Youth physical activity expert gets things moving ...

Youth physical activity expert gets things moving at MTSU

Dr. Robert Malina, one of the world’s foremost authorities on the physical development of youth in the context of activity and sport, will discuss that topic in a free public address on Tuesday, April 17, at MTSU.

Malina’s speech, “Physical Activity, Physical Fitness and Sport in Youth: Current Status and the Future,” will be held at 7 p.m. in Room 160 of MTSU’s College of Education Building. It’s the latest offering in the Distinguished Lecture Series presented by the MTSU Center for Physical Activity and Health in Youth.

Malina is professor emeritus in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education at the University of Texas at Austin and research professor in the Department of Health and Physical Education at Tarleton State University.

His research has focused on the biological growth and maturation of children and adolescents with an emphasis on motor development and performance, physical activity and young athletes.

Malina also has studied the influence of physical activity and training on youth sport and written about the emergence of excess weight among rural indigenous youth in southern Mexico.

For more information, contact Dr. Don Morgan at 615-898-5549 or

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