Student Profiles and News

November 28, 2016
KPE celebrates new Master of Professional Kinesiology space

When walking by the former David L. MacIntosh Sport Medicine Clinic on the lower level of the Athletic Centre, you'll notice that the Warren Stevens Building has undergone an impressive transformation. Now, it’s home to the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education’s new Master of Professional Kinesiology (MPK) program – the Faculty’s first professional Master’s degree program, and the first of its kind in the province.

October 6, 2016
Improving student mental health: Q & A with Professor Catherine Sabiston
With the Ontario University and College Health Association's survey finding a rise in rates of anxiety, depression and suicide attempts among college and university students across Ontario, Professor Catherine Sabiston talked about the issue and her research.

September 20, 2016
Helping adolescent athletes cope with stress

If your adolescent athlete has a difficult soccer game, do you tell them not to worry about it? Or do you suggest they speak to their coach for tips on how to improve? How do you know if your words of wisdom are helping or harming?

September 14, 2016
Faculty welcomes leader in mental health and physical activity

When Professor John Cairney left U of T ‘s Department of Psychiatry in 2007, he would never have predicted that his research would eventually lead him back to U of T nine years later – this time to the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education.

September 12, 2016
GTActivity measures physical cultural diversity of the GTA

The Greater Toronto Area is widely recognized as one of the most multicultural communities in the world, but what about the physical cultural diversity that exists in the GTA? How many different sports, martial arts, forms of dance, exercise systems, and other physical games and activities do people participate in? Which ones thrive and which ones are left to die, and why?

July 22, 2016
Canada's Olympic flag bearer: the University of Toronto's Rosie MacLennan

U of T graduate student and two-time Olympian Rosie MacLennan will be Canada’s flag bearer in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony.

December 7, 2015
Research finds popular free fitness apps are inaccurate and unreliable

GPS navigator, recipe finder, camera, music player: the phones that most of us use today go well beyond voice-to-voice communication. However, if you thought your smartphone could also serve as an inexpensive, pocket-sized personal trainer, newly-published research has found that the three of the most popular, free apps designed to track your fitness progress are seriously flawed.

November 12, 2015
International exploration of gym class heightens student’s skills

Awkward gym uniforms, regulated fitness tests, being the last one picked: for many high school kids, gym class is anything but fun and games. But second-year master’s student Holly Howe is looking to change that. 

September 8, 2015
Simple walk to school makes kids more active and healthy

With the start of a new school year comes the opportunity to establish new, healthy routines. According to the 2015 ParticipACTION Report Card on Physical Activity of Children and Youth the vast majority of school-aged kids still aren’t getting enough physical activity—only five per cent of five- to 19-year-olds in Canada reach the daily minimum of 12,000 steps.  Adding a walk to and from school is a simple way to help reverse this trend.

July 28, 2015
PhD students share research on the international stage

While summer can mean a break from academics for many students, this July three Department of Exercise Sciences PhD students boarded a plane for Bern, Switzerland to present their research at the 14th European Congress of Sport Psychology.

April 9, 2015
Can hosting the Pan Am Games make Toronto a healthier city?

This summer, thousands of the world’s top athletes will descend on our city to compete Pan Am and Parapan Games, showcasing not only athletic prowess, but the dynamic and thriving City of Toronto. According to its organizers, a key priority of TO2015 is to “foster sport development and healthy living.” Professor Peter Donnelly says there are plenty of opportunities for international games to create a legacy of health for a host city. But it’s up to Toronto to make it happen.

January 29, 2015
Examining the Iranian-Canadian experience

PhD student Bahar Tajrobehkar wants to know how recently-immigrated Iranian teenaged girls are adjusting to life in Canada, particularly when it comes to physical education and activity.

November 28, 2014
Moving for mental health

Graduate student Mehala Subramanieapillai is taking an active approach to mental health.