Sarah J. Young

Associate Professor
Recreation, Park, and Tourism Studies
(812) 855-3085
PH 133F

  • Indiana University, Ph.D., 1998
  • Indiana University, M.S., 1986
  • Illinois State University, B.S., 1982
  • SPH R414 Legal Aspects of Recreation
  • SPH R426 HR Management in Leisure Services
  • SPH R574 HR Management in Recreational Sports
  • U.S. Department of State - Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA).  Youth Enrichment through Sport (YES) Ghana.
  • Excellence in Teaching Award, Academy of Leisure Sciences.
  • Career Teaching Award, School of Public Health, Indiana University.
  • Research Fellow, Sport & Recreation Law Association.
  • Assistant Professor, Leisure Studies Program, Department of Tourism and Convention Administration, William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration,  University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Research Interests

Dr. Young's research is bifurcated into legal issues in recreation and sport settings related to risk management, program delivery, and participant conduct; and, using recreational sport to help solve community health issues for youth.

Selected Publications


Pittman, A. T., Spengler, J. O., & Young, S. J. (2016). Case Studies in Sport Law (2nd ed.). Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.


Kerrigan, P. V., & Young, S. J. (2016). Careless maintenance = costly legal implications. Journal of Facility Planning, Design, and Management, 4(1), 48-51.

Young, S. J., Ramos, W. D., York, S. L., & Fletcher, A. L. (2016). On the 25th anniversary of the ADA: How inclusive are campus recreation programs? Journal of Legal Aspects of Sport, 26(1), 22-35.

Hyde, A., & Young, S. J. (2015). Are you protected by the recreational use statute? Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance, 86(8), 48-49.

Young, S. J., Sturts, J. R, & Ross, C. M. (2015). Physical activity among community college students. The Physical Educator, 72(4), 640-659.

Young, S. J., Lee, D., & Sturts, J. R. (2015). Motivational readiness of community college students engaging in physical activity. Recreational Sport Journal, 39(2), 92-104.

Keiper, M. C., Young, S. J., Fried, G., & Seidler, T. (2014). The legal implications of obstacle racing and suggested risk management strategies. Journal of Legal Aspects of Sport, 24(2), 78-95.

Kroth, A. M., & Young, S. J (2014). New professionals, new desires: What Millennials want in their work. Recreational Sport Journal, 38(1), 23-32.

Young, S. J., Keiper, M. C., Fried, G., Seidler, T., & Eickhoff-Shemek, J. M. (2014). A muddied industry: Growth, injuries, & legal issues associated with mud runs "Part I. ACSM" Health and Fitness Journal, 18(3), 31-34.

Ross, C. M., Young, S. J., Sturts, J. R., & Kim, K. T. (2014). Personal correlates impacting job satisfaction among campus recreational sport employees. International Journal of Sport Management, Recreation & Tourism, 14(d), 68-96.

Young, S. J., Ross, C. M, Kim, K., & Sturts, J. R. (2013).  Engaging youth in physical activity:  Indicators of a physically active friendly community.  Child Indicator Research, 6(2), 1-17, DOI: 10.1007/s12187-013-9199-1.

Ross, C. M., Young, S. J., Sturts, J. R., & Franzidis, A. F. (2013).  A Delphi study identifying indicators and criteria for physically active communities for youth 10-14 years old.  LARNet: The Cyber Journal of Applied Leisure and Recreation Research, 16(1), 1-11.

Young, S. J., Sturts, J. R., Ross, C. M, & Kim, K. T. (2013).  Generational differences and job satisfaction in leisure services.  Managing Leisure, 1, 1-19.

Ross, C. M, Young, S. J., Sturts, J. R., & Kim, K. T. (2012).  Factors affecting job satisfaction of public park and recreation employees.  Applied Recreational Research and Programming Annual, 2, 1-31.

Kroth, A. M. & Young, S. J. (2012, November/December).  Banned from the pool:  Due process and public places.  Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance, 83(9), 6-7.