High school students attend Kinesiology Lab Days at University of Waterloo

Wednesday, December 7, 2011
WATERLOO, Ont. (Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011) - Imagine being able to propel an electric model car around a classroom using only the electrical signals from your muscles. That’s just one of the intriguing health and movement lab applications that more than 1,000 Ontario high school students will experience at the University of Waterloo's Kinesiology Lab Days taking place weekdays from today to Dec. 16.

Hosted by the university’s department of kinesiology, the Kinesiology Lab Days program serves as an educational resource to hundreds of exercise science and biology teachers across the province. This year, Grade 12 students from 47 schools will learn about a wide range of human health and movement-related topics in mini-laboratory sessions.

“Kinesiology Lab Days is our way of introducing the next generation of university students to the exciting science and practice of kinesiology,” said Jim Rush, chair of the department of kinesiology. “Participating in these hands-on labs helps them discover how they can apply their interest in science and health to make a difference in people’s lives.”

The program was established 38 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. In July 2007, the Ontario government passed Bill 171, a landmark decision that officially made kinesiology a regulated health profession in this province.

Student visits begin at 10:15 a.m. each day with an introductory presentation on the science of human movement, taking place in the Sun Life Financial Auditorium (Room 1621) in the Lyle S. Hallman Institute for Health Promotion. Afterwards, students participate in lab experiences at the institute and neighbouring B.C Matthews Hall.

This year's lab topics include:

· Injury Prevention Using Ergonomic Design

· Gait and Balance Analysis

· Cardiovascular Health

· Psyched-Up: Learning and Performing Movement Tasks

· Work Those Muscles

· Dietary Forensics

Students will be introduced to equipment and techniques used in many of the kinesiology department's state-of-the-art research and teaching labs. Lab experiences range from learning to use electromyography to measuring breath-by-breath oxygen uptake - and even to the electric model car application.

Waterloo Region and Guelph schools are scheduled to attend on the following days:

· Wednesday, Dec. 7: Southwood Secondary School

· Thursday, Dec. 8: Galt Collegiate

· Friday, Dec. 9: Forest Heights Collegiate

· Monday, Dec. 12: Bishop Macdonell Catholic Secondary School

· Wednesday, Dec. 14: Grand River Collegiate Institute, Waterloo Collegiate Institute

· Thursday, Dec. 15: Resurrection Catholic Secondary School

About the University of Waterloo

In just half a century, the University of Waterloo, located at the heart of Canada's Technology Triangle, has become one of Canada's leading comprehensive universities with 30,000 full- and part-time students in undergraduate and graduate programs. Waterloo, as home to the world's largest post-secondary co-operative education program, embraces its connections to the world and encourages enterprising partnerships in learning, research and discovery. In the next decade, the university is committed to building a better future for Canada and the world by championing innovation and collaboration to create solutions relevant to the needs of today and tomorrow. For further details, visit www.uwaterloo.ca.

Media contacts:

Michelle Douglas-Mills, communications manager, faculty of applied health sciences, 519-888-4567 ext. 38345 or mdouglas@uwaterloo.ca

John Morris, media relations, 519-888-4435 or jmorris@uwaterloo.ca

Pamela Smyth, media relations, 519-888-4777 or psmyth@uwaterloo.ca

Waterloo news release no. 74
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