Department of Kinesiology Recreation and Sport Studies News

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.

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

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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