Department of Kinesiology Recreation and Sport Studies News

Top 24 Best Sports Management Degree Programs 2014

The Sports Management Degree Guide ranked UT’s program seventh nationally among all programs for the wealth of opportunities it offers students. Read more here. UT’s program is based in the Department of Kinesiology, Recreation and Sport Studies in the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences.

How To Keep Our Buildings From Making Us Fat


Fast Company looks at research led by Professor David Bassett from the Department of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport Studies that speak to the power of active design: the more centrally located a building’s stair case is, the more likely people are to use it. Bassett’s study used three campus buildings to measure how often elevators were used instead of stairs, and compared the placement of the two.

In the News: UT Natural Playground Installation at Local Head Start Center

UT faculty joined community volunteers this weekend to install a new natural playground at the North Head Start Center. The playground will give students a new recreation area and provide researchers with an opportunity to study the environment’s impact on children’s activity levels. The effort is part of the Partners through Playgrounds project, which will study how

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UT to Install Natural Playground at Head Start Center for Pupils, Research

UT faculty is joining community volunteers today and Saturday, June 7, to install a new natural playground at the North Head Start Center. The playground will give students a new recreation area and provide researchers with an opportunity to study the environment’s impact on children’s activity levels.

Alum Will Be Working on the Sidelines at Paralympic Games in Sochi

Pate with the Paralympic flame in a photo taken at a disability sport conference at Coventry University in Coventry, England, just before the 2012 Paralympic Games in London.

Alumnus Joshua Pate has studied the Paralympic Games for years. This winter, for the first time, he’ll experience them firsthand as a volunteer. He’ll work as a news reporter for the Paralympics, which will be held March 8 through 15 in Sochi, Russia. Pate received his bachelor’s degree in sport management in 2002 and his master’s in journalism and electronic media in 2004.

Prevention: The Socks That Help Workout Recovery

A study by a UT graduate teaching assistant on the trendy new compression socks some athletes are sporting provides some evidence the gear does speed recovery, probably by increasing the amount of blood flow to the lower leg. Prevention magazine recently featured the study, authored by Brian Rider of the Department of Kinesiology, Recreation and Sport

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Chinese Students Take Sports Studies through UT Summer Program

Twenty students from China are learning about sports psychology and elite athletic performance in Knoxville this summer thanks to a partnership between UT and the Shanghai University of Sport. The group, composed of undergraduate students from the Shanghai University of Sport, arrived at UT this month and will leave August 1. The English Language Institute

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All in the Family: Grad Follows in Mother’s, Grandmother’s Footsteps

When Andrea Sams graduates today, it will be more than a personal achievement. It will be a family tradition. She is the third generation of women in her family to earn their degrees from UT. Sams graduates from the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences. Her grandmother graduated in 1953 with a master’s degree in family relations and child development. Her mother earned her bachelor’s degree in fashion merchandising in 1983.

WBIR-TV: In-depth: Benefits of outdoors

WBIR-TV Channel 10 featured the research of UT professor Dawn Coe about the benefits of playing outside for young children. Her research examines the differences in children’s energy levels when they play on a natural playground that incorporates elements like logs and flowers compared to a traditional playground with metal equipment. Coe is an assistant professor

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Study Identifies Ways Children Can Meet Recommended Activity Goals

Despite overwhelming evidence about the benefits of physical activity for children, most American youngsters are not meeting the federal recommendation of sixty minutes a day. A new study by a team of UT researchers has identified specific ways—and estimated minutes for each approach—that can help children achieve the recommended daily physical activity goal.