We promote and optimize health, wellness, and performance through research, community engagement, service and teaching excellence. The Department of Kinesiology is proud of its associations with the Korey Stringer Institute and the Nayden Rehabilitation Clinic and our research at the Athletic Training Laboratory and Human Performance Laboratory.
Athletic Training Laboratory
The Department of Kinesiology has a state-of-the-art learning environment for its athletic training program. The Athletic Training Learning Laboratory lab, located in Gampel Pavilion, has been designed to mimic an athletic training room in form and function. It is only used for classes in the athletic training curriculum and enables our emphasis on hands-on learning during class, laboratory sessions, open lab times (for study groups and review sessions), and for certification examination test preparation.
Human Performance Laboratory
The Human Performance Laboratory is primarily housed and managed in Gampel Pavilion in the center of the Storrs campus. The HPL conducts interdisciplinary research impacting human health, performance, recovery/rehabilitation, and safety in physical activity and sport. Disciplines in current collaborative projects include clinical cardiovascular physiology, exercise prescription, statin biology, environmental exercise physiology, molecular biology and genetics/genomics, nutrition, athlete monitoring, sport performance, military training and performance, biomechanics and injury prevention, and children and sport. In addition to internationally-recognized scholarly productivity, the HPL is dedicated to mentoring and training young scholars and scientists, facilitating novel, global collaborative networks, and engaging with communities to impact positive social change.
Korey Stringer Institute
The Department of Kinesiology is proud of its associations with the Korey Stringer Institute and the Nayden Rehabilitation Clinic.
In 2010, the Korey Stringer Institute opened its doors in an effort to provide education, consultation, advocacy, research, and outreach for the prevention of sudden death in sport and physical activity. This institution was founded in memory of Korey Stringer, a Minnesota Vikings offensive lineman whose premature death resulted from complications of exertional heat stroke.
Motion Analysis Laboratory
The motion analysis lab is equipped with a 6-camera motion capture system, electromyography and multiple force plates. Research in the lab has examined aspects of sport biomechanics, visual perception, balance and fall risk. Research from the lab is published in leading journals in movement science, ecological psychology and sports healthcare.
REINVENT PT Lab
The REINVENT lab is interested in understanding developmental trajectories of individuals with neuro-developmental disabilities such as Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Down syndrome, and Intellectual Disability across the lifespan. We are interested in studying how infants and children with developmental disabilities explore their physical and social environment compared to typically developing peers and the cascading effects of motor difficulties on a child’s social communication and cognitive development.