The Department of Health and Kinesiology contributes to the quality of life of the citizens of the state, nation and world through the creation and dissemination of innovative knowledge in the areas of health education, exercise physiology, motor behavior and neuroscience, sport pedagogy and sport management.
Faculty and students conduct research through our 15 research labs and 4 centers and institutes that include the Sydney and J.L. Huffines Institute for Sports Medicine and Human Performance (Huffines), the Center for Translational Research in Aging and Longevity (CTRAL), the Center for Sport Management Research and Education (CSMRE) and the Transdisciplinary Center for Health Equity Research (TCHER). The department focuses on research, training and services related to the science and benefits of health, human movement, sport, lifetime fitness activities and wellness.
In fiscal year 2015 principal investigators (PIs), Co-PIs, and Co-Is in the department received approximately $4 million in external funding, including grant awards from the Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas, National Institutes of Health, Woodbolt International, Department of Defense, among other agencies and foundations.
Significant initiatives include:
- chronic disease prevention and management through exercise and nutrition interventions
- exercise, sport nutrition, and obesity research
- sports medicine and human performance in all ages
- motor neuroscience research in children through elderly adults
- physical activity, health promotion, and wellness
- health equity and reduction of health disparities in underserved populations
- diversity in sport and athletics
- management of fitness, health, recreation and sport organizations
|Annual Funding for 2015: $4,014,168|
|Proposals Submitted by HLKN Faculty in 2015: 62|
FUNDING BROKEN DOWN BY AGENCY TYPE
FACULTY WHO ARE PI/CO-PI ON FUNDED PROJECTS
FACULTY WITH FUNDING
Percentage of Tenured/Tenure Track faculty with funding: 42%
CSMRE is committed to bringing together interdisciplinary researchers to create and distribute new and timely knowledge and practices concerning the application of sport management. Home to the Laboratory for Diversity in Sport and the Laboratory for the Study of Intercollegiate Athletics, the center is engaged research including examining how diversity and inclusion impact performance and how organizational effectiveness and efficiency affect the management of sport.
CENTER FOR TRANSLATIONAL RESEARCH IN AGING AND LONGEVITY
CTRAL is engaged in ongoing translational research on nutrition, exercise and metabolism in relation to aging and the common diseases of our aging population. Researchers investigate the role of metabolism in healthy aging and develop knowledge on how changes in nutrition can affect outcomes in disease and aging.
SYDNEY AND J.L. HUFFINES INSTITUTE FOR SPORTS MEDICINE AND HUMAN PERFORMANCE
The Huffines Institute is a national leader in facilitating research, application and communications between sport scientists, practitioners and the world. Members of the institute work to conduct cutting-edge research related to sports medicine that supports the role and efforts of practitioners in the field of health and human performance.
TRANSDISCIPLINARY CENTER FOR HEALTH EQUITY RESEARCH
TCHER is dedicated to health equity through research, teaching and service and focuses on research related to child and adolescent health, health disparities and health equity, rural and minority health, youth development and urban recreation. Researchers are nationally recognized as leaders in their field and actively contribute to the conversation surrounding health equity at national events and conferences.