Robert M. Malina is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education of the University of Texas at Austin. His academic background includes earned degrees in physical education (PhD, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1963) and anthropology (PhD, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 1968), and honorary degrees from the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium), the Bronislaw Czech University School of Physical Education in Cracow (Poland), the University School of Physical Education in Wrocław (Poland) and the University of Coimbra (Portugal). He is also a foreign member of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Division II, Biological Sciences, and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
His primary area of interest is the biological growth and maturation of children and adolescents with a major focus on youth sports and young athletes He has worked extensively with the growth and maturation of youth athletes in several sports, including swimming, diving, gymnastics, athletics, figure skating, soccer, American football, among others.
He played organized sports during elementary and high school (baseball, basketball, soccer) and also for one year at the collegiate level (baseball). He likewise coached youth sports (volleyball, basketball, baseball, soccer), was a parent whose children participated in organized sports (basketball, soccer, volleyball, baseball/softball), and also coached his own children in sport.
Honor Award from the North American Society for Pediatric Exercise Medicine (2002)
Franz Boas Distinguished Achievement Award of the Human Biology Association (2006),
Clark Hetherington Award of the National Academy of Kinesiology (2007)
Distinguished Scholar Award of the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (2009)
Honor Award of the American College of Sports Medicine (2013).
Science Board Honor Award of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition (2015)