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ISYS conducts research on practical issues to provides solutions for parents, athletes, coaches, and administrators. As an Institute we take pride in delivering cutting edge, scientific information on sport for youths and adolescents that you can use today.

Free and Low-Cost Resources

March 7, 2024

Looking to empower yourself with the knowledge and tools to support athletes in youth sports? We’ve curated this selection of free and low-cost resources tailored specifically for coaches, educators, and anyone passionate about fostering the development of young athletes. From coaching techniques and guidelines to youth development strategies, these resources are designed to equip you… Read More »

Spotlight: Chelsi Ricketts

December 11, 2023
Spotlight: Chelsi Ricketts

Chelsi Ricketts is a fourth-year doctoral candidate working with Dr Leps Malete in the psychosocial concentration. Chelsi is also an International student from Jamaica, where she completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Master of Science degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica. Chelsi’s dissertation is a… Read More »

Upcoming Conference: DEI Conversations in Sport

September 29, 2023
Upcoming Conference: DEI Conversations in Sport

The Institute for the Study of Youth Sports will be hosting its first DEI conference on October 30, 2023. The DEI Conversations in Sport conference seeks to identify topics, provide a space for solution-focused discussion, develop strategies to combat the -isms and -phobias, and equip coaches and administrators with the tools to improve their youth… Read More »

Spotlight: Alysha Matthews

June 14, 2023
Spotlight: Alysha Matthews

Alysha is a cisgender woman who grew up playing and watching many sports, where she did not always feel welcome. She has shifted that passion for play into a determination for accessible sport experiences, which informs her research. She is a doctoral candidate and graduate teaching assistant in the Department of Kinesiology at MSU. What… Read More »

Spotlight: Meredith Wekesser

March 8, 2023
Spotlight: Meredith Wekesser

Meredith is a fourth year doctoral candidate studying Psychosocial Aspects of Sport and Physical Activity. She earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Truman State University where she competed as a collegiate swimmer. She received her master’s degree in Kinesiology from Georgia Southern University with a concentration in Sport and Exercise Psychology. Meredith instructs undergraduate… Read More »

Spotlight: Kylee Ault-Baker

December 5, 2022
Spotlight: Kylee Ault-Baker

Kylee is a 4th year doctoral candidate working with Dr. Gould. She earned her undergraduate degree at The Ohio State University in Sport Industry and her master’s from the University of Tennessee in Sport Psychology and Motor Behavior. During her time at MSU, she has worked as a graduate assistant at the Michigan High School Athletic… Read More »

ISYS Statement on Racial and Social Injustice

June 15, 2020
ISYS Statement on Racial and Social Injustice

Dear Friends, Colleagues and the (Youth) Sport Community: This is an unsettling time for our country. The  protest marches and demonstrations taking place throughout the United States and around the world in the last few weeks have made all of us stop to reflect on racism in our society. We know police brutality and institutional… Read More »

Sport Parents: Navigating the Demands of Sport and Parenting

March 25, 2019
Sport Parents: Navigating the Demands of Sport and Parenting

Parents strongly influence the experience their child has in sport but it’s not always easy when trying to manage the different demands of sport and parenting. Find some tips for how to help children thrive and enjoy participation as a parent in our infographic.

Making High School Sport Impactful in Canada

March 12, 2019
Making High School Sport Impactful in Canada

At the Institute’s 40th Anniversary Conference, Dr. Martin Camiré (University of Ottawa) shared his research on making high school sport impactful. With 750,000 high student-athletes in Canada, high school sport serves as a platform to influence young people in a positive way. Coaches, in particular, can promote life skills and other positive outcomes for student-athletes… Read More »

Making High School Sport Impactful

March 12, 2019
Making High School Sport Impactful

At the Institute’s 40th Anniversary Conference, Dr. Martin Camiré (University of Ottawa) shared his research on making high school sport impactful. With 7.9 million high student-athletes in the United States high school sport serves as a platform to influence young people in a positive way. Coaches, in particular, can promote life skills and other positive… Read More »