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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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 […]

A Historian’s View of the Fractured World of Kinesiology

Professor Patricia Vertinsky is a historian of physical culture and is a Distinguished University Scholar. In “Searching for Balance: A Historian’s View of the Fractured World of Kinesiology,” Vertinsky has written a self-reflective article on the development of the discipline of physical education and kinesiology. Vertinsky writes, “In this essay, I drew upon the perspectives of Walter […]

Congratulations to KIN graduate student Derek Paterson & Dr. Guy Faulkner on their recently published paper.

Congratulations to Derek Paterson & Dr. Guy Faulkner on their recently published paper, “Exploring the impact of COVID-19 on the movement behaviors of children and youth: A scoping review of evidence after the first year.” The paper aims to summarize systematically the available literature investigating the relationships between the Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic and […]