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Welcome To Kinesiology, Recreation & Sport Studies

Are you interested in a career in health-related fitness or biomechanics? Would you like to study sports psychology? Or is becoming a leader in tomorrow’s sports industry your dream? You have come to the right place!

In the Department of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport Studies (KRSS) at the University of Tennessee, our mission is to prepare scholars, practitioners, and leaders in exercise, sport, and recreation; to conduct cutting-edge research; and to maintain a commitment to inclusive excellence, social justice, and local-to-global initiatives. Excellent instruction and a commitment to experiential learning prepare our students to excel.

KRSS provides undergraduate students an opportunity to major in either kinesiology or recreation and sport management. Our graduate students can choose to specialize in exercise physiology, biomechanics, sport psychology/motor behavior, physical activity of epidemiology, sport management, therapeutic recreation, or socio-cultural studies.

In addition to our majors, KRSS also serves approximately 5,500 UT students per year in promoting wellness and active living through course offerings ranging from swimming, jogging, conditioning, and strength training, to tennis, yoga, martial arts, golf, ice skating, softball, and soccer.

Dawn Coe, Associate Professor in Exercise Physiology, talks about her research of the correlation between physical activity levels and academic success in children.

Nick Giecek, who graduated in May 2019 with a master’s degree in recreation and sport management, leads UT’s Adaptive Recreation program as its first graduate assistant.


The American Kinesiology Association promotes and enhances kinesiology as a unified field of study and advances its many applications.

Our department has been a member of the American Kinesiology Association since 2011.