Kinesiology Lab Days

REGISTRATION FOR KINESIOLOGY LAB DAYS 2022 IS NOW CLOSED. Registration for Lab Days 2023 will open in September 2023.

We're back! Our next Kinesiology Lab Days will be IN PERSON at the University of Waterloo.

We established Kinesiology Lab Days more than 45 years ago as an introduction to the then relatively new field of kinesiology — the science of human movement. Since then, the University of Waterloo has established itself as an international leader in kinesiology research and education.

Kinesiology Lab Days will run:
December 7 - 9 and 12 - 16, 2022
10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. each day (including a one-hour lunch break for students to enjoy their own lunches).

You can find directions and parking instructions here.


Bring your class to campus for a day of live labs!

Students will choose to attend three of the following seven labs:

A balancing act

scaleHow good is your balance? In this lab, students will be introduced to the sensory inputs used for balance as well as how those inputs can be affected. Students will test their knowledge of balance and determine how much control they truly have. 

Connections to your classroom:

  • Neuroscience 
  • Kinesiology 

Don't miss a beat

heartHave you heard this beat? In this lab, students will learn about heart rate, blood pressure, and cardiovascular testing. Students will step into the role of clinician as they part take in a submaximal cardiovascular test.  

Connections to your classroom:

  • Human physiology 
  • Biology
  • Kinesiology, exercise
 

Flex and furious: neural drive

arm flexedIt’s time to give it your all! In this lab, students will be introduced to neuroscience and will examine muscle activation during exercise. Students will put their driving skills to the test when their own muscles will be controlling the car.  

Connections to your classroom:

  • Human Anatomy, Human Physiology 
  • Kinesiology, Biology, Chemistry 

Reaction to action

clock timerDo you have lightning-fast reflexes? In this lab, students will be introduced to neuroscience and investigate control of movement. Students will challenge themselves in lab experiments testing their response time. 

Connections to your classroom:

  • Neuroscience
  • Kinesiology 

That's a wrap

Wrapped up headOuch! In this lab, students will be introduced to athletic taping, the importance of taping and common injuries in sport. Students will apply their knowledge with hands-on taping experiences.  

Connections to your classroom:

  • Human anatomy, Exercise 
  • Injury prevention, Kinesiology 

Neurological inquiries

brainIt’s a no-brainer! In this lab, students will explore real human brain specimens while identifying major structures and their functions. Students will visit four different stations, each led by a Kinesiology student.  Teachers, please use discretion when selecting students for this workshop. Students who have had difficulty with animal dissections are not good candidates for this particular experience.  

Connections to your classroom:

  • Neuroscience 
  • Biology 

Anatomical inquiries

Bone emojiWhat lies beneath? In this lab, students will review and explore the musculoskeletal and cardiovascular systems using real human cadaver specimens. Students will visit 4 different stations, each led by a Kinesiology student who will show them structures and answer questions. Please note that this workshop is not suitable for all students. Teachers, please use discretion when selecting students for this workshop. Students who have had difficulty with animal dissections are not good candidates for this particular experience.  

Connections to your classroom:

  • Human anatomy
  • Kinesiology
  • Biology

Kinesiology overview

Share this introductory video with your students to help them learn more about Kinesiology. 


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