The University of Iowa

Leisure Studies

The undergraduate program in Leisure Studies confers a degree with emphasis in Recreation & Sport Business, Therapeutic Recreation or Child Life. The graduate program in Leisure Studies confers a MA with emphasis in either Therapeutic Recreation or Recreational Sport Management.

The Recreation and Sport Business track is designed for students preparing for positions with sport and club teams, community recreation, intercollegiate and high school athletics programs, international sport organizations, national and international amateur sport organizations, firms specializing in sport marketing, sport sponsorship, and commercial fitness businesses. It also provides a foundation for graduate study in sport or recreation management, and other related graduate degree programs. This track offers a comprehensive curriculum with a unique integrative business approach. Our goal is to prepare leaders to meet the challenges in the global sport arena. The faculty is committed to creating a collaborative and nurturing learning environment for analyzing and resolving the challenges in the business and culture of sports nationally and internationally.

Therapeutic Recreation service is a health-oriented field. It involves the provision of recreation programs designed to improve or maintain the physical, emotional, mental, and social functioning of persons with disabilities. It uses treatment, leisure education and recreational services to promote a satisfying leisure lifestyle among persons with acute and chronic impairments.

Child Life specialists are professionals with expertise in child development who advance effective coping through recreation, pre-operative or pre-procedural preparation, patient and family education, and self-expression activities (definition, Child Life Council). They provide a variety of services designed to support families and to promote mastery of different experiences by children, particularly when the child is experiencing healthcare events. Because families are often a primary source of support for a sick child, Child Life specialists may also provide care to the family by assisting in accurate information processing and supporting the family members and other caregivers. Child Life Specialists also perform an important role as educators for other medical staff and the general community regarding the specific issues and needs of children experiencing healthcare or other stressful life events.

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