Past Projects at ISYS
Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) Needs Assessment
is designed to identify the major issues, concerns, and challenges facing
high school sports leaders and their athletes today. Particular emphasis
is being placed on identifying the educational needs of high school
coaches and problems currently facing high school student athletes.
In Phase 1 of the project a series of focus group interviews are being
held in an effort to map the range of major issues facing key stakeholders
in Michigan high school sports today (e.g., high school coaches, principals,
athletic directors, parents, and student athletes). Phase 2 will involve
a series of surveys administered to statewide samples of major stakeholders
in high school sports. Results will be used to: (1) guide curricular
development efforts of the MHSAA Coaching Advancement Program; (2) identify
the most pressing practical issues on which researchers from the Institute
for the Study of Youth Sports should conduct research studies; and (3)
add to the body of scientific knowledge relative to promoting positive
youth development through educational athletics.
Michigan High School Athletic
Association (MHSAA) Coaching Development Curriculum Revision
with the MHSAA, Institute staff are helping to extensively update, package
and revise the coaching educational program used to develop Michigan's
school sport coaches.
Research in Youth Sports: Critical Issues Status
Through Sport Alliance (CTSA) commissioned the Institute for the Study
of Youth Sports at Michigan State University to review the scientific
literature on critical issues in youth sports and to write summary white
papers on the various topics. These white papers are not intended to
be in-depth reviews of the literature in the area. Rather, the charge
was to review the literature on selected key issues and identify major
findings that could be used to inform CTSA members in forming policies
and spearheading projects in this important area. This document is the
result of this effort.
The Role of Parents in Junior Tennis Success
grant sponsored by the United States Tennis Association junior tennis
coaches, professional players and parents of professional tennis players
and coaches from throughout the United States have been interviewed
and surveyed to determine ways parents both help and hinder the development
of tennis players.
An Examination of Hazing Practices in High School Athletics
and former high school and youth sports participants have been interviewed
and surveyed for the purposes of determining the degree and nature of
hazing that may take place in youth athletics.
An Examination of How Beginning High School Coaches Develop
interviews and observations have been conducted with new high school
coaches to determine their coaching practices and how behaviors develop
over a season.
A Study of the Effectiveness of Teaching Youth Hockey
Players to Play Tough but Clean Hockey
study, 4 teenage youth hockey players who have a tendency to play aggressively
are taking part in a 12 hour intervention program designed to teach
them emotional control skills that will give them strategies on how
to "play tough but clean" hockey. This will help reduce
the chance of injury by preventing such acts as tripping and slashing
which often lead to injury.