Kinesiology
Carrying the weight of the future

Carrying the weight of the future

Heavy lifting is all in a day’s work for teacher-turned-athlete Danielle Holdsworth. The competitive weightlifter is preparing for a new school year as a Grades 5/6 teacher and librarian at Orchard Park Public School in London, Ont., and she will have some pretty...

‘Recovered’ concussed athletes returning to play too soon

‘Recovered’ concussed athletes returning to play too soon

Doctors who give student-athletes the ‘all clear’ to return to play following a concussion may be under-estimating the lingering cognitive impairment that persists, Western researchers say. Kinesiology professor Matthew Heath said concussed athletes demonstrate a...

‘Golden’ season for Vegas hockey exec, alumnus

‘Golden’ season for Vegas hockey exec, alumnus

Misha Donskov, MA’11 (Kinesiology), rolled the dice on a franchise that did not exist – no nickname, no uniform and, to most observers, no chance. But that gamble is paying off today as his Las Vegas Golden Knights are a handful of wins away from a Staley Cup in its inaugural season.

Western celebrates top teaching talent

Western celebrates top teaching talent

Eighteen winners, representing five different faculties, have been awarded Western’s highest honours for inspiring active and deep learning. This year’s winners join a company of teachers nearly a quarter-century strong.

Study: Brief, brisk workout can improve cognition

Study: Brief, brisk workout can improve cognition

Approaching his latest study, Matthew Heath already knew aerobic exercise can be as good for the mind as for the body. What he wanted to find out was how long you need to exercise in order to reap those cognitive benefits. There’s a well-documented link between...

Campaign reveals variety in grad student ranks

Campaign reveals variety in grad student ranks

What do you think of when you think of graduate students on campus? Not All the Same, a new campaign run by the equity committee of Western’s Society of Graduate Students (SOGS), aims to dispel common conceptions of the graduate student experience and show these...

Findings urge you to stand up for a better life

Findings urge you to stand up for a better life

Chances are good you have started 2018 much the same way you ended December - by spending hours and hours on your backside. Working, studying, driving, web surfing and binge-watching. “Even if we exercise regularly, most of us sit or recline for an average of 11 hours...

Sedentary desk jockeys, stand up for your health

Sedentary desk jockeys, stand up for your health

Sit up, stand up, repeat often. Sedentary Canadians can put their prolonged chair-sitting days behind them with a few simple, strategic behavioural changes, says a new study by Western University researchers. “Even if we exercise regularly, most of us sit or recline...

Award lets grad student put both oars in

Award lets grad student put both oars in

It may seem odd Maude Potvin-Gilbert’s research encompasses the sport of rowing when, to be honest, she has never rowed. Ever. “As an athlete, coming from a high-performance sport, I wanted to continue to be in that frame of reference,” said Potvin-Gilbert, a former...

Western goes for gold in pitch competition

Western goes for gold in pitch competition

Thanks to a team of Western students, the Global Games are coming to Toronto in 2028 – at least they would be, if they were real. Western students Aryan Eftekhari, Swarali Patil, Nicole Baranowski and Kerri Bodin took top honours for their bid for the fictitious 2028...

Four scholars named among nation’s elite

Four scholars named among nation’s elite

Four Western researchers have been named Canada Research Chairs (CRC), a program which recognizes the country’s best scholars across disciplines. Two additional researchers also had their existing Chairs renewed for an additional five years, while another saw a...

Mind-body maximizes benefits of exercise to seniors

Mind-body maximizes benefits of exercise to seniors

By 2035, a third of the Canadian population will be over 60 years old. And Kinesiology PhD student Nárlon Boa Sorte Silva wants to make sure every one of them stays active and engaged in life.

Nolte ends legendary rowing run

Nolte ends legendary rowing run

Volker Nolte’s countless achievements as one of the