College of Health Professions

Date of Last Revision

2020-12-10 13:47:15


Exercise Science

Honors Course

5550:430 (Sr. Honors Project: Physical Education)

Number of Credits


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Date of Expected Graduation

Winter 2020


The goals and objectives of this research project are to examine the reasoning behind the parents’ decision to provide extra opportunities for their children when they get involved in sports. The second goal and objective are to examine whether or not specialization in a single sport is increased due to the incentive to be the best at a specific sport and if there are any negative consequences due to the specialization aspect. The motivations for this work and for this research stem from the fact of pure interest and curiousness. By working at a sports performance gym, I have always been interested in the deeper reasoning of why parents make the decision to send their children to workout. Do the make the extra commitment to help the prevention of injuries in their children? Do they make the financial investment now in hopes that their child gets a scholarship and saves them money in the future? Do they make the decision based on pure motivation to allow their child to improve their sport, gain a captain’s spot on the team, or to just get their child up and moving to decrease their sedentary time?

Research Sponsor

Melissa Smith

First Reader

Jarrett Pelley

Second Reader

Barbara Jackson

Honors Faculty Advisor

Melissa Smith



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