Innovation drives research in the School of Kinesiology

The School of Kinesiology is internationally recognized for its distinguished research and innovation applied to the study of human movement, sport, physical activity, and health. The School is home to over 25 active researchers and 100 graduate students, who are linked through collaborative, multidisciplinary networks with other institutions, research centres, and clusters at UBC and abroad.

In 2018 the Chan Gunn Pavilion opened its doors on Wesbrook Mall to serve as the new hub for sports medicine and exercise science research at UBC.


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Research News

Congratulations to Drs. Eli Puterman, Mark Beauchamp, Michael Koehle and to Benjamin Hives, Nicole Grishin, Stacy Hutton, and Nicole Mazara for their new published paper.

New findings: COVID-19 Pandemic and Exercise (COPE) trial: a multigroup pragmatic randomised controlled trial examining effects of app-based at-home exercise programs on depressive symptoms. Congratulations to Drs. Eli Puterman, Mark Beauchamp, Michael Koehle and to Benjamin Hives, Nicole Grishin, Nicole Mazara, Stacy Hutton, and Nicole Mazara for their new paper published by the British Journal […]

Congratulations to Drs. Robert Boushel, HC Holmberg, Jose Calbet on their new paper on COVID receptor expression.

Drs. Robert Boushel, Jose Calbet (Affiliate professor), Hans Christer Holmberg (Affiliate Professor), and colleagues have published a study investigating Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme 2 (ACE2) in skeletal muscle. ACE2 enzymes generate proteins that control blood pressure. The SARS-CoV-2 virus penetrates human cells by binding to ACE2 receptors, causing COVID-19 infections. The study found that muscle ACE2 protein expression is higher in […]

Congratulations to Nikki Hodges & Pearson Wyder-Hodge for their published Topical Review: Perceptual-cognitive Skills, Methods, and Skill-based Comparisons in Interceptive Sports

In this article, the authors provide “definitional clarity regarding whether a skill is primarily visual attentional (ranging from fundamental/low-level skills to high-level skills) or cognitive”, and review those skills that have been studied using sport-specific stimuli or tests, such as postural cue anticipation in baseball, as well as those that are mostly devoid of sport […]

“An Examination of Dweck’s Psychological Needs Model in Relation to Exercise-Related Well-Being” – study by Colin M. Wierts, Guy Faulkner and Mark Beauchamp

This two-part study examined Dweck’s psychological needs model in relation to exercise-related well-being and particularly focused on the basic need for optimal predictability and compound needs for identity and meaning. In Part 1 (N = 559), using exploratory factor analysis, scores derived from items assessing optimal predictability (prediction of affect and instrumental utility in exercise) were empirically […]