a project to improve coaches’ confidence when it comes to confronting athletes that they suspect might be using performance-enhancing drugs. She is co-principal investigator with Philip Sullivan, a professor at Brock University in Ontario, Canada.  Sullivan received his Ph.D. in kinesiology from MSU in 2000. Read… Read More »

Finding balance in youth sports

Kinesiology Professor Dan Gould provides expertise to the Chicago Sun-Times on engaging in a healthy level of youth sports.

Sports and family time

Professor Dan Gould quoted in Wall Street Journal article: “Kids Quit the Team for More Family Time.”