Department of Kinesiology Recreation and Sport Studies News

WATE-TV: UT students go to camp to help kids with disabilities

More than 200 UT students are in Crossville, Tennessee, this week serving as counselors for kids with disabilities at Camp Koinonia, part of the Therpeutic Recreation program. Gene Hayes, professor in the Department of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport Studies, started the camp 35 years ago hoping to give kids with severe disabilities the most typical summer camp experience possible.

Retired South Korean Elite Athletes to Leave UT as Global Sports Ambassadors

When South Korea hosts the 2018 Winter Olympics, Kyunsuk Kim hopes to be at the forefront of helping his country plan the international event. Kim, 36, a retired competitive alpine skier, this fall studied at UT Knoxville through the Next Generation Sports Talent program, an initiative designed to prepare retired South Korean elite athletes to be coaches and international sports diplomats.

UT Student Among First Women on Non-compliant Search-Seizure Team

When she was in the Navy, Melissa Watson was one of the first women trained to use hand-to-hand combat, if needed, during searches of foreign ships in a war zone. Watson finished eight years of military service in 2007 and is now at UT Knoxville working on her master’s degree in therapeutic recreation. She hopes to use her healing hands to work with injured soldiers and veterans.

UT Study Looks at Manual Wheelchair Use, Exercise, and Calorie Burning

A person who uses a manual wheelchair can burn up to 120 calories in half an hour while wheeling at 2 mph on a flat surface, which is three times as much as someone doing the same action in a motorized wheelchair. The same person can expend 127 calories while mopping and as much as 258 calories while fencing in a thirty-minute timeframe if the activities are done in a manual wheelchair. This is according to a review article written by UT Knoxville professor David R. Bassett Jr.