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HKR Research Week Kick-Off

Happy Research Week!

Last night was our first event of research week, and it was a great success! We had eleven undergraduate and Master's students present their research in a 3MT format. Big congrats to all who participated, and a special shoutout to our winners, Olivia Ryan (1st), Julia Craig (2nd) and Ava McGrath (3rd). I think Greg would agree that Chris Coady should have won the People's Choice award for his passionate and moving presentation.



MUN's Zoë Rowe wins AUS Student-Athlete Community Service Award 2023

The Memorial Sea-Hawks’ Zoë Rowe has been selected as the 2023 recipient of the AUS student-athlete community service award. This marks the second consecutive season a player from the Sea-Hawks has won this award.

Schools play a key role in supporting youth physical activity

For over a decade now, Canadian children and youth have received an overall physical activity grade of ‘D’ or worse according to the ParticipACTION Report Card on Physical Activity (ParticipACTION, 2022). Read Dr. Jeff Crane's article on the role schools can play in making opportunities for daily physical activity.


Dr. Dave Behm Interviewed on the Benefits of Core Exercises

Our very own Dr. Dave Behm was interviewed for a New York Times article on the benefits of exercising your core. You can read the article by Jenny Marder here.


Dr. Dave Behm Interviewed On VOCM

On January 12th, Dr. Dave Behm was a guest on The Wahl Show with Dr. Mike Wahl, where he discussed some tips on starting a fitness training program in the new year. You can give it a listen here.

Dynamic warmups are the best

What is a dynamic warmup, and why is it the best? HKR's own Dr. Dave Behm weighs in on the reasons why if you're not using a dynamic warmup before your workout, you really should. Check out the article by Cindy Kuzma in the New York Times.



SHKR Instructor Recognized Again

Deborah L. J. Hutchings, QC has been recognized by her peers for inclusion in the 16th Edition of The Best Lawyers™ in Canada 2022 for her work in Maritime Law. This is Deborah’s third time being recognized by The Best Lawyers™ in Canada.



Improvise, Adapt & Overcome

TA Loeffler is closing in on her 25th anniversary as a professor at Memorial and in many ways, she has experienced it all. TA has been to 52 different countries and all seven continents, but when the global pandemic hit, even she had to adjust and try and figure out a way to offer her outdoor intersession courses inside.


PolyUnity steps up to support essential workers

This COVID-19 pandemic is teaching many of us to be the best versions of ourselves and to focus on the good. Several companies and individuals have shifted their focus, time and energy to help in these uncertain times.



Pinnacle achievement: International honour for lifelong contribution to experiential education

As her paddle dipped the water of the Athabasca River, Dr. TA Loeffler was fully immersed in her journey exploring Northern Canada. 

Out of habit, Dr. Loeffler checked her phone for an incoming message – unaware of how profound it would be. The email in her inbox revealed the news that she had won the Kurt Hahn Address from the Association for Experiential Education (AEE).


Perseverance: HKR researcher ramping up research on fatigue

Fatigue is a symptom that plagues people from an annoying limitation to an outright debilitating state. Dr. Duane Button, associate professor with the School of Human Kinetics and Recreation, is driven to explore how people fatigue and if the threshold for fatigue can be shifted.

Dr. Button’s research efforts are being noticed, and he has received a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Discovery Grant of $25,000 per year for five years to study fatigue with his research students.

Service learning: HKR student creates opportunity for support

“Let me win. If I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.”

Witnessing a weekly recitation of the Special Olympics oath is inspiring to Human Kinetics and Recreation student Jillian Lahey.


Dr. Daniel Fuller nominated for prestigious international prize

Dr. Daniel Fuller’s research efforts of leveraging technology to improve physical activity is gaining attention on a global scale.


Farewell, but not goodbye!

The School of Human Kinetics and Recreation (HKR) wishes Dr. Heather Carnahan continued success as she concludes her five-year term as dean, and returns to pursue her research passions fulltime.


Dean appointed: Dr. Linda Rohr to take helm of School of Human Kinetics and Recreation

The search committee for the role of dean of the School of Human Kinetics and Recreation has completed its work and recommended Dr. Linda Rohr for the position for a five-year term. Read more...


