Reflections on Developing a Career in Kinesiology and Public Health

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This paper provides reflections on my academic career in kinesiology and public health from an autobiographical perspective. Themes include the importance of movement and physical activity in my development and career choices, a recognition of the importance of physical activity for health outcomes, experiences in studying physical activity in a public health framework, and observations on kinesiology in higher education. I also reflect on the importance of the physical education and physical activity environment that brought me a sense of belonging, enjoyment, and accomplishment that has lasted throughout my career. As in sports and professional activities, I have tried my best and never given up until I felt the task was done.

The author (Barbara.ainsworth@asu.edu) is with the Shanghai University of Sport, Shanghai, China, and emeritus, Arizona State University, Phoenix, AZ, USA.

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