Research in Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology focuses on three areas:
Exercise and Integrative Physiology
The department focuses on exercise and integrative physiology, with a particular emphasis on neural control of circulation. Both animal and human models are used for this research focus, and investigators are funded by the National Institutes of Health and the American Heart Association. Current projects include studies examining the influence of sleep deprivation on neurovascular control in humans, and the influence of high salt diets on sympathetic neural control in animals. Researchers conducting studies in this area are actively engaged in a number of societies including the American Physiological Society, the American Autonomic Society, and the American Heart Association.
Biomechanics and Motor Learning
Our department's comprehensive human biomechanics laboratory is equipped for full-gait analysis, featuring motion capture with Vicon technology. Current projects are aimed at better understanding the biomechanics of obesity. Our faculty’s research interests in motor learning are based in the concept of mental practice as it pertains to sports and general health.
Occupational Safety and Health
Research encompasses several aspects of biomechanics, motor control, and physiology. Projects focus on investigating multifactorial causes and injury mechanisms of work-related musculoskeletal disorders and performance decrements, and on developing relevant ergonomic controls, guidelines, and interventions.
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