School of Human Kinetics and Recreation News

Charissa Reeves

When Charissa Reeves walked back into a classroom as a mature undergraduate student who was also a single parent, her perspective, needs, experiences and challenges were often different than her fellow classmates.

James Young

James Young is a man in motion.

He has accomplished much in his first year at Memorial, which is not surprising since he is always on the move—fitting for a master of science (kinesiology) student, working with world-renowned researcher Dr. David Behm.


Saturday, May 7 will be the first time ever that the School of Human Kinetics and Recreation (SHKR) at Memorial University will be offering a spring session of its FREE kids movement program called PLAY (physical literacy for all youth).

Student HKR society accepting award

HKR was recognized at the Student Volunteer Bureau and the City of St. John's volunteer reception on Friday. The inaugural Building Healthy Communities at Memorial award was given to the School of Human Kinetics and Recreation Society and the school received the 2016 Glenn Roy Blundon Award for excellence in disability accommodation. Congratulations to all nominees and recipients! 

Holly Foley

There’s a growing public awareness and momentum to promote positive body image. Researchers with the School of Human Kinetics and Recreation are hoping to continue to influence the conversation especially around improving body image in sport.

Students with Dr. Loeffler in Little Hearts Ease

HKR alumni are in communities and schools collaborating to support healthy active living in youth like this recent project where Recreation alumni Ms. Ashley Button and Ms. Carla Sullivan and Bachelor Physical Education graduate Ms. Kim Gilbert working together.

MS researchers in the lab

A team from Memorial University is currently investigating ways to improve quality of life for persons with multiple sclerosis (MS).

Dave Behm

New research lead by HKR's Dr. David Behm reviews hundreds of studies to determine the best way to stretch to improve range of motion and prevent injury during sports and exercise.

Dr. Loeffler on top of Llamatepec

Memorial University adventurer and educator Dr. TA Loeffler tackled a unique physical challenge over Christmas break. While enjoying her holiday in El Salvador, she climbed nine volcanoes including the country’s highest peak Llamatepec.

RBC presents the PLAY Project with $23,200 to revise the Physical Literacy Experience program

As part of RBC Sports Day in Canada, the School of Human Kinetics and Recreation (HKR), hosted HIPP 2B Healthy on Nov. 21. The event included a chance to meet the Paralympic three-time gold medalist Dave Durepos and opportunities to try new sports. RBC representatives were on hand to present HKR with a $23,200 RBC Learn to Play Project grant to revise the Physical Literacy Experience (PLE) program.


Behm accepting award

At its annual conference in Hamilton, ON in October, the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP) presented Dr. David Behm with its highest form of recognition the CSEP/SCPE Honor Award. This is the first time in 30 years since the award’s inception that a researcher from Atlantic Canada has won.

Dr.MacKinnon and Ms. Katie Aylward

Dr. Scott MacKinnon, professor with the School of Human Kinetics and Recreation (HKR) on a recent trip to Galveston, Texas was able to help celebrate the convocation of Katie Aylward, Master of Science (Kin) graduate with HKR. 

Ballet school representatives Angie Seto and Ashleigh Powell

Recently during the National Ballet School’s (NBS) annual outreach visit to Newfoundland and Labrador, members stopped by the School of Human Kinetics and Recreation. They facilitated a session with Dr. Erin Cameron’s Movement Concepts class to introduce concepts to use dance in physical education.