Leaders in movement science

With the establishment of the world's first department of kinesiology, the University of Waterloo was instrumental in defining the science of human movement and continues to lead the evolution of this exciting discipline.

Through understanding the cellular to societal implications of physical activity, nutrition and lifestyle, our research, academic programs and services aim to optimize health, prevent injury and illness, and extend the years of high quality life.

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  1. Feb. 27, 2019Variety necessary to bring anxiety-reducing meditation to university classroomsAttentive students in large classroom

    Variety may be the key to encouraging large groups of students to engage in anxiety-relieving behaviour, according to a study at the University of Waterloo.

  2. Feb. 19, 2019How to make the pushup work for youMale doing tricep pushup

    If you want to improve your golf swing, softball pitch, or tennis serve, the pushup is for you.

    The pushup is a highly adaptable exercise that can be tailored to help individuals with specific needs, say a team of UWaterloo researchers who studied a modified pushup, called a ‘pushup plus.’

  3. Oct. 12, 2018Remembering Jay ThomsonJay Thomson.

    James A. (Jay) Thomson, professor emeritus in Waterloo’s Department of Kinesiology, passed away October 9. An expert in nutrition and the biochemistry of exercise, Thomson’s research focused on how metabolism and contractile events in skeletal muscle are affected by acid accumulation during intense work. He taught generations of kinesiology students the foundations of biochemistry, human nutrition, and adaptive physiology.

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  1. Mar. 30, 2019UW KINnectionOlder adults practicing yoga and exercise with trainers.

    Do you have osteoarthritis, low bone mineral density, osteoporosis or just want to learn more about bone health?

    At UW KINnection, you attend a free two-hour, one-on-one session with a kinesiology student at the University of Waterloo. They will assess some aspects of your physical function, including posture, flexibility, strength and balance, and teach you some new exercises.

  2. Apr. 6, 20192019 University of Waterloo Brain BeeBrain Bee logo.

    The University of Waterloo Brain Bee, hosted by the Department of Kinesiology, is a competition for students in grades 9 through 12 in the Region of Waterloo. Competitors answer questions about the brain and neuroscience, with the winner proceeding to the national brain bee competition.

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