KPE Research Institute and Labs

The Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education (KPE) supports a vibrant research community and is comprised of innovative and award-winning experts whose ground-breaking work serves to improve global health, wellness, and disease prevention. In addition to exploring sports and exercise sciences, researchers are also advancing knowledge in sports psychology and sociology.

Sylvan Adams Sports Science Institute (SASSI)

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Committed to the advancement of elite athletic performance through academic research. SASSI is a world-leading facility that aims to transfer sports science research findings directly to the athletes, coaches, and support staff for whom it matters most. 

Clinical Exercise & Respiratory Physiology (CERPL)

Researchers setting up equipment

Improving health and clinical care for adults with chronic pulmonary disease.

Theories and Interventions in Exercise and Health Psychology (TIE)

Tie Lab Research Student taking notes during testing

Examining psychosocial factors of physical activity adoption/maintenance and promoting health behaviour through interventions, particularly for adults with chronic conditions. 

Biomechanics Lab: Ice Hockey Research Group (IHRG)

Skating test at the hockey arena

Evaluating the ergonomic and mechanical function of hockey equipment and protective gear for optimal safety and performance.

Biomechanics of Occupation and Sport (BOS) Laboratory

Researchers looking at computer data

Advancing knowledge of muscle fatigue and musculoskeletal injuries/disorders in sports and workplace settings.

Choices in Health, Action, Motivation, Pedagogy, and Skills (CHAMPS) Lab

CHAMP Observation

Specializing in phenomena surrounding mental health and lifelong physical activity.

Health and Fitness Promotion Lab (HFP)

Researchers testing in the Egg Machine

Conducting trans-disciplinary research with an emphasis on weight control in a variety of populations. 

Human Brain Control of Locomotion (HBCL)

Testing in progress at the HBCL Lab

Identifying brain structures directly involved in the control of posture, locomotion, and steering of human locomotion. 

Muscle Physiology and Biophysics Lab (MPB)

Researcher with equipment

Focusing on the molecular and cellular mechanisms of muscle contraction and force regulation in health and disease.

Spinal Cord Injury Peer Mentorship (SCIPM)

Two students in wheelchairs

Partnering with community organizations to develop research that will enhance the lives of Canadians living with spinal cord injuries.

Sport Psychology Research Laboratory

Dr. Gordon Bloom with hockey players and the Bloom Cup

Helping athletes and coaches achieve personal development and performance success through research.

Cardiovascular Health and Autonomic Regulation (CHARLab)

Researching the sympathetic nervous system’s effect on human cardiovascular health.


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