Sharing experience: Indigenous community, health professionals strategize on fall prevention

Solemn silence cloaked the room as Elder Emma Reelis asked for blessing on the collaborative efforts of participants gathered for the recent Indigenous Fall Prevention Symposium.

The event brought together members of Indigenous communities and professionals who work with them at the School of Human Kinetics and Recreation on Monday, June 11. Sponsored by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), the symposium explored how to prevent falls among Indigenous older adults. Read more...


Planning her steps: HKR graduate pursuing environmental design at U of T

By pursuing her passions through applied study, Rebecca Greene has achieved remarkable academic success and is mapping a path for her future.

Ms. Greene, of Outer Cove, N.L., will collect her bachelor of kinesiology (hons.)(co-op.) degree during convocation ceremonies at the St. John’s Arts and Culture Centre on May 30. Read more...

All-around player: Varsity athlete, volunteer and bachelor of kinesiology honours graduate headed to medical school

Honours student, varsity athlete, community volunteer, student leader — and now spring graduate.

Bachelor of kinesiology graduate Logan Slade, who is from St. John’s, has soaked up every aspect of the student experience during his undergraduate years at Memorial. Read more...


Public Lecture: "Designing Healthy Cities Using Data and Policy"

The School of Human Kinetics and Recreation invites you to attend the 2018 Public Lecture, featuring Dr. Daniel Fuller, Canada Research Chair in Population Physical Activity.

The event will take place on Thursday, May 10, 2018 at 7 p.m. in PE-2001. The lecture will be followed by questions and answers and then refreshments in the main lobby of the physical education building.

This is a free, public event, supported by the Joyce (Noel) O’Doherty Wellness Fund in Human Kinetics & Recreation. Parking is available in lot 1A. All are welcome.

Rediscovering the basics: Informing rehabilitative exercise through movement

It is widely known in exercise rehabilitation circles that arm cycling is good for neurological recovery. But, how?

Is there an optimal cycling intensity? How long should one cycle? Read more...


HKR's new degree!

Memorial University’s School of Human Kinetics and Recreation is excited to announce it’s new Bachelor of Human Kinetics and Recreation Co-operative (BHKRC) program.


Collisions and close calls: HKR researcher crowdsourcing data for bigger cycling picture

“I don’t own a car. I bike.”

Brad Wade says his conversations with friends frequently go down this path.

“I sold my car in 2015 with the intention of using my bike as my primary mode of transportation year round,” said the Memorial alumnus (B.Sc.’17).

Read the full story... 

You're invited to attend candidate presentations

Students, faculty and staff are invited to attend presentations by candidates for the faculty position of health and physical education. All presentations will take place in PE-3007. 

  • Feb. 27 at 10:00 a.m.
  • March 1 at 2:00 p.m. 
  • March 13 at 10:00 a.m.
  • March 15 at 10:00 a.m. 


Let's talk: HKR faculty inviting students to talk about the 'elephant' in the room

In Dr. David Yi’s office in the School of Human Kinetics and Recreation, a little blue elephant sits on his desk.

The figurine is a sign that students are welcome to come in and talk about any mental health issues they or someone close to them may be experiencing.




Sitting disease: Research could benefit countless desk-bound Canadian workers

What effect does sitting for long periods of time have on the flexibility and muscle function of the back?

That’s the question a new study led by a multidisciplinary team at Memorial hopes to answer.

The team is led by Dr. Diana De Carvalho, assistant professor, Faculty of Medicine, who is cross-appointed to the School of Human Kinetics and Recreation. Read more...


Why Walk?

Physical activity, which includes walking, is a key determinate of health. So, in a world of fast roads, convenience cab rides, and two vehicle families: why walk? What motivates or deters you from walking to work, the grocery store or school?

Memorial University recently hosted walkability experts from across Canada for a workshop to explore how we can better measure features that encourage or discourage people from walking.

Bolstering research

A research team in the School of Human Kinetics and Recreation is getting creative in an effort to show the impact of federal funding on their research.

Dr. Daniel Fuller, Canada Research Chair in Population Activity and assistant professor in the School of Human Kinetics and Recreation, and his team are taking part in the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s (CFI) #IAmInnovation Twitter contest. Read more...

Congratulations award winners!

Faculty, staff, employers, donors, friends and family gathered with Human Kinetics and Recreation students on Thursday, November 23, 2017 for Academic Awards Night.

