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UMass Amherst Kinesiology Lecturer Tom St. Laurent
April 24, 2019

The School of Public Health and Health Sciences (SPHHS) is pleased to announce that Thomas St. Laurent, lecturer and undergraduate program director in the Department of Kinesiology, has been selected to receive the 2018-2019 SPHHS Outstanding Online Teacher Award. The award, which is given annually by the School, recognizes excellence in online teaching.

April 23, 2019

Runner’s World published an article examining the importance of step cadence in meeting physical activity guidelines, and how runners can maximize the health benefits of their “non-running” steps.

University of Massachusetts Amherst Kinesiology student Julianna Averill
April 16, 2019

Kinesiology researchers have received funding to compare the effects of tai chi and mindfulness meditation on both the physical balance and psychosocial well-being of people with multiple sclerosis (MS). In a pilot study with 30 participants who have mild to moderate MS symptoms, researchers at the Motor Control Lab of Richard van Emmerik, professor of kinesiology, will use a one-year, $54,972 pilot grant from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society to measure the immediate and ongoing benefits of the two mind-body practices.

April 12, 2019

Researchers in the Physical Activity and Health Laboratory are seeking men ages 75-85 and women 81-85 to participate in a study to measure walking steps during treadmill exercise and during activities in daily life. Participation in the study involves one to three visits to the Physical Activity and Health Laboratory on campus for a total time commitment of 4 to 4.5 hours.

March 26, 2019

Stuart Chipkin, practicing endocrinologist and research professor in kinesiology, recently appeared on Connecting Point, a news show produced by local PBS station WGBY.

March 6, 2019

Researchers in the Department of Kinesiology seek volunteers with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) for a study investigating the impact of mindfulness training on balance in individuals with MS. The community-based intervention study will evaluate the impact an eight-week tai chi or mindfulness-based stress reduction course has on balance, and how long the benefit lasts.

February 25, 2019

A Reuters article reporting on research that found gender-affirming treatment is tied to better quality of life for older adults quotes Kinesiology research professor Stuart Chipkin, who says that the benefits of surgery and hormones are both physical and psychological.

February 6, 2019

Researchers in the department of kinesiology are seeking young volunteers, ages 1.5-17, for a movement observation in children and adolescents (MOCA) study to improve methods of measuring physical activity using wearable sensors.

February 6, 2019

Researchers in the Department of Kinesiology are seeking volunteers for a study investigating how exercise and footwear can impact individuals with knee osteoarthritis.

University of Massachusetts Department of Kinesiology Professor and Chair Catrine Tudor-Locke
January 31, 2019

In an ongoing study exploring walking for health across the adult lifespan, University of Massachusetts Amherst kinesiology researchers found that walking cadence is a reliable measure of exercise intensity and set simple steps-per-minute guidelines for moderate and vigorous intensity.​​​​​​​ Catrine Tudor-Locke, professor of kinesiology and associate dean for research, and postdoctoral researchers Elroy Aguiar and Scott Ducharme concluded that for adults, age 21-40, walking about 100 steps per minute constitutes moderate intensity, while vigorous walking begins at about 130 steps per minute. 

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