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

Dr. Paige Pope

How to achieve lasting behaviour change at the heart of new research study

“There is enough information out there for anybody to start a health and wellness journey, but information alone is not enough to make lasting change,” says Pope. “This program is designed to tap into what motivates you individually and then use interactive learning modules and accompanying activities that help you identify and change underlying attitudes and beliefs that may be getting in your way of reaching your goals.”

A new year for many is more than just a flip of the calendar, rather it’s another opportunity to make substantial changes in their lives, from mental to physical health, to relationships, financial planning and more. Recognizing these well-meaning resolutions often rarely last, researchers at Queen’s University and the University of Lethbridge are studying a new way to approach lasting behaviour change.

Participants are now being sought for a novel research trial, the Preparedness for the Future Program, that will allow successful applicants free access to an online program designed to maximize life satisfaction, increase longevity, and enhance quality of life physically, socially and mentally.

Amy Whipple

Amy Whipple (BA '07) inducted into the 2021 Alumni Honour Society

Amy Whipple initially launched Sugar Bakeshop, a home-based commercial bakery, to juggle raising a family while pursuing her passions. Trial and error taught Whipple the ins and outs of entrepreneurship, and after years of baking specialty cakes she founded WHIPS Caramels, an artisan caramel shop. Despite her candies reaching worldwide distribution, Whipple’s motivations have always been community minded. In 2015, she started “Sugar Gives,” providing cakes to local families impacted by the illness of a child.

Students receive commemorative coins recognizing their contribution to the advancement of gender equity

Professor Ilsa Wong brought her students a meaningful learning experience last fall, with seven students from her class awarded commemorative coins recognizing their contributions to the advancement of gender equality.

Meet Shining Student Walker English, Pii-taa Kyaa-tsis

Fourth-year kinesiology student Walker English didn't have far to go when he chose ULethbridge as he grew up thirty minutes down highway three in Fort Macleod. Walker appreciates the strong sense of …

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Deng Dak - Pronghorn Basketball

"It’s means a lot. It’s a month where I can actually sit and reflect on the trials and tribulations that people that look just like me went through."

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Moreau Darlington - Pronghorn Basketball

"Keep pushing, no matter your current situation. Keep pushing, keep believing, keep showing up every day no matter the outcome eventually it pays off in more way than you can imagine."

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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 University of Lethbridge is proud to offer you an exceptional opportunity to explore professional development through academic programs and services designed to give you a competitive edge in a fast-changing world.

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