What is Kinesiology?
Simply, kinesiology is the study of human movement. When you study kinesiology, you learn how human movement effects the body and how exercise can improve the overall human health condition. Kinesiology students gain an understanding of the physiological, biomechanical and psychological mechanisms of human movement and how to apply that knowledge to improve health and wellness.
Kinesiology will help prepare physical educators, coaches, health, fitness and exercise science professionals to teach effective motor skills performance. They’ll also be able to evaluate exercises and activities on how they affect the human body.
In addition, kinesiology teaches the principal of neuroplasticity, or how movement and the brain are related. You’ll learn how increases in exercise improves brain function as it relates to human movement and motor function.
In kinesiology, you’ll not only learn how to improve the sports performance of healthy individuals you’ll also learn how to improve the performance of daily activities in populations that have suffered an impairment of function. Students of kinesiology learn that through therapeutic exercise you can improve motor function, health and wellness as well as improve athletic performance.
Kinesiology and Improving the Human Health Condition
According to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) between 2013 – 20141
- More than 1 in 3 adults were considered to be overweight.
- More than 1 in 3 adults were considered to have obesity.
- About 1 in 13 adults were considered to have extreme obesity.
- About 1 in 6 children and adolescents ages 2 to 19 were considered to have obesity.
Being overweight or obese increases your risk of type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, joint problems, and gall stones, among other conditions.1 In addition to diabetes and high blood pressure, obesity has a negative effect on cognition and motor behaviors.2
Introducing exercise to these populations will improve their motor function and overall health and wellness. Through the study of kinesiology, you’ll be able to identify the most safe and effective exercises to decrease weight and improve motor function.
Kinesiology and Our Aging Population
The US population is aging. By 2030, more than 20 percent of U.S. residents will be over the age of 65. In 2010, that number was 13 percent.3 An aging population means more age-related health issues.
Aging populations suffer from motor function declines such as balance and gait deficits, coordination deficits, and movement slowing. These declines can be attributed to dysfunctions in the nervous systems as well as the neuromuscular system.4
For students of kinesiology, the growing population of adults over 65 presents increased opportunities to apply what you have learned. A kinesiology degree will prepare you to work with aging populations to positively impact their motor function through therapeutic exercise.
Not only will students be prepared to address the obesity epidemic and the issues of our aging population they’ll be prepared for a wide variety of careers such as:
- Health Promotion
- Health & Safety (Management/Research/Administration)
- Disability Management/Case Coordination
- Health Education
- Athletic Training
- Athletic Coaches and Scouts
- Physical Education Teacher
At Concordia University – Chicago we offer a Bachelor’s of Science in kinesiology and a Master’s Degree in Exercise Science with a concentration in Human Movement Science. Our programs are 100% online with no campus visit required. Our tuition is affordable and guaranteed to not increase.
Want to read more about our online bachelor’s in kinesiology? Visit our kinesiology degree program page.
1 “Overweight & Obesity Statistics” National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. Web. 15 September 2017. https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/health-statistics/overweight-obesity
2 Wang, Chaunming. Chan, John S.Y. Ren, Lijie, Yan, Jin H. “Obesity Reduces Cognitive and Motor Functions across the lifespan” US National Library of Medicine & National Institutes of Health. 12 January 2016. Web. 15 September 2017. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4737453/
3 Ortman, Jennifer M. Velkoff, Victoria A. “An Aging Nation: The older Population in the United States” United States Census Bureau. May 2014. Web. 15 September 2017. https://www.census.gov/prod/2014pubs/p25-1140.pdf
4 Seidler, Rachael D. Bernard, Jessica A. Burutolu, Taritonye B. Fling, Brett W. Gordon, Mark T. Gwin, Joseph t. Kwak, Youngbin. Lipps, David B. “Motor Control and Aging: Links to Age-Related Brain Structural, Functional, and Biochemical Effects” US National Library of Medicine & National Institutes of Health. 20 October 2009. Web. 15 September 2017. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2838968/
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