Sarah Ball


Sarah Ball is an assistant professor of recreation. Before joining the Health, Human Performance, and Recreation Department at PSU, Ms. Ball spent eight years working in Oxford, MS where she spent the last three years serving as director of a community volunteer center housed under the local park commission. Prior to that, Ms. Ball worked five years in a recreation therapy department at a state mental health facility for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), during which she served two years as the Director of Area 4 Special Olympics Mississippi. Ms. Ball also worked as an aerobics and water aerobics instructor for an older adult fitness program and worksite wellness program.

Ms. Ball holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Exercise Science and a Master of Arts Degree in Parks and Recreation Management, both from the University of Mississippi. She is currently pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Health and Kinesiology with an emphasis in Health Behavior and Promotion at the University of Mississippi. Ms. Ball is a member of the Society of Public Health Education (SOPHE), the Kansas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (KAHPERD), and the Kansas Recreation and Park Association (KRPA).

Ms. Ball’s research interests include combining the fields of recreation and health that creates a cross-disciplinary collaboration. Her past and current research efforts explore how engaging in recreation outlets relate to health outcomes as well as examining predictors of engaging in recreation outlets that promote a healthy lifestyle.

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Recreation & Leisure
  • Introduction to Therapeutic Recreation
  • Recreation Methods & Leadership
  • Pre-Internship Seminar
  • Recreation Practicum

Research Interests

  • Recreation and health outcomes
  • Health and wellness
  • Physical activity

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Sarah Ball
Ms. Sarah Ball
Assistant Professor/Master Advisor

Phone: (620) 235-4664

Office: 101M Student Recreation Center

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