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Community Recreation, Sport and Camp Management Research

The Community Recreation, Sport, and Camp Management (CRSCM) faculty believe that recreation is an important and fundamental element in the human condition. The potential of recreation activities and experiences in contributing to physical, mental, and emotional health is foundational to not only to our curriculum, but also to our research. Our belief that recreation is invaluable to quality of life is not only a topic in itself, but is also foundational to the rationale and implications of our research.

General research interests among the CRSCM faculty include:

  • Recreation for health and wellbeing: Exploring the value of recreation and leisure in contributing to the overall health, wellbeing, and quality of life for individuals, families, communities, and the environment.
  • Recreation outcomes for youth development: Developing a better understanding of the influences on youth development, and identifying ways to use recreation as an avenue for positive development.
  • Social justice in recreation: Examining issues of prejudice and privilege in recreation and leisure services, provisions, availability, and participation in order to better serve all populations regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, religion, weight, ability, etc.
  • Recreation management and administration: Identifying effective management approaches and frameworks so as to better serve constituents, and capitalize on the value of recreation in contributing to human health and well-being.