April 14 Lecture Considers Impact of Children's Sports Participation

By UW-Waukesha

WAUKESHA – Jill Rinzel will present “Children’s Sports: Building the Future or Harming Our Youth” at noon Monday, April 14 at the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha.

The lecture, which takes place in Commons 101, is free and open to the public. Free parking is available during the lecture. UW-Waukesha is located at 1500 N. University Drive in Waukesha.Jill Rinzel

Children’s sports are extremely prevalent in today’s society, but what are the consequences of participation in youth sports programs? Elementary school-aged children have different cognitive abilities than adults, and this can create difficulties in children’s understanding of competition. Rinzel’s talk will focus on these differences and some of the associations that have been found between youth sports participation and developmental outcomes.  Additionally, she will look at how children’s programs can be designed to maximize the benefits of youth sport participation.

Rinzel, an assistant professor of psychology/education at UW-Waukesha, earned her Ph.D. in educational psychology with an emphasis in human development at UW-Madison. Her areas of research include examining the relationship between children’s perception of supportiveness in organized sports and their academic and social development, the relationship between perceived quality of childhood sports experiences and adult physical activity levels, and the scholarship of teaching and learning.

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Andy Turner