During this year’s annual event, students were recognized for their academic success with dean’s list standing, co-operative education pass with distinction and 14 additional awards and scholarships.

To all award recipients, congratulations and wishes for continued success in all your future endeavors!

Going pro: HKR alum coaching in NHL

“It was a winding road to get here. I still wake up some mornings and wonder how it happened.”

Chris Osmond, head strength and conditioning coach with the Philadelphia Flyers hockey team, started his journey to professional sports at Memorial University. Read more...



Walkability Factors: Canada Research Chair receives funding for healthy cities initiative

Ever wish your neighbourhood was more user friendly?

Wider sidewalks, more streetlights, healthier food options? These amenities may not only make you happier, they may also make you live longer.

Dr. Daniel Fuller, a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Population Physical Activity, and an assistant professor in the School of Human Kinetics and Recreation at Memorial, is testing this theory as part of a national group that recently received federal funding. Read more...



Fair Play: HKR professor working to ensure access to physical activity for all

Many people take for granted their ability to work out, participate in recreation or attend an event.

For some individuals it’s not that easy. How do we ensure everyone has fair access to participate in physical activity, which is crucial for lifelong health and wellness? Read more...



Our 2015-16 academic year in review

Check out some of the 2015-2016 highlights for the School of Human Kinetics and Recreation in this annual review. We celebrate and recognize the successes of our students, faculty, staff and community partnerships.




Profound and personal

Trio of courses boosts recreation students’ environmental awareness.



Court to the classroom

Varsity experience influences fall graduate’s career choice.

Heavy lifter

Kinesiology graduate making her mark in power sport


Run like a 'G.I.R.L.'

Providing positive, alternative messaging for junior high age girls


Stigma is not a disease

Graduate student hopes to challenge and change perceptions

Hall of famer

Provincial accolades for former physical education director.


The science of walking

Simple movement or complex motor output?


It's no stretch

An international study led by a Memorial researcher takes a closer look at the best ways to stretch before you exercise or play sports. As it turns out, most of us have been probably doing it wrong all along, particularly when it comes to static stretching.


World of wellness

Nurturing wellness in children is about more than just being physically active; it encompasses all dimensions of health: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.


Everest 3.0

Elementary students become virtual mountaineers through Everest 3.0.

Youth movement

HKR student recognized for leadership and dedication to recreation.

Above and beyond

Brandon Snow, who is legally blind, did not let his genetic condition get in the way of completing his degree.

His success is being celebrated this week; he crossed the stage to pick up his bachelor of kinesiology degree on June 1.


Following her passion

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.

Active mind

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.


The new PLAY spring program

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).


HKR Recognized at Volunteer Reception

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! 


Seeking Labradorians' input:

Are you living in Labrador and have knowledge and opinions to share about local healthy, active living programs being offered for school-aged children and youth? If yes, researchers with the School of Human Kinetics and Recreation (HKR) at Memorial University want to hear from you.

PLAYing on Campus

Have you and your child ever taken part in the Saturday morning play group (PLE program) at Memorial's Phys. Ed. gym. If so, the School of Human Kinetics and Recreation would like to hear from you. Please take a few moments to complete this survey

Safe and healthy

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.


HKR alumni promoting youth active living

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.


Cool down

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

Getting the most from your stretching routine

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.

Local adventurer climbs nine volcanoes for Christmas

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.



Exploring Movement

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.


Frontiers of science: Major coup for HKR alumnus

For alumnus Davis Forman participating in the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology's Graduate Award competition was a major research coup and he credits the School of Human Kinetics (HKR) for helping foster that success.

HKR Professor receives CSEP's highest recognition

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.

Memorial convocation celebrated in Texas

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. 


Building a culture of active living for NL youth

The future of this province is only as healthy as the next generation. Building a culture of healthy active living is essential to improve the health and wellness of children and youth in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Physical Education through dance

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.


Have a happy, healthy Halloween

Dr. Michelle Kilborn is an assistant professor with HKR who specializes in child and youth health promotion. She has suggestions how families can enjoy all the fun of Halloween while maintaining a healthier approach to celebrations.

How are you feeling today?

