College will host Kinesiology Research Day

AUGUSTA, GA – The Augusta University College of Education will host Kinesiology Research Day from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Friday, April 20, in Christenberry Fieldhouse. The day will highlight research from undergraduate and graduate kinesiology students.

Dr. Claudio Battaglini, professor of kinesiology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will serve as keynote speaker. He will discuss his current research on heart rate and oxygen uptakes in response to exercise intensity, focusing on its impact in oncology.

Augusta University encourages students to experience research and scholarly activity, with faculty oversight, in many different ways. The Center for Undergraduate Research and Scholarship (CURS) supports faculty-led research and scholarly activity with undergraduates. The Honors Program guides students to complete a thesis that is a project of research, scholarship, or creative activity completed by an honors student under the mentorship of a faculty advisor.

Junior kinesiology major Grant Blume is one such honors student, who has been awarded two grants to study the relationship between ketones and golf accuracy, under the leadership of Dr. Maleah Holland, professor of kinesiology.

And senior kinesiology major Amanda Dojack recently completed research on the relationship between cognitive performance and cardiovascular health in older versus younger people.

The department recently opened a new research and education dry lab, which features several pieces of health and performance training and measurement equipment, will benefit students and faculty in education and research.

Enrollment in kinesiology has seen rapid growth, so the laboratory installation also addresses overcrowding in other classrooms and labs.

“More students are becoming interested in kinesiology as a major because more people are getting into wellness,” said Dr. Steven Page, chair of the department.

According to institutional analytics from Fall 2017, kinesiology is the fourth most popular major at AU, encompassing exercise physiology, coaching and fitness instruction, and health professions like physical therapy, occupational therapy, nutrition, health promotion and more.

Kinesiology is the scientific study of the anatomy, physiology, and mechanics of body movement, especially in humans. A bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology leads to careers in exercise; fitness, wellness, and health promotion; sport; and rehabilitation. For more information, visit www.augusta.edu/education/kns.

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