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Kinesiology

Admission

 

The mission of the graduate program in kinesiology is to provide students the opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of the theoretical basis of human movement. Students are able to specialize in one of the subdisciplines within kinesiology; however, the departmental core curriculum also gives students a cross-disciplinary exposure to the study of human movement. Along with classroom studies, involvement in original laboratory research constitutes a major means by which students gain a broad understanding of their specialty area. At the completion of the master’s degree students should be able to provide strategies for solving both practical problems and research questions within the disciplines, and integrate movement-based principles into a variety of activities taking place in laboratory, educational, clinical and athletic settings.

Graduate students may choose to focus on any of the following areas:

  • Exercise Physiology
  • Exercise Psychology
  • Motor Control
  • Nutrition, Physical Activity & Chronic Disease
  • Sport Psychology

 

This area of emphasis is designed for students who wish to gain an understanding of the basic science, research approaches, and practical applications associated with exercise physiology. As a research-intensive degree, this includes the investigation of the following topics.

  • Comparisons of traditional versus cluster set protocols on the hormonal and metabolic responses to resistance exercise;
  • Sport related concussions, focusing on biomarkers of neural damage and interventions with nutritional treatments such as DHA;
  • The effects of nutritional interventions with anti-inflammatory agents on vascular function;
  • The effects of heat exposure on the stress responses during exercise and ways to mitigate these responses;
  • The use of exercise, particularly resistance exercise, as a means of reducing the risk of diseases associated with inactivity (cardiovascular disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, etc.) through the study of cellular and molecular mechanisms; and
  • The influence of acute and chronic exercise on immunological function/response in various populations (athletes, elderly persons).

Coursework is designed to provide students with a sound theoretical background in basic and applied physiology, and research methods. The exercise physiology emphasis is meant to prepare students for further graduate study, employment in research settings, and other occupations dealing with exercise and health.

Exercise psychology is an area of emphasis that is designed for students who are interested in obtaining a knowledge base in the psychological antecedents and consequences of physical activity participation with an emphasis on recreation, exercise, and physical education.  Students completing this area of study are prepared to apply physical activity principles in the schools, and in working with the active general population.

This area of emphasis is designed for students who wish to gain an understanding of the research approaches, and practical applications associated with exercise psychology. As a research-intensive degree, this includes the investigation of the following topics.

  • The effects of physical activity in the school setting on academic performance and character development; and
  • The use of increased recess and the restructuring of the school day as interventions to improve the development and physical well-being of children.
  • Both of these areas of investigation are tied to the LiiNK Project. 
  • For more information on the exercise psychology emphasis and/or the LiiNK Project, contact Dr. Debbie Rhea.

Coursework is designed to provide students with a sound theoretical background in basic and applied exercise psychology, and research methods. The exercise psychology emphasis is meant to prepare students for further graduate study, employment in school settings, and other occupations dealing with exercise and health, particularly for children.

Motor control is an area of emphasis which focuses on questions concerning how movements are coordinated, controlled, and learned. The area is diverse in both its academic foundations (neuroscience, biomechanics, and experimental psychology) as well as its practical applications (Physical Education, Kinesiology, Rehabilitation, Human Factors Engineering). Students completing this area of emphasis would be prepared for careers in a variety of movement-based professions and/or doctoral studies.

Students completing this area of emphasis would be prepared for careers in a variety of movement-based professions and/or doctoral studies.  For more information on the motor control emphasis, contact Dr. Adam King.

This area of emphasis is designed for students who are interested in understanding the role of nutrition and physical activity in the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases, and factors that influence energy intake and expenditure. Students who graduate with this emphasis will be prepared for positions in research laboratories and doctoral studies.

This area of emphasis is designed for students who are interested in understanding the role of nutrition and physical activity in the prevention and treatment of chronic disease, and factors that influence energy intake and expenditure. The course work will provide the students with a strong background in topics including nutrition, physical activity and disease, obesity, exercise physiology, research methods, and exercise metabolism and endocrinology.

Students who graduate with this emphasis will be prepared for doctoral studies. For more information on the nutrition and disease emphasis, contact Dr. Meena Shah.

Students will be exposed to major psychological theories, classic and contemporary empiricism, and relevant applications in various physical activity settings with a particular emphasis on utilization of psychological techniques to enhance sport performance and psychological benefits and ramifications of the youth sport experience. Students completing this area of emphasis will be prepared for careers in consulting, coaching, physical activity leadership opportunities, or doctoral studies.

This area of emphasis is designed for students who are interested in obtaining a knowledge base in the psychological antecedents and consequences of physical activity participation. Students will be exposed to major psychological theories, classic and contemporary empiricism, and relevant applications in various physical activity settings including competitive sport, recreation, exercise, and physical education. Particular emphasis is placed on utilization of psychological techniques to enhance sport performance and psychological benefits and ramifications of the youth sport experience. Students completing this area of emphasis will be prepared for careers in coaching, physical activity leadership opportunities, or doctoral studies.

Students who graduate with this emphasis will be prepared for doctoral studies. For more information on the nutrition and disease emphasis, contact Dr. Gloria Salomon.