As projects, assignments and tests pile up, there are a few questions you might consider asking yourself:

  • How are you coping?
  • Are you aware of the resources and supports available to you on campus?
  • How is your mental health?
  • How might your drug or alcohol use be affecting your life and your studies?

Memorial invites you to “get connected” by attending a screening event on Thursday, Oct. 29, in the Landing, third floor of the University Centre. There will be one-on-one screenings available for you to assess whether you might need some help with your mental health or with your drug/alcohol use. The event also features free food, pumpkin carvings and the adorable St. John Ambulance therapy dogs.


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. 



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. 


Study finds gap between aims of Canadian physical education curriculum and expectations

A study, led by HKR's Dr. Michelle Kilborn, of physical education curriculum across Canada has found that while the curriculum's stated aims are focused on healthy active living through physical activity, the actual learning outcome statements focus primarily on movement skills, games and sport techniques.

Curriculum scholar leads international panel

Michelle Kilborn brought together several prominent international curriculum scholars at the International Association for the Advancement of Curriculum Studies (IAACS) Conference in Ottawa on May 25-29, to pay tribute to Maxine Greene, one of the most significant educational philosophers of our time.


Curriculum scholar leads international panel

The ‘Power of the Possible’ in Seemingly Impossible Times: Celebrating and Honoring the Legacy of Maxine Greene

Michelle Kilborn brought together several prominent international curriculum scholars at the International Association for the Advancement of Curriculum Studies (IAACS) Conference in Ottawa on May 25-29, to pay tribute to Maxine Greene, one of the most significant educational philosophers of our time.


Dr. TA Loeffler named one of Canada's greatest explorers

Dr. TA Loeffler named by Canadian Geographic as one of the country's top 100 "modern-day trailblazers".

Occupational therapy and physiotherapy feasibility committee seeks public input

On Thursday, June 4, Memorial University’s occupational therapy and physiotherapy feasibility committee, chaired by Dr. Heather Carnahan, dean of the School of Human Kinetics and Recreation, will hold a public consultation.


A pathway to resilience

Memorial University student and public activist, Ms. Gemma HIckey hopes to encourage others to integrate physical fitness and healthier food into their lifestyle in order to combat mental illness.  After her own training this past year for her cross island Hope Walk which departs Port aux Basques in July, Ms. Hickey has seen the physical and mental benefits of a more active lifestyle.

Reflections from a graduate

Like many graduates, Ms. Rancourt is reflecting during convocation on the years completing her degree; on what contributed to her success; and on what lessons are worth sharing with new students.

Matt and Maud Foster Bursary established

On Friday, May 15, 2015 the School of Human Kinetics and Recreation had the opportunity to recognize the establishment of the Matt and Maud Foster Bursary. This will be an annual bursary for a varsity soccer player.

From HKR to the Bar

Tracy Bannier's dedication to hard work paid off when she was called to the Newfoundland and Labrador bar in February 2015 and is the first alumni with the School of Human Kinetics and Recreation (HKR) known to have followed this career path. 


Inform future children and youth healthy active living programming in NL

What healthy active living programs for children and youth are offered in your community? Researchers in the School of Human Kinetics and Recreation have teamed up with the Department of Seniors, Wellness, and Social Development to explore this question - and they want to hear from you! Until April 26th you can share your voice and help inform future children and youth healthy active living programming in NL. To find the survey go to

Research in Focus: School of Human Kinetics & Recreation

With the overall goal of improving the health and wellness of the people of Newfoundland and Labrador, HKR Dean Dr. Heather Carnahan shares the faculty’s vision for growing research and making a global impact.

Go to for more details.



Slow steam ahead

Dr. Scott MacKinnon is working on a European Union (EU) project that would see vessels redesigned to be autonomous (unmanned) using less energy and manpower.



National research conference talks exercise

"It was great to see the many enthusiastic and skilled students participate and present their work at this conference. This gives hope for future research in this area.”

Dean Heather Carnahan invited to give prestigious lecture

Dr. Heather Carnahan delivered a prestigious lecture recently, recognizing her contributions to motor learning.

HKR alumnae donates to health and wellness

The Integrated Health and Wellness Fund in Human Kinetics and Recreation will help foster and promote a deeper understanding of integrated health and wellness within Memorial and throughout Newfoundland and Labrador. 

