Department of Health, Kinesiology and Sport

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Discover Your Passion for Learning

Welcome to the Department of Health, Kinesiology, and Sport where we offer Bachelors and Masters Degrees with majors / minors / concentrations in Health and Physical Education - Teacher Education, Exercise Science (Health-Fitness and Pre-Health Professional Concentrations), Health, Therapeutic Recreation, Sport and Recreation Management, a totally on-line Master of Science Degree in Sport Management, and a Sport Coaching Certificate.

Our mission is to enhance theory and practice, scholarship and service, about, in, and through human movement, healthy living, physical activity, and sport.

The department emphasizes the cross-disciplinary foundations of Health, Kinesiology, and Sport while providing both theoretical and practical knowledge related to the biological, physical, socio-cultural, philosophical, and psychological factors underlying health and all forms of physical activity and sport.

Graduates from our programs can gain immediate entry into a number of physical activity, health, and sport related jobs or can seek advanced study.

Congratulations to all our graduates and current students and their many accomplishments:

Spring 2018 Graduates Accepted into Doctor of Physical Therapy Programs

  • Matt Weinhold – University of Wisconsin
  • Monica Lolley – University of South Alabama
  • Natalie Overstreet - University of South Alabama
  • Kristian Foster - University of South Alabama
  • Joshua Cox – University of Central Florida
  • Anna Puckett – University of South Alabama
  • Hannah Meadows - University of South Alabama

Spring 2018 Graduates Accepted into Master of Occupational Therapy Programs

  • Kayla Watts - University of Alabama, Birmingham

Congratulations to the following Students who completed an Undergraduate Honors Thesis Spring 2018

  • Anna Puckett – The Effect of Foot Positioning on Muscle Activation of the Triceps Surae during Heel-Raise Exercise While Sitting and Standing.
  • Monica Lake Lolley – Effects of Incentives on Stage of Readiness to Change for Physical Activity in College Age Students.
  • Eleanor Harwell – Effects of Equine Therapy on Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Qualitative Study.
  • Marlee Necaise – Student Attitudes Towards Individuals with Spinal Cord Injuries.

Graduate Student Activities Enhancement Program Award Recipient

  • Zachary Blahnik – Exercise Science Master of Science Program

HKS Students Awarded 2018 USA Summer Undergraduate Research Scholarships

  • Andrew Theodore – The effect of (-)-epicatechin supplementation combined with resistance exercise on brachial artery diameter and nitric oxide metabolites.
  • Srihari Prahadeeswaran – Effect of 4 weeks of (-)-epicatechin supplementation and exercise on skeletal muscle mitochondrial protein content and gene expression.
  • Braden Urban - Modification and Reformation of Sports Nutrition Knowledge Survey.
HKS Research

HKS Faculty and students presented on the results of their research projects at the International Society of Sports Nutrition Conference in Tampa, Florida.

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Dr. Shelley Holden and Zachary Blahnik presented their research on "Relationship between Selected Dietary Habits, Academic Achievement, Body Mass Index, and Perceived Body Image among Collegiate Female Track and Field Athletes."

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Dr. Neil Schwarz and Brandon Funderburg presented their research on "Effect of Acute (-) Epicatechin Supplementation on Time to Complete the 15.5 CrossFit Workout." 

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Dr. Geoffrey Hudson presented his research on "Energy System Analytical Techniques for Wingate Anaerobic Capacity Tests."

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Dr. Neil Schwarz and Zac Blahnik presented their research on "A Randomized Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Trial of (-)- Epicatechin Supplementation on Applications to Aerobic and Anaerobic Endurance Exercise Training."