Pediatric Movement and Physical Activity Lab – Mary Rudisill, Ph.D.

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The Pediatric Movement & Physical Activity Lab conducts research geared toward youth motor skill development and sport skill development. The Lab creates instructional climates designed to promote life-long physical activity for all people, from childhood through adulthood. Mary Rudisill, Ph.D, is the director of the lab, as well as the director of the School of Kinesiology.

Rudisill’s primary research focus is what motivates children to learn to move and engage in physical activity. Researchers have found that autonomous climates that allow for choice improves intrinsic motivation and participation in activities.

Moreover, from laboratory settings to natural settings, Rudisill’s research has led to the development of many field-tested motor interventions. These interventions are based on achievement goal theory and self-determination theory.

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