Graduate student press releases

Published research from active graduate students 

Our master's and doctoral students in the Department of Kinesiology are active researchers. Here is a sampling of the research that our students are making an impact with. 

Are flip-flops more dangerous than bare feet?

 Foot wearing flip-flops hooked up to movement measurement equipment

Kinsiology PhD student Lia Tennant was part of a team that found that Flip-flops have a tendency to come off the foot entirely during slips in dry and wet conditions, contributing to a greater risk of injury.


Low-tech footrest can help prevent lower-back pain

A person's feet with one propped on footrest.

PhD candidate Kayla Fewster (Kinesiology) was the lead author on a study that determined that people who stand at work for long periods of time might be able to avoid lower back pain by intermittently using a footrest.

How to make the pushup work for you

Photo of person doing a pushup.

Doctoral student Alan Cudlip (Kinesiology) was a co-author on a study that investigated the pushup as a highly adaptable exercise that can be tailored to help individuals with specific needs.

Virtual reality motion sickness may be predicted and counteracted 

student wearing a virtual reality mask with student and professor assiting them.

Séamas Weech is a postdoctoral research fellow in Kinesiology who led a study that helped identify which individuals will develop cybersickness (motion sickness caused by virtual reality applications), and how to counteract it.

Virtual reality games could recalibrate neurological disorders

Child wearing virtual reality headset as other kids watch.

Virtual reality (VR) could help individuals with neurological conditions such as autism, schizophrenia and Parkinson’s disease. This study, co-authored by post-doctoral fellow Séamas Weech (Kinesiology) found that VR could be a valuable tool for recalibrating time in the brain.

Standing desks may lead to lower back pain

Person standing using a keyboard at a standing desk

PhD candidate Daniel Viggiani (Kinesiology) found that people have different levels of standing tolerance in this UWaterloo study. 

Researchers combine wearable technology and AI to predict the onset of health problems

Electronic tablet with graphics of health monitors, a stethescope, and a clipboard and pen

As a PhD student in Kinesiology, Thomas Beltrame led an interdisciplinary study that found that applying artificial intelligence to the right combination of data retrieved from wearable technology may detect whether your health is failing. Today, he is a post-doctoral student in Brazil. 

See our students in action

Video of Matt Vonk's winning three minute thesis presentation.

See our graduate students present their research with just one slide and three minutes.