Drs. Mary Jo Kane and Nicole M. LaVoi, School of Kinesiology, and director and associate director, respectively, of the Tucker Center, are featured in a Star Tribune article, Rosenblum: 'Here's Proof' female athletes also can deliver high TV ratings. Highlighting the TC's new video, Media Coverage and Female Athletes and the #HERESPROOF Project where people are encouraged to post #heresproof-tagged images and comments about women's sports, the article highlights the TC's research on the disconnect between the great interest in and attendance at women's sports and the dearth of media coverage.
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Forty percent of all athletes are women, but only 4% are represented in the media—and too often how they look is more important than their skills. This Sunday, December 1, at 7:00pm CST, the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport in partnership with tptMN - The Minnesota Channel, will air "Media Coverage and Female Athletes," an hour-long video program that explores these issue through interviews with scholars, the media, coaches at collegiate, Olympic and professional levels; and the female athletes themselves. Tune in to coverage via the Tucker Center's Web site, and watch the trailer here ...
Related story: An Inside look at "Media Coverage and Female Athletes" with Nicole LaVoi and Female Athletes"
For the Sunday, December 1, 7:00pm premier of the Tucker Center & tptMN's documentary "Media Coverage & Female Athletes: Women Play Sports, Just Not in the Media", tptMN interviewed Dr. Nicole M. LaVoi, teaching faculty in the School of Kinesiology and associate director of the Tucker Center. Part of a 3-part series, "An Inside Look at Media Coverage and Female Athletes with Nicole LaVoi," looks at LaVoi's personal experience in relation to discrepancies between male and female athletes and reveals why she is such an advocate for making a difference in the lives of girls and women in sport.
Dr. Nicole M. LaVoi, teaching faculty in the School of Kinesiology and associate director of the Tucker Center, is attending the Protecting Athletes and Sports Safety (PASS) National Conference on Youth Sports Safety in Washington, DC [watch live]. The focus of the conference is on concussion and youth sport culture. PASS was launched by the Satcher Health Leadership Institute at Morehouse School of Medicine and the Department of Global Health at George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services to address and combat the incidence of catastrophic brain injuries among youth who participate in organized sports.
On October 18, Dr. Jo Ann Buysse, sport management undergraduate coordinator and lecturer in the School of Kinesiology, was inducted into the University of Montana, Montana Tech Athletic Hall of Fame. The Montana Standard featured Buysse and her legacy in "Tech Hall of Fame Series: Coach Buysse Merits Hall Pass."
Buysse is the fifth women to be inducted into the Hall of Fame as she made a huge impact in the Orediggers athletic department during her time at Montana Tech. She created their volleyball program and served as head coach for their women's basketball program for eight seasons. During her time at Montana Tech she won Conference Coach of the Year four different times and led the volleyball and basketball teams to four consecutive Frontier Conference championships.
During Buysse's induction ceremony she also had the opportunity to connect with a School of Kinesiology alum Nick Bowsher, (B.S. '02), who is now the director of facilities and the sports information director at Montana Tech.
A 2011 Journal of Sport Management article authored by School of Kinesiology professor Mary Jo Kane and her former Ph.D. student Dr. Heather Maxwell-Murray, has been selected by the editors of the forthcoming SAGE publication, Sport & Leisure Management. "Expanding the Boundaries of Sport Media Research: Using Critical Theory to Explore Consumer Responses to Representations of Women's Sports" will be reprinted in December 2013 as part of a four volume series of the SAGE Library of Tourism, Hospitality and Leisure.
Joining five other experts, Dr. Nicole M. LaVoi, teaching faculty in the School of Kinesiology and associate director of the Tucker Center, speaks out in a New York Times "Room for Debate" piece, "Can Playing Ball Be Bad for Children?" LaVoi addresses opportunities for girls in athletics in the context of some parents' "winning at all costs" attitude.
Dr. Nicole M. LaVoi, teaching faculty in the School of Kinesiology and associate director of the Tucker Center, describes the role of a sports parent in, "Don't drop this ball: the plight of the totally uncoordinated sports parent," an article in the Star Tribune.
In the article LaVoi gives insight to the uncoordinated sports parent on how to support their young athlete even if they did not excel in athletics. She explains that when children believe their parents view them as skillful athletes they are more likely to stay positive and participate in that activity as they develop. Dr. LaVoi further explains that it is critical for parents to give unconditional support to their child and not critique aspects of the game.
Drs. Diane Wiese-Bjornstal and Nicole M. LaVoi, both School of Kinesiology faculty and researchers in the Tucker Center, are presenting at the Mayo Clinic's Ice Hockey Summit II: Action on Concussions conference, October 8-9, in Rochester, MN. Wiese-Bjornstal and LaVoi are both featured in the Tucker Center's "Concussions and Female Athletes: The Untold Story" video. [see related link]
The Emmy-award nominated Tucker Center video "Concussions and Female Athletes: The Untold Story" will be rebroadcast as a companion piece to the PBS FrontLine documentary, "League of Denial: The NFL's Concussion Crisis." "Concussions and Female Athletes" will air Sunday, October 20 at 7:00pm, and Sunday, October 27, at 1:00am, 7:00am, and 1:00pm on tptMN. The Tucker Center video examines the causes underlying concussions among female athletes and offers practical solutions to help prevent and treat their sports-related concussion injuries. The video will also be rebroadcast on tptLIFE on Sunday, October 27 at 11:00am followed at noon by "Concussion Dilemma: Minnesota Reacts," a local follow-up program to "League of Denial" featuring HealthPartners & Mayo Clinic. [see related link]