Podcasts & Audio Recordings

The School of Kinesiology is pleased to provide you with audio recordings featuring top academics from UBC School of Kinesiology and from around the world.

Hear about the most recent research and discoveries in sport science & psychology in our Distinguished Speakers Series, learn about programs and listen to insightful discussions on current issues such as children and independent mobility, sport and reconciliation, and the latest approaches to high performance coaching and technical design.


Distinguished Speaker Series: Contemporary systems-based approaches to physical activity

Diane Crone is a Professor in Exercise and Health and Director of the (soon to be launched) Centre for Health, Activity and Wellbeing Research at the Cardiff Metropolitan University. Her expertise lies in the area of the design, delivery and evaluation of health promoting interventions in primary and secondary health care, and in the community. She has published internationally in the areas of exercise referral scheme evaluation, mental health promotion, arts for health and in physical activity pathway intervention evaluations.


Distinguished Speaker Series: What ‘startles’ tell us about motor control in health & disease

Early release, and sometimes also augmentation, of motor responses is called StartReact. It was first demonstrated for voluntary single-joint movements, and later studies confirmed that this effect also pertains to more automated whole-body responses, such as postural responses, stepping and avoiding sudden obstacles. In her talk, Dr. Vivian Weerdesteyn presents work in patients with corticospinal lesions that supports the involvement of the reticulospinal system in StartReact, discusses how conflicting findings in choice reaction tasks may be understood within this framework, and implications of StartReact results for motor control in health and disease.


What is the Truth About Sport And Reconciliation?

The Indigenous Studies Program and the Centre for Sport and Sustainability, in the School of Kinesiology held an event on September 24th that featured Indigenous and settler scholars, activists and recreation providers discussing the role of sport in processes of decolonization, Indigenous self-determination and resurgence.
Professor Moss Norman hosted presenters that included Debra Sparrow, Artist/Cultural Educator, Musqueam Indian Band; Dr. Tricia Logan, Assistant Director of Research and Engagement, IRSHDC; Patrick Lucas, Aboriginal Youth Mountain Bike Program and Tom Eustache, Simpcw First Nation and community collaborator; Dr. Doug Clement, professor emeritus in the School of Kinesiology, winner of the UBC Alumni Achievement Award for Community Service and founder of the Rainforest Trail Run celebrating reconciliation and indigenous culture. The first half of the evening’s formal presentations were recorded.

A digital exhibit of Pride and Camaraderie: Stories of Residential School and Sport, curated by the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre was presented and is available here.


Cross Country Skiing – Fast, Faster, And Even Faster!

Dr. Holmberg is a professor of Sport Science at the Mid Sweden University and the Arctic University in Tromsø, Norway. He is also director of Research and Development at the Swedish Olympic Committee and provides a key link between academic research and elite sport in Sweden. He is also an affiliate professor in the UBC School of Kinesiology.
In this special presentation, Dr. Holmberg talks about new skiing techniques, and how improvements in equipment and track preparation have increased speed. Today’s cross country skier must master a wide range of speeds, terrains, racing distances and formats.


Creating Champions: Spotlight on the Professional Masters in High Performance Coaching

Presented by UBC School of Kinesiology; Canadian Sport Institute, Pacific; and UBC Athletics. Podcast recording by Clark’s Audio Visual.
The UBC School of Kinesiology gathered a panel of expert coaches together for an evening of discussion and insight into the Professional Masters of High Performance Coaching and Technical Leadership (MHPCTL) and the general state of professional coaching today.
Learn how th​e MHPCTL ​program is developing the next generation of coaches and technical leaders for Canada, and how it aims to raise the standard of sport as a safe, inclusive and performance-oriented pathway for Canada’s upcoming athletes.