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Research

The Department of Health and Kinesiology uses a multidisciplinary approach to advance understanding of the physiological, neurological, psychological and social changes that improve quality of life and prevent disease across the life span. From influencing healthy youth development to understanding factors that limit quality of life, researchers explore basic and applied questions related to human movement and healthy behaviors.

Research Areas

Athletic Training Education Administration

Faculty in athletic training study policies and procedures related to success in athletic training as well as the prevention and treatment of athletic injuries.

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    Biomechanics, Motor Control and Motor Development

    Faculty in biomechanics, motor control and motor development study the fundamental science of motor behavior and explore innovative solutions for improving quality of life across the life span.

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      Exercise Physiology

      Faculty in exercise physiology examine the factors impairing human movement and the effects of exercise on health throughout the life span.

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        Exercise Psychology

        Faculty in exercise psychology study social-behavioral and cognitive benefits of physical activity that help individuals maintain an active and healthy lifestyle across the life span.

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          Recreation and Sport Management

          Faculty in recreation and sport management examine issues surrounding engagement in leisure and recreation activities which play an important role in staying active.

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            Research Labs/Centers

            Faculty and students in the Department of Health and Kinesiology have access to extensive laboratories and facilities to advance discovery, learning and engagement across the department’s research areas.

            Max E. Wastl Human Performance Laboratory

            The Max E. Wastl Human Performance Laboratory is an interdisciplinary research unit. The mission is to study disease states affecting the human condition such as obesity, cardiovascular disease, muscle wasting, the metabolic syndrome and diabetes and determine how a physically active lifestyle can aid in the prevention or intervention of these conditions.

            The Human Motor Behavior Laboratories

            The Human Motor Behavior Laboratories are comprised of the Motor Behavior Laboratory, Life Span Motor Development and Control Laboratory, and the Biomechanics Laboratory. These highly interactive laboratories study the fundamental science of motor behavior and explore innovative solutions for improving quality of life, using both experimental and modeling techniques.

            Exercise Psychology Laboratories

            The Exercise Psychology Laboratories include the Physical Activity Psychology Laboratory, which is focused on effective interventions to help people adopt and maintain an active lifestyle, and the Physical Activity & Neurocognitive Health Lab, which studies the relationship of physical activity and physiological/behavioral correlates (e.g., fitness, obesity, motor skills) with cognition.

            A.H. Ismail Center for Health, Exercise and Nutrition

            The A.H. Ismail Center for Health, Exercise and Nutrition is an interactive, multidisciplinary discovery, learning and engagement center focused on health, exercise and nutrition.

            Faculty by Research Area

            Applied Exercise & Health

              Athletic Training Education Administration

                Biomechanics, Motor Control & Motor Development

                  Exercise Physiology

                    Exercise Psychology

                      Physical/Health Education Pedagogy

                        Recreation & Sport Management