Department of Kinesiology & Physical Education


Welcome to the Department of Kinesiology & Physical Education

Kinesiology is the study of human movement through physical activity and the critical role it plays in society from both an individual and cultural perspective.


The Department of Kinesiology & Physical Education values and promotes the study of human movement from a multidisciplinary perspective. Our programs are designed to provide you with the opportunity to study the theoretical and practical applications of activity as a cultural form, as well as individual performance at all levels of involvement and all ages. 

The BA program offers students the opportunity to investigate psychological, social, cultural, economic, and political influences that shape and limit opportunities for activity across the lifespan as well as studying the tremendous potential of sport and physical activity to bring pleasure and meaning to individuals and community.

The BSc program offer students the opportunity to investigate the anatomical, biomechanical, neurological and physiological characteristics that underlie human movement across the spectrum from basic tasks, such as reaching and walking, to elite sport performance.

The department houses a vibrant group of faculty members whose research is funded by a variety of granting agencies including the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Canadian Foundation for Innovation, the Natural Sciences & Engineering Research Council, and the Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council.

Department Highlights

Kinesiology Town Halls

Available sessions:

  • July 7 10AM
  • July 8 1PM
  • July 9 7PM

As always, we are committed to helping students succeed. We recognize that students have questions about what university is going to look like in the fall and we are building a plan to make sure that students are equipped to make the most of online learning. We will work with students to make the transition to both university and to online learning as seamless as we can.

As such, we have scheduled several town hall meetings with students about what fall looks like if most of our teaching is online. These meetings will provide students with an opportunity to meet faculty and other students, and ask specific questions about their programs and their courses. These sessions will be hosted on Zoom and invitations to attend have been, or will be, sent out to all students registered in a relevant class in fall 2020 as well as all associated majors and minors. Students interested in one of the sessions listed below who did not receive an invitation, please email us for the Zoom ID.

    U of L researcher examining ways to increase daily movement among older adults in assisted-living residences

    Some people might look forward to the time when they don’t have to shop, cook and clean house, but it turns out those activities actually support healthy aging.

    “When you take those kinds of activities away, people have no reason to get up and move,” says Dr. Jennifer Copeland, a University of Lethbridge kinesiology professor. “A lot of the ways most of us get some daily movement around the house, even now during the COVID-19 pandemic, is because we have to cook supper, do the dishes, get groceries and do basic domestic chores.”

    Copeland conducts research into healthy aging and, thanks to a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Catalyst Grant worth $91,000, she and a team of researchers will turn their attention to finding ways older adults in assisted living can increase their daily movement.

    Carly Adams

    PUBlic Professor Series: Dr. Carly Adams

    In case you missed it, or simply want to watch again, we have you covered. Watch as kinesiology professor, Dr. Carly Adams, explores

    "Hey, why don't we have a bonspiel?" Oral Histories, Sport, and (re)Imaging Community.

    In this talk, Dr. Adams highlights the value of conducting oral histories, both as a methodological strategy, and a form of activist research. Drawing on a number of projects, she explores how oral histories allow us to consider, question, and, in some instances, rewrite dominant narratives of community, sport, and social change.


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    Whether you’re looking for a more in-depth learning experience by assisting with research projects on campus or by testing your knowledge in a real-life work setting, we can help! The programs available in the Career Bridge office will provide you with a solid foundation for further studies and an excellent framework for a challenging and rewarding career — whatever direction you decide to go. Explore career options, participate in research and develop skills that complement your degree.

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