Kinesiology is an interdisciplinary field focusing on the science of human movement. Its four basic elements – biochemistry, biomechanics, motor control, and physiology – are integrated to allow kinesiologists to address a wide variety of questions. In recent years, the field of kinesiology has evolved toward less emphasis on sport and a much stronger focus on an understanding of human movement and the role of physical activity and exercise in health and disease. To those ends, kinesiologists use tools from molecular biology, neuroscience, engineering, medicine, and computer science to work on unique problems in a diverse array of settings that include laboratories, hospitals, health and wellness centers, and field environments.
in the spotlight
Associate Professor of Kinesiology Brian Umberger is the co-principal investigator on a three-year, $630,331 National Science Foundation (NSF) grant led by Engineering's Frank Sup to develop revolutionary robotic prostheses for below-knee amputees.
Albert Mendoza, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Kinesiology, was recently awarded a 1-year, $27,857 grant by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).