Research

One of the advantages of the Kinesiology major is the potential for research and internship experiences. These opportunities utilize our small class sizes and emphasize hands-on student/professor and student/professional interactions.

Students can elect to participate in an exciting off-campus research experience in Bath, England with Dr. Gregg Afman (Research in Bath). On campus, we provide an opportunity each semester for students to conduct research with a professor in our department.

Westmont's human performance laboratory provides a number of other opportunities for research. Here, students delve into the methodology and data collection in the areas of biomechanics, exercise physiology, and cardiovascular dynamics.

Westmont’s human performance laboratory provides a number of other opportunities for research. Here, students delve into the methodology and data collection in the areas of biomechanics, exercise physiology, and cardiovascular dynamics.

BiomechanicsStudents enrolled in the “Biomechanics” class spend time using our Vicon Motus® motion analysis software system to assess and quantify specific sport movements in two-dimensional analyses. An advanced biomechanical research opportunity is also available to those students who develop an affinity for this type of research. The current advanced research line in this area is related to three-dimensional running analyses.

Physiology of Exercise

The exercise physiology laboratory research experience includes testing for maximal oxygen consumption (VO2 max), calculating caloric expenditure, performing underwater weighing to determine body composition, muscular strength and power testing, and blood lactate accumulation assessment. Further research experience is available as an elective in a specific area of exercise physiology.

Through the “Cardiovascular Dynamics” course, students take blood pressure readings and assess the activity of the human heart through 12-lead EKG treadmill testing. Students are prepared for the clinical rehabilitation setting through this experience.

Internships

Kinesiology majors also have a number of opportunities to put theory into practice by observing in the Santa Barbara community at various internship sites. Students can elect to spend hours during the semester observing physical therapists, occupational therapists, physicians, orthopedic surgeons, athletic trainers and other allied health professionals. This gives our students exposure to various populations such as children, athletes, older adults and people with disabilities. Several major courses have volunteer requirements and opportunities. Early interaction with potential career professionals helps our students to develop informed career goals and complete the necessary pre-requisites for graduate school.