Department of Kinesiology Edition

Lauer talks to ESPN Magazine, addresses abuse in youth sport

Lauer talks to ESPN Magazine, addresses abuse in youth sport

In response to the recent coaching scandal at Pennsylvania State University, ESPN The Magazine has dedicated its December cover story to spreading awareness about sexual abuse among youth athletes. The article urges parents, teachers and adults everywhere to educate children about sexual predators, despite the human tendency to shy away from such taboo topics. For insight about this difficult subject, ESPN contacted… Read More »

Two earn University Distinguished Professor title

Two earn University Distinguished Professor title

Deborah Feltz, a professor and chairperson of the Michigan State University Department of Kinesiology, has been selected as one of 11 MSU professors to be named a University Distinguished Professor in 2011. This exclusive title is among the highest honors that can be bestowed on a faculty member by the university. Those selected for the… 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 »

Video: Deborah Feltz named University Distinguished Professor

Video: Deborah Feltz named University Distinguished Professor

Deborah Feltz, a professor and chairperson of the Michigan State University Department of Kinesiology, has been selected as one of 10 MSU professors to be named a University Distinguished Professor in 2011. This exclusive title is among the highest honors that can be bestowed on a faculty member by the university. Those selected for the title have been recognized nationally and… Read More »

MSU kinesiology Ph.D. program ranks 6th in nation

MSU kinesiology Ph.D. program ranks 6th in nation

The doctoral program in kinesiology at Michigan State University ranks 6th in the nation, according to a recent report from the National Academy of Kinesiology (NAK). The NAK program review, now in its second iteration, accounts for measures of faculty contributions and student performance during the years 2005-2009. MSU’s 6th-place ranking reflects an assessment that… Read More »

Lauer promotes a “winning attitude” in Parenting magazine

Lauer promotes a “winning attitude” in Parenting magazine

In the November 2011 edition of Parenting magazine, Larry Lauer, MSU kinesiology research assistant and director of coaching education and development at the Institute for the Study of Youth Sports, shared the importance of good sportsmanship among young athletes. “Kids this age are still in the ‘all about me’ phase,” Lauer wrote. “They won’t naturally say ‘Good game’ to… Read More »

ISYS researchers develop new coach training program for iHoops

iHoops, the official youth basketball organization of the NCAA and NBA, has successfully launched the iHoops Coach Education program, thanks to a recent partnership with the National Federation of State High Schools. The program includes five interactive courses, which were developed by researchers and scientists at the Institute for the Study of Youth Sports at Michigan State University. Designed for coaches of both interscholastic-age players… Read More »

KIN senior Hanson trains for Ironman Triathlon, Paralympics

McKayla Hanson, a kinesiology senior at Michigan State University, has entered herself in the 2011 Ironman Triathlon — despite the fact that she only has one leg. Born with a rare form of bone cancer, Hanson had her right leg amputated when she was only seven years old. A traumatizing event at such a young age, Hanson said she had difficulty accepting that her leg… Read More »

Gould tells New York Times about good coaching techniques

Gould tells New York Times about good coaching techniques

In a New York Times opinion piece published on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2011, writer David Bornstein raised several questions about the emphasized values of youth sports, and the coaching methods that go along with them. While Bornstein and several surveyed parents agree that sports should focus on teamwork, honesty, discipline and fair play, they also said that the sports instead promote competitiveness and… Read More »

Son, Feltz find that wording choices affect motivation

Son, Feltz find that wording choices affect motivation

In a recent study, MSU Kinesiology doctoral student Veronica Son and department chair Deborah Feltz have found that individuals are more motivated if they are working as part of a team, as opposed to focusing solely on themselves. Specifically, the researchers saw increased performance when the word “I” was replaced with “we” in self-talk motivational statements. “I believe in the power of ‘we,’” Son said.… Read More »