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