Research

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 trainer working with patient in 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.

Athletic Training Laboratory website

aerial view of UConn's Wilbur Cross and Gampel Pavilion with other buildings

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.

Human Performance Laboratory website

Sport Optimization and Rehabilitation

The Division of Sport Optimization and Rehabilitation is part of the Human Performance Laboratory.

Human Performance Laboratory website

Korey Stringer

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.

Korey Stringer Institute website

physical therapy equipment in the laboratory

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.

Motion Analysis Laboratory website

UConn Health Nayden Rehabilitation Clinic

Nayden Rehabilitation Clinic

Our Nayden Rehabilitation Clinic provides premier physical therapy services to the community at large in our comfortable facility. Our clinicians provide high quality evidenced-based outpatient physical therapy services to UConn students, faculty and staff, as well as residents of surrounding towns.

Nayden Rehabilitation Clinic website

UConn Health Nayden Rehabilitation Clinic

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. 

REINVENT PT Lab website