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Thinking Outside the Pillbox - Sport and Health

Dr. Jason Bocarro discusses how participating in sport can impact people’s physical and mental health.

Published onAug 04, 2023
Thinking Outside the Pillbox - Sport and Health


Dr. Jason Bocarro discusses how participating in sport can impact people’s physical and mental health. However, like many things in life, how these opportunities are planned, structured and designed are critically important to maximize those health benefits as well as other social, community and economic benefits. We will discuss some of the sport initiatives our faculty and students have been a part of both locally and across the globe and discuss how sport often plays a critical role in addressing fundamental health challenges.

Jason Bocarrom, Ph.D., is the Owens-Shelton Distinguished Professor of Leadership with a Global Perspective and the James Buzzard Leadership Program Director in the College of Natural Resources. He is also a university faculty scholar, an alumni distinguished undergraduate professor and was the 2023 recipient of the Board of Governors award for excellence in teaching.  Dr. Bocarro’s research focuses on the intersection of health and inactivity and specifically examining the relationship between the built environment and public spaces and human health. Globally, Dr. Bocarro has also spent the last 15 years leading multinational research teams examining how sport can be leveraged to impact communities. He is the co-author of the book Legacies of Mega Events: Fact or Fairy Tales.

Thinking Outside the Pillbox? Sport and Health (Jason Bocarro)

This video was originally produced for an audience of entering first-year and transfer students at NC State University as a part of an interdisciplinary experience. It is available for noncommercial reuse under a Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial 4.0 License,



  1. Learn more about the benefits of youth sports from the President's Council on Sports, Fitness and Nutrition Science Board.

  2. See what the Aspen Institute has to say about Youth Sports. From the Aspen Institute website: "The Aspen Institute is a global nonprofit organization committed to realizing a free, just, and equitable society. Founded in 1949, the Institute drives change through dialogue, leadership, and action to help solve the most important challenges facing the United States and the world."

  3. Watch 5 Extra Years on YouTube (1 min 45 sec). Today's kids are the first generation with a shorter life expectancy than their parents. What would you do with five more years?

  4. Read: What Healthy Sport Index can teach us about returning to youth sports.

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