Department of Kinesiology Recreation and Sport Studies News

WSJ: Hard Math: Adding Up Just How Little We Actually Move

Americans are more sedentary than ever and that is a problem even among people who exercise regularly, according to a recent Wall Street Journal article. The article features David Bassett, a professor in the UT Department of Kinesiology, Recreation and Sport Studies. Bassett notes that Americans on average take 5,117 steps a day. A good daily

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Big Idea: Wilson to Use ‘Flipped Classroom’ in Sports Classes

Hal Wilson

Hal Wilson, a graduate teaching associate in recreation and sport management, had a big idea that will make his classes more interactive. He’s won a GTA@OIT grant to implement his “flipped classroom” approach this spring. Wilson, who teaches a class that deals with cultural ideologies and social issues, will supplement assigned readings with online videos and presentations and incorporate some online assignments.

UT Expert: New Year Fitness Resolution Broken? It’s Not Too Late to Start Over

By now, many New Year’s fitness resolutions have likely been broken. But take heart, it’s not too late to start over. Brian Rider, a graduate assistant at the UT Center for Physical Activity and Health, says that people who try to do too much too soon typically get injured or discouraged. “Whatever your fitness goal, start slow,” he says.

Elite South Korean Athletes Train at UT to Become Global Sports Ambassadors


Nineteen elite South Korean athletes—from Olympic gold medalists to world champions—will spend the next few months at UT learning skills to become coaches and international sports ambassadors. The retired athletes also will improve their English language, learn sports marketing, pick up coaching techniques, and work in their area of athletic expertise as part of the Next Generation Sports Talent program.

Study: Natural Playgrounds More Beneficial to Children, Inspire More Play

The playground at the Early Learning Center, after renovations.

Children who play on playgrounds that incorporate natural elements like logs and flowers tend to be more active than those who play on traditional playgrounds with metal and brightly colored equipment, according to a recent UT study. They also appear to use their imagination more, according to the report.

WATE: UT researchers find natural playgrounds more beneficial to kids

The results are in from a new playground safety study at UT which shows that natural playgrounds with logs and flowers are more beneficial to children than traditional playgrounds that have big, brightly colored plastic or metal equipment. WATE Channel 6 featured the research of Dawn Coe, an assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology, in

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Chicago Tribune: Power walking falls between the ramble and the race

If watching the London Olympics has sparked an interest in race walking, with its singular hip-swinging, rolling gait, but the pace is not right, consider power walking, its more easygoing cousin. Whatever your fitness level, there will be perks, said Dixie Thompson, head of UT’s department of kinesiology, recreation and sport studies, in this Chicago

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US News: Need to Get Walking More? Clip on a Pedometer

US News interviewed David Bassett Jr., co-director of the UT Obesity Research Center and a professor in the Department of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport Studies, about a study that shows that wearing a pedometer can help boost walking rates. In the article, Bassett noted that pedometers can be used in a minimal contact, cost-effective waywithin health

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UT Study May Change Design of Playgrounds

Several local news outlets highlighted a new study at UT’s Early Learning Center that may change the way playgrounds are designed. Sean Durham, director of the center, decided to give the playground a new look to help children connect with the environment. Dawn Coe, an assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology, says the natural setting not

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