Everything exercise is the focus of a conference hosted by HKR

More than 300 exercise physiologists from Canada, the US and Europe are gathering in St. John’s for a national conference and knowledge exhange. 


Not your typical kinesiology experience

“Many people assume that pursing a degree in kinesiology means continuing on to work in health care, however, that’s not the case anymore,” says Ms. Bishop. “The Memorial kinesiology program is rapidly expanding and the opportunities are endless if you just do a little searching to see what’s out there.” 


Serious about play

“Someone at the summit described development work as a toolbox, and play as just one of the tools necessary for success. I feel that the greater understanding of sport for development and peace is one of the greatest tools I took from the summit.”


Memorial's longest running employee moves on

In the last few years, Donna Vey has been answering a certain question quite often. ‘When are you retiring?’ But she didn’t really see the need to retire.

The power of dragon boats

Every year, breast cancer survivors and their friends and families take part in a very old, and very therapeutic event. They race dragon boats. For the past three years one of those survivors, HKR’s Marie Hickey, has been part of the Avalon Dragons.

New director of Athletics appointed

A Memorial alumna, Dr. Karen Murphy is no stranger to varsity sport. From 1996-2000 Dr. Murphy was head coach of Memorial’s women’s volleyball team and still serves as an assistant coach and a sport psychology consultant to the Sea-Hawks team.

Soaking up the sun, and the experience

Two graduate students are getting some not-so-typical experience this year. Nicole Bishop and Katie Aylward are kinesiology masters students who are interning with the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) in Houston, Texas.


The Great Big Walk

In March, Dr. TA Loeffler set out on a 600 kilometre traverse of the High Himalaya in Nepal. She took more than 1 million steps during that journey while encouraging others to walk with her.

Rethinking physical education

“To guide our children and youth to live healthfully in this world it is important for teachers to also know how to live well. This wellness way of being a teacher has the potential to change how we think about living curriculum in physical education.”



What happens when intellect meets a passion for helping others

“These people have taught me to empathize and work hard to help improve their quality of life. I strive to complete research that is scientifically relevant but also important to the people,” Chelsea says.


Physical fitness and safety of offshore oil and gas workers

The inquiry that followed the tragedy of Cougar Flight 491 in 2009 proposed goals for physical fitness for offshore, mainly as it relates to one’s ability to exit a ditched helicopter. Three Human Kinetics and Recreation researchers have set out to measure how fit those workers are, with the goal of developing programs to help.

Faculty, staff and programs recognized

Students turned the tables and recognized faculty and staff with awards recently. 

Watch your step: Researchers help seniors stay on their feet

Since Mary Corbett had knee surgery nearly three years ago, she’s been terrified of falling. “I was terribly off balance and I have a fear of ice, as I’m sure most seniors do.” Mary also has fibromyalgia, which causes musculoskeletal pain.

Researchers in HKR are helping; one step at a time.





Like riding a bike

Dean Heather Carnahan is currently featured in an international research publication, talking about  her work on acquiring motor skills and how we retain them. More specifically haptic skills and its use in teaching motor skills in the work place.


Coach of the year

Kinesiology student Doug Halliday has been named Mount Pearl Coach of the Year. 

-"I truly just love going out every day and coaching the sport that when I was an athlete gave so much to me."

Speaking the language of the north

Polar sovereignty, oil and gas exploration, northern sea routes, Arctic ecology, the Arctic Council, Russian-Canadian co-operation and controversy, and now the Winter Olympics in Russia – Russian is truly a language of northern significance.


Two HKR students working hard to promote recreation are rewarded with scholarships

Fourth year therapeutic recreation student Kate Walsh and first year physical education student Samantha Morey have been named the 2013 recipients of the scholarship for recreation students offered by Recreation Newfoundland and Labrador.

MPE graduate takes over as head of PE organization in Quebec's English schools

Katherine Baker (MPE ‘07) has accomplished a lot in her relatively short career and her latest accomplishment is yet another step up. Katherine has recently taken over as president of the English branch of the Association of Physical Educators of Quebec (APEQ).

No missed opportunities

Human Kinetics and Recreation’s Dr. TA Loeffler is not one to waste an opportunity. She recently attended the International Outdoor Education Research Conference in New Zealand and, while there, climbed Mount Cook, the country’s highest peak.