Saija Kontulainen, a professor in the College of Kinesiology, was recently cited in a Time magazine article on the risks of using non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such a ibuprofen to treat injuries.
Committing to healthy minds, bodies and lives is the principle behind the Okanagan Charter, a global health initiative now adopted by the University of Saskatchewan.
Physical education at the University of Saskatchewan has just been given a power up with the help of LED lighting.
The first time you get cut from a team sucks. The second time is probably no better, but many kids will not ever bother to try out again.
Basil Hughton announced Monday morning he will retire after nine seasons as the University of Saskatchewan’s director of athletics and nearly 40 years in education.
Kinesiology faculty member, Dr. Louise Humbert, comments on gender inequalities within sports and physical activities.
Have you ever wanted to study abroad? The College of Kinesiology has partnered with the Confucius Institute at the University of Saskatchewan and the International Student and Study Abroad Centre (ISSAC) to offer up to 15 College of Kinesiology students an opportunity to attend a 2-week study tour in China from May 15 to May 29, 2017.
Third-year Kinesiology student, Molly Rayner, is currently exploring Australia and participating in our college's student exchange program with the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. For the 2016-2017 academic year we were able to send four students with two students attending each term.
Carolann Houle, a Kinesiology graduate who received her B.Sc. (Kin) degree in 2015, is a young woman with a passion for life lived at extreme speeds. In August, Carolann and her team went to the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah where she drove a race car at 323 kilometres per hour. This achievement qualified her for an "A" category driver's license which permits speeds of up to 398 km/h! Racing at such high speeds requires focus, excellent reflexes, nerves of steel and a support team that includes her father, Omer. Carolann and Omer built her race car together and it remains a family project as they continue to work on it together.
With a proud tradition and history dating back 105 years, Huskie Athletics has long been recognized as one of the most successful programs in Canadian Interuniversity Sport, playing an integral role in enhancing the reputation and culture of the university. Beginning in November, Huskie Athletics will be advised and guided by its first-ever Board of Trustees.
Dr. Leah Ferguson, an assistant professor in the College of Kinesiology, is passionate about opening the conversations surrounding how an athlete's mental image of themselves can impact their performance, especially for young women. Her research background encompasses many key points but her current focus includes exploring the benefits of self compassion and working with Aboriginal youth.
The College of Kinesiology is excited to welcome our first year students each year and introduce them to our college at the annual Orientation session. As part of the day's activities, a fun scavenger hunt takes them around the Physical Activity Complex to find room locations that are important for them to know. See below for this year's winning teams. If you see these new students around the PAC, please take a moment and welcome them and the other first years to our college!
Dr. Heather Foulds is a Kinesiology faculty member and and her research interests have included several areas that impact health in Indigenous populations, particularly projects evaluating cardiovascular health. Working with other U of S researchers (Dr. Carol Rodgers, Dr. Leah Ferguson and Ms. Vicky Duncan), Dr. Foulds completed a review of screen time in Indigenous popultions that has been accepted for publication. This exciting news was included in a profile from the National Aboriginal Diabetes Association, reprinted below, or click here to read the full newsletter.
We are extremely proud to celebrate Kinesiology graduates and former students who will be competing in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. As a college that encourages excellence in sport and in the classroom, it is thrilling to have several alumni amongst the elite athletes at this years' games. The following list is taken from a recent feature on the U of S news site that includes profiles of several Huskie athletes, and women's basketball head coach, Lisa Thomaidis. We wish great success to all of the athletes, coaches and support people with a Kinesiology or University of Saskatchewan connection.
Faculty member, Dr. Leah Ferguson, was recognized yesterday with a 2016 YWCA Women of Distinction Award in the Health and Wellness category. These awards are presented annually to members of our community who have enriched the lives of those around them. The Health and Wellness award "[r]ecognizes exceptional work in health and wellness, improving the physical, emotional, social, or spiritual health of individuals in our community."
The College of Kinesiology is extremely proud to announce that one of our graduates, Dr. Chantal Kawalilak, will receive two special honours at this year's Spring Convocation ceremony - the Governor General's Gold Medal and a University of Saskatchewan Graduate Thesis Award in the Life Sciences category. As one of the top two students who received a Doctoral Thesis Award, Chantal earned the additional honour of the Governor General's Gold Medal in recognition of her outstanding academic performance in the graduate program. Information considered by the selection committee included the thesis, coursework, publications and presentations deriving from her research field, and awards received.
