Division of Kinesiology

Kinesiology is the multidisciplinary field of study covering human movement, exercise and physical activity. Members of this Division are trained and specialised in the key subdisciplines of kinesiology, including exercise physiology, exercise psychology, and motor learning/control. This Division aims to investigate the role of exercise and physical activity through a wide range of investigations at a molecular, individual and population level and apply the findings toward improving human health and well-being. Our interdisciplinary projects currently focus on the physiological aspects of exercise and its measurement in different populations and lifestyles and how such factors can contribute to improving public health by addressing issues such as physical inactivity, obesity and aging, psychological aspects of exercise behaviours, beneficial characteristics of specific exercise modalities, cognitive mechanisms underlying skill learning and performance, perceptual mechanisms underlying precise human movement, and the influence of the natural/built environment on walkability and other physical activity behaviours.

Current research emphases include:

  • The health-promoting effects and underlying mechanisms of high-intensity interval training (HIIT) and Tai Chi
  • Molecular mechanisms of muscle adaptation and plasticity in response to exercise, disuse, aging and diseases
  • Psychosocial, motivational, and social cognitive processes underpinning human health and exercise behaviours
  • Evidence-based digital health interventions in injury and disease prevention, safety in sports, and anti-doping
  • The role of conscious motor processing, fall efficacy and perception in walking and falling in elders
  • Motor learning, balance training, risk of fall assessment, fall prevention/intervention and rehabilitation 

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