The Kinesiology faculty work on an array of exciting programs co-mingling instruction, research, and community service. The goal is to enhance quality of life by encouraging physical activity, as well as to document through research the effectiveness of these endeavors. Student involvement in these projects is welcome.
Campus-Based Laboratories and Clinics
- Mobility Center -- Ray de Leon
Students working at the Mobility Center gain valuable hands-on experience guiding individuals with physical impairments through an exercise program. The students learn how to perform special exercises and use adapted exercise equipment in classes taught by faculty who have extensive experience in therapeutic exercise. Clients include students and residents of surrounding communities, who benefit from an individually tailored program.
- Spinal Plasticity Laboratory -- Ray de Leon
Basic research in the Spinal Plasticity Laboratory investigates the effects of locomotor training after a spinal cord injury. Current projects utilize rodent models of spinal cord injury to study the use of robotic technology in facilitating locomotor training and to understand the neural mechanisms of training-enhanced locomotor recovery. These projects are supported by federal and state funds.
- Spinal Cord Injury Exercise Research -- Ray de Leon
Clinical research with a focus on the effects of exercise and the use of exercise devices on individuals with spinal cord injuries. How exercise impacts mobility, cardiovascular fitness, psychological and social well-being, and overall quality of life are assessed. One promising device being studied is the body weight support treadmill training system which has been successful in improving walking after a spinal cord injury. The faculty working on these federally funded projects are collaborating with prominent spinal cord injury reseachers at UCLA, UC Irvine, and the Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center.
- Physical Activity Center for Education (PACE) -- Dwan Bridges
Movement therapy, physical activity, social development activities, and recreation for children with disabilities provide diagnostic, therapeutic, and educational assistance for those who have difficulty with motor skills, coordination, perceptual motor functioning, and play and social skills. The Center, supported by client fees, is rooted in adapted physical education principles and practices. Students work with small groups of children, often one-on-one, under faculty direction.
- Exercise and Human Performance Laboratory -- Nazareth Khodiguian, Andrew Cornwell
Research at the Exercise and Human Performance Laboratory includes exercise physiology, biomechanics, and neuromotor control, using state-of-the-art equipment. Data collection capabilities include electromyographic and high-speed motion analyses, kinetic analyses from force platform data, body composition assessment, bone densitometry, electro-cardiography, exercise biochemistry, measurements of energy expenditure during activities, and measurements of physiological responses to exercise at high altitude. Support comes from gifts and federal funding.
Community-Based Development and
- Urban Youth Program -- Anne Larson
The Urban Youth Program encourages teens from underserved communities to pursue post-secondary education. Students and faculty organize and evaluate campus visits for youth, workshops for parents and guardians, and collaboration with youth workers in the community. The program is supported by gifts, grants, and contracts from foundations and government agencies.
- Senior Exercise Programs -- Ray de Leon
Faculty and students collaborate with community centers to provide exercise opportunities for older adults. Students often earn course credit for working with a variety of clients, ranging from those living independently to those who live in care facilities.
- School-Based Projects -- Anne Larson
Students gain practical experience delivering physical education instruction to youth, consulting with schools about physical education program reform, and working with teachers who deliver K-12 day, extended, and community-based physical education programs. Students are sometimes employed at program sites, and many earn course credit.
- Rehabilitation Design and Engineering -- Samuel Landsberger
Federally funded, the Rehabilitation Design and Engineering Program creates assistive technology to help people with disabilities live active and independent lives. From exciting new exercise machines to BeachCruiser motorized wheelchairs, students join faculty to study, invent, build, and test new devices to help clients perform at their maximum potential. Students work alongside biomedical engineers and clinicians.
- Outreach: Program in Rehabilitation
Engineering/Kinesiology -- Samuel Landsberger
Outreach Program team members visit middle and high schools to foster hands-on experience in rehabilitation engineering, kinesiology, and science. This federally funded program targets and energizes young people who may never have thought of studying physical activity scientifically, or thought of applying academic work to the creation of new and helpful technology.
- Youth Soccer Website -- Dany Frankl
The "Kids First Soccer" website is dedicated to the promotion of a child-centered approach to the organization and instruction of youth sports.