Welcome to the School of Human Kinetics and Recreation. We offer a wide range of degrees and the opportunity to participate in fascinating research from obesity to offshore survival, from pedagogy to basic neuromuscular investigations, to athletes/participants with disabilities, and coach development. Read more...

For more information, contact us:

Dr. Heather Carnahan, dean
Human Kinetics and Recreation
Memorial University of Newfoundland
(709) 864-8129 or hkrdirec@mun.ca


Healthy obesity through fitness

Obese and fit are two words most people do not usually associate; however, through an upcoming project a group of researchers at Memorial University is seeking to explore this idea. Dr. Fabien Basset, associate professor with the School of Human Kinetics and Recreation and Dr. Denis Joanisse, associate professor in the Department of Kinesiology at Université Laval who is visiting Memorial on sabbatical, are collaborating on this project. 


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Accessing the great outdoors

This past summer, Ms. Jaymee Webster was a student in Dr. Loeffler’s Therapeutic Recreation in Outdoor Settings class. The course focused on providing students with the knowledge and skills necessary to practice therapeutic recreation in outdoor settings.

Dr. Loeffler assigned a case study project that provided Jaymee an opportunity to work through all stages of planning an outdoor experience focused on using a TrailRider to provide access to a zip lining experience for someone with mobility challenges. The TrailRider is a single tire wheelchair that allows individuals with mobility disabilities to access trails, go hiking and in this case reach the first line of the zip line course. 

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Multisectoral healthy active living strategy needed for children in Newfoundland

A report released today explored the gaps and opportunities of healthy active living initiatives and programs for school-aged children and youth in Newfoundland.

Dr. Michelle Kilborn, assistant professor with the School of Human Kinetics and Recreation (HKR) at Memorial University led the Healthy Active Living in Newfoundland Research Project along with HKR’s Drs. Erin Cameron, Erin McGowan and Linda Rohr through partnership funding from the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador’s Department of Seniors, Wellness, and Social Development and Recreation Newfoundland and Labrador.


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