Psychosocial Physical Activity Laboratory

June 22, 2020

5 reasons to make sure recess doesn’t get short shrift when school resumes in person

We believe that leaving recess out of the school day could hurt elementary school students. Along with our colleagues in this field, we have found clear evidence that children will need a chance to play during recess more than ever when schools open their doors. Here are five main benefits from recess. Read more at The Conversation.

June 18, 2020

Why quality recess time is needed more than ever

Recess is more than just fun and games; it is through play that children learn and grow, and the unstructured recess space is an important site for students to reconnect with their peers after months of isolation. Read more at ASCD Inservice.

June 14, 2020

Experts look for solutions addressing pandemic-induced learning loss for students

When you stay home from school from being sick, it can be a challenge to catch up on the lessons you missed. But how best can students “make up” for lost learning when the entire world is getting over a sickness all at the same time? Read more at KOIN TV.

June 12, 2020

The Importance of Daily Recess When Schools Return From COVID-19 Lockdowns

Providing children with regular opportunities to play, socialize, rest, and re-energize through recess is imperative. High quality recess breaks improve mood, well-being, school engagement, behavior, learning, focus, attendance, and overall school climate. Read more at National PTA.

September 25, 2019

Recess: Is it just for play?

Researcher and dad, William Massey, explains the benefits of recess, what high-quality recess looks like and how parents can get involved in recess. Listen to episode at National PTA Podcast.

August 28, 2018

Adult Play at Recess Can Help Kids

As kids head back to school, attention is usually on the academics: teachers planning the first lessons, and parents making sure students haven’t lost too much ground over the summer. But a new study draws attention to an often overlooked part of the school day: recess.

July 17, 2018

7 Things to Know About School Recess

Recent U.S. education reform has focused on defining and raising the subject-matter standards students are expected to meet. In order to get their students up to snuff, schools are extending the school day and putting more and more emphasis on academic learning, which can squeeze out a beloved part of the traditional school day–recess. Read full article.

June 4, 2018

Sport for Development: The Road to Evidence

OSU Assistant Professor William Massey helps pave the road to evidence in sport for development.

Sport for Development: Road to Evidence (pdf)