Kinesiology Lab Days

Kinesiology Lab Days

We established Kinesiology Lab Days more than 40 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.

Though we weren't able to welcome high school students to our in-person labs in December 2020, we embraced the opportunity to bring our labs into classrooms through three virtual kinesiology labs in November and December.

Recognizing the challenges educators continue to face with ongoing COVID restrictions, we're extending access to the labs until April 30, 2021.

To access the labs, please register by April 23, 2021.

Virtual labs 

Flexing arm emojiWork those muscles!

Force and fatigue! In this lab, students will put their muscles to the test and learn about muscle force generation with experiments focusing on muscle moment of force and muscle fatigue.
 

Heart emojiDon't miss a beat!

Got rhythm? In this lab, students will get to the heart of the matter and learn about the cardiovascular system and how to use heart rate in experiments at rest, during postural changes, while exercising or during recovery, and in estimating VO2 max.
 

Brain emojiReady, set, neuro!

Do you have lightning-fast reflexes? In this lab, students will dive into the topic of neuroscience, investigating response time through interactive experiments, Hick's Law, and Fitts' Law.
 

Weightlifter emojiAb-ove average core

A strong core is more than a six pack! In this lab, students will test their knowledge and strength in activities and experiments focused on challenging their core. Students will learn how integral the core strength is to everyday life.

Meditation emojiCentre of attention

Are you a pro at multitasking? We challenge students to assess how much brainpower it takes to perform tasks that are considered automatic. In this lab, students will gain knowledge about motor learning, automaticity, and attention.

Cartwheel emojiA balancing act

How good is your balance? In this lab, students will discuss how different sensory inputs help us maintain our balance under static and dynamic conditions. We’ll quantify our balance and gait control during various challenges while standing and walking. 

 

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