The MNYSRC through education and research helps parents, coaches and sport administrators understand their role in creating healthy, family-friendly youth sport opportunities that benefits everyone in the community and promotes positive youth development.
LaVoi attends DC conference on safety in youth sport
November 8, 2013
Dr. Nicole M. LaVoi, teaching faculty in the School of Kinesiology and associate director of the Tucker Center, is attending the Protecting Athletes and Sports Safety (PASS) National Conference on Youth Sports Safety in Washington, DC [watch live]. The focus of the conference is on concussion and youth sport culture. PASS was launched by the Satcher Health Leadership Institute at Morehouse School of Medicine and the Department of Global Health at George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services to address and combat the incidence of catastrophic brain injuries among youth who participate in organized sports.
Joining five other experts, Dr. Nicole M. LaVoi, teaching faculty in the School of Kinesiology and associate director of the Tucker Center, speaks out in a New York Times "Room for Debate" piece, "Can Playing Ball Be Bad for Children?" LaVoi addresses opportunities for girls in athletics in the context of some parents' "winning at all costs" attitude.
Dr. Nicole M. LaVoi, teaching faculty in the School of Kinesiology and associate director of the Tucker Center, explains what sport can afford youth in "Be a Winning Parent: 3 Tips for Parents of Young Athletes," a piece that appeared on Riedell skates' blog. LaVoi states that youth sports should be a place where young people have fun, socialize, develop, and strive for success. Further, she notes that adults have a large role and need to be conscious of their actions.
This fall, Dr. Nicole M. LaVoi, teaching faculty in the School of Kinesiology and associate director of the Tucker Center, will appear in a television show produced by Ivanhoe Broadcast News, a syndicated television news-gathering organization. The segment is based on the 2007 Tucker Center Research Report, "Developing Physically Active Girls: An Evidence-based Multidisciplinary Approach," and appears as part of Ivanhoe's "Smart Woman" syndicated series. Ivanhoe provides TV stations with news segments offering viewers health solutions with the latest breakthroughs in science and medicine, tips on staying healthy, and advice from women for women. Ivanhoe reaches 11 of the top 20 television markets including Rochester, La Crosse, and Eau Claire (though not the Twin Cities) reaching an audience of 80 million households.
LaVoi in two AAHPERD research symposia
April 24, 2013
Dr. Nicole M. LaVoi, teaching faculty in the School of Kinesiology and associate director of the Tucker Center, is part of two research-based symposia at the annual American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) Conference in Charlotte, NC:
- "Conducting Research on Female Athletes: Strategies for Success," is a session organized by the National Association for Girls and Women in Sport (NAGWS). The purpose of this session is to provide a multi-disciplinary overview of research related to female athletes and share strategies for conducting research with female athletes.
- LaVoi and Tucker Center Affiliated Scholar Dr. Cindra S. Kamphoff, Minnesota State University-Mankato, will present their national database findings, "Females in Positions of Power Within U.S. High School Sports." This session is part of the Research Consortium Grant Findings.
Dr. Chelsey Thul, recent graduate and Tucker Center Affiliated Scholar, will give a Postdoctoral Research Award presentation, "Disparities in physical activity among Minnesota adolescents of Somali, and other Non-Hispanic African American and White race," at the University of Minnesota's 7th Annual Pediatric Research, Education and Scholarship Symposium to be held Friday, April 19, 2013 from 11:45 - 5:00 PM in the Coffman Union Campus Club.