Mike McDonald, a College of Kinesiology graduate, is the founder and executive of Recess Guardians. The goal of this remarkable initiative is to help children build leadership abilities that will allow them to take an active role at recess and encourage their friends and peers to participate in a fun, inclusive, positive environment on the playground. By helping children reclaim recess, Mike is inspiring our kids to lead more positive and active lives.
Dr. Phil Chilibeck had the honour of being named this year's recipient of the Provost's Award for Outstanding Teaching. This award annually recognizes an outstanding teacher in each college at the University of Saskatchewan. The awards are presented to individuals who demonstrate evidence of outstanding teaching and educational leadership.
The Agility Ballet Company, a special initiative within the University School of Dance and the College of Kinesiology, creates a unique opportunity in our community for dancers with mobility challenges to express themselves through the medium of dance. The ABC cheoreographs beautiful, flowing performances that include stand-up dancers and sit-down dancers in specialized wheelchairs. Partially supported by funding through the Special Needs Trust Fund, this amazing group recently gave a special performance in the PAC Dance Studio and were featured in a Saskatoon Star Phoenix article.
For the first time, the Huskie Women's Basketball team has brought home the CIS national title. We are incredibly proud of all of our teams and athletes after a terrific season. The women's basketball team and men's hockey team both went into the national finals as Canada West champions. The Huskies have a lot to celebrate with honours and awards being earned by individuals, coaches and teams.
Dr. Joel Lanovaz, an associate professor in the College of Kinesiology, is a co-principal investigator on a recently awarded Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (SHRF) grant titled ‘Does Fall Arrest Strategy Training (FAST) Added to a Fall Prevention Program Improve Physical Capacity to Prevent Serious Fall-related Injury in Women?’
Kyra Ives, a second year student in the College of Kinesiology, was recently recognized with an Aboriginal Achievement Award. Ms. Ives has proven to be an outstanding student who continues to maintain a high academic average while balancing the roles of being a full time student and Huskie athlete. Through her community involvement and volunteering, Ms. Ives has demonstrated an appreciation for the value of an active lifestyle in addition to the rewards that come through helping others. Her commitment to excellence in the classroom, on the track, and in working with community members makes her a truly deserving recipient of this honour.
Dr. Louise Humbert was recently honored with the University of Saskatchewan Graduate Students’ Association Advising Excellence award. This award honours a graduate student advisor who has shown excellent supervisory and mentoring skills as well as exceptional support for their advisees’ ideas, scholarly work, and financial needs. Dr. Humbert has supervised 23 students at the University of Saskatchewan over the past 19 years. She is highly sought after by coaches, athletes, educators, and aspiring researchers because of her exemplary reputation in community-based research within schools and within the athletic community. Former and current students affirm that the personal relationships she fosters and the mentorship she provides are what make her an outstanding supervisor.
Huskie Athletics has launched a groundbreaking video titled "You Can Play" as part of the Breaking the Silence Conference on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, held at the College of Education on March 4-5, 2016. Meant to promote diversity and encourage respect, the video makes it clear that all athletes are welcome in our athletic programs, regardless of sexual or gender identity.
The Physical Activity Complex was pleased to welcome students from La Loche who were in Saskatoon for WE Day on March 2. The visit was sponsored by PotashCorp and brought 22 students and 8 chaperones to our campus to explore the new Gordon Oakes Red Bear Student Centre and the PAC.
As the student demographics shift on our campus, Recreation Services, as part of the College of Kinesiology, has been working to create and implement inclusive programming to meet the needs of all students. A first step was the introduction of programs and classes for women only and since the fall of 2015, we have been offering a unique fitness opportunity that combines Aboriginal cultural elements within a PAC fitness class called POWFit. The class is inspired by the work BrandyLee Maxie has been doing to encourage active living among First Nations people while respecting and celebrating Aboriginal culture. POWFit welcomes all students and PAC members to come and try this combination of traditional powwow dance moves with fitness routines.
The Huskie women’s basketball team has special fans on Parliament Hill! Currently in first place in the Canada West Pioneer Division with an 18-2 record, the team autographed a basketball that accompanied U of S President Peter Stoicheff to Ottawa this week where he met with the Honourable Ralph Goodale. President Stoicheff presented him with the Huskies basketball and now the Prime Minister has it!