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
The American College of Sports Medicine recently awarded Corinna Serviente, a doctoral student in kinesiology, an ACSM Foundation Doctoral Student Research Grant. Serviente is a member of Assistant Professor Sarah Witkowski’s Molecular and Cardiovascular Physiology Lab.
Sofiya Alhassan, Associate Professor of Kinesiology, was recently named a 2016-2017 Family Research Scholar. The program's goal is to bring together a diverse, multi-disciplinary group of faculty to foster innovation and collaboration across research areas related to the family.