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Ross C. Brownson, Cheryl M. Kelly, Amy A. Eyler, Cheryl Carnoske, Lisa Grost, Susan L. Handy, Jay E. Maddock, Delores Pluto, Brian A. Ritacco, James F. Sallis and Thomas L. Schmid


Environmental and policy approaches are promising strategies to raise population-wide rates of physical activity; yet, little attention has been paid to the development and prioritization of a research agenda on these topics that will have relevance for both researchers and practitioners.


Using input from hundreds of researchers and practitioners, a research agenda was developed for promoting physical activity through environmental and policy interventions. Concept mapping was used to develop the agenda.


Among those who brainstormed ideas, 42% were researchers and 33% were practitioners. The data formed a concept map with 9 distinct clusters. Based on ratings by both researchers and practitioners, the policy research cluster on city planning and design emerged as the most important, with economic evaluation second.


Our research agenda sets the stage for new inquiries to better understand the environmental and policy influences on physical activity.

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Priscila Tamplain, E. Kipling Webster, Ali Brian and Nadia C. Valentini

, 2017 ; Robinson, Stodden et al., 2015 ). The importance of motor development is clearly established in the literature. Thus, current research has now shifted towards the study of several aspects related to assessments of motor performance. Aspects of assessment include but are not limited to

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Melissa Pangelinan, Marc Norcross, Megan MacDonald, Mary Rudisill, Danielle Wadsworth and James McDonald

Experiential learning via internships, practicums, and research provides undergraduate students with rich opportunities to enhance their knowledge of core concepts in kinesiology. Moreover, these types of experiences increase job-related skills (e.g., leadership development, critical thinking

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Camilla J. Knight

involved in youth sport, youth sport researchers have given considerable attention to developing an evidence base pertaining to sport parenting ( Holt & Knight, 2014 ). Researchers and practitioners are increasingly working with sport organizations, coaches, and parents themselves to promote high

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James A. Carson, John K. Petrella, Vanessa Yingling, Mallory R. Marshall, Jenny O and Jennifer J. Sherwood

Research and discovery are long-standing hallmarks of higher education. Over the past several decades, the value of conducting and participating in research has expanded from a primary focus for graduate students to include undergraduate students ( Linn, Palmer, Baranger, Gerard, & Stone, 2015

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Kathy Babiak, Lucie Thibault and Annick Willem

related increase in focus of the academic literature on the topic. The scholarship on IORs in sport management has emerged as a growing field of inquiry with researchers exploring a range of issues and industry contexts from nonprofit collaboration in community or elite sport, to public

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Nisha Botchwey, Myron F. Floyd, Keshia Pollack Porter, Carmen L. Cutter, Chad Spoon, Tom L. Schmid, Terry L. Conway, J. Aaron Hipp, Anna J. Kim, M. Renee Umstattd Meyer, Amanda L. Walker, Tina J. Kauh and Jim F. Sallis

components of obesity prevention because of their population-wide reach and long-term effectiveness. 5 – 8 However, further research is needed to determine how best to reduce rates of obesity, increase PA, and ensure equity in opportunities for healthy lifestyles. PA during childhood and adolescence has

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Kathy Graham

This research note is intended to stimulate discussion about a methodological issue that needs to be addressed in studies designed to increase understanding of teaching-learning processes in our field. This issue is the level at which data are analyzed and reported in pedagogical research.

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Nancy Getchell, Nadja Schott and Ali Brian

development is the importance of change . When studying human motor development, researchers focus on the process of change over time that occurs as a function of complex interactions among biological, environmental, social, and experiential (among other) systems ( Clark & Whitall, 1989 ). Whether occurring

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John N. Singer, Sally Shaw, Larena Hoeber, Nefertiti Walker, Kwame J. A. Agyemang and Kyle Rich

The edited transcript below is from the session on critical conversations about qualitative research at the North American Society of Sport Management (NASSM) conference in Denver, CO, on Friday, June 2, 2017. One of the primary reasons the word critical was included in the title of this session is