Research opportunities

Work with the experts

The professors in our Kinesiology program are actively engaged in research and work closely with our undergraduate students through independent studies or honours-level work. Since our program currently includes three streams—Fitness and Lifestyle, Ergonomics, and Coaching Science—students are often able to tailor some of their courses if they want to be more involved in research.

Because we have a master’s program in Kinesiology, we ensure our undergraduates are prepared for this level of study and research, should they choose to further their studies.

Our faculty members have expertise in a variety of specialized areas—and they’re often able to involve undergraduate students in research when they receive funding through their grants.

Some examples of our faculty research expertise:

  • Physical activity and cancer
  • Adolescent and young adult cancer
  • Health behaviour change
  • Interventions to promote physical activity
  • Web-based technologies to support physical activity behaviours
  • Health outcomes associated with physical activity
  • Clinical and occupational biomechanics
  • Workstation design
  • Biomechanics and psychophysics
  • Low back pain
  • Physical ergonomics
  • Human anthropometry, human reach, and reach surface modeling
  • Effects of personal protective equipment on human reach
  • Industrial workstation design, emergency egress, and helicopter ditchings
  • Physical designs for accessibility
  • Adaptation of bone to exercise in children, adults, and animals
  • Adaptation of bone to nutrition
  • Use of sport for health benefits
  • Nutrition and health
  • Obesity remediation
  • Bone measurement techniques
  • Bone imaging
  • Cognitive neuroscience of action and perception
  • Motor control
  • Vision
  • Movement disorders

Student research projects

As an undergraduate, you could volunteer to participate in research organized by graduate students in the Kinesiology program, in the studies they conduct as part of their thesis projects. Below is just a sample of some recent student-led research:

  • Examine the relationship between mental and physical fatigue: what are the factors in mental fatigue, and how is it related to a person's ability to perform physical movements?
  • Investigate the effects of protein supplements on muscle recovery: is there an advantage in how quickly a person can recover from resistance training?
  • Discover what motivates people to maintain an exercise regimen: Is it music that gets people most excited, or is it working in groups versus working alone?
  • Compare modes of exercise and blood flow to the limbs: does cycling improve blood flow to the lower extremities in people with vascular disorders?


Kinesiology research in the news

Research in motion

Dr. David Westwood’s work involves the science of movement control—everything from measuring the success of complex movements to what’s happening in the brain before our arms or eyes or legs begin to move. Read more about his research.