News archive - January 2010

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Professor Stuart McGill explains risks associated with sit-ups and recommends alternatives

After three decades of figuring how out the spine works, Stuart McGill has come to loathe sit-ups. It doesn’t matter whether they are the full sit-ups beloved by military trainers or the crunch versions so ubiquitous in gyms. “What happens when you perform a sit-up?” he asks. “The spine is flexed into the position at which it damages sooner.”

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Waterloo mourns the passing of Kinesiology visionary Norman Ashton

Norman Jesse Ashton

It is with sadness that the University of Waterloo announces the passing of Norman J. Ashton, a pioneer of what is now the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences, and in most eyes the founder of kinesiology as a field of study. Ashton died Tuesday, January 19, 2010, aged 83.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Research Institute for Aging wins international innovator's award

The Schlegel-University of Waterloo Research Institute for Aging (RIA) has won an innovator's award from the International Council on Active Aging for adapting a ground-breaking program in order to encourage senior citizens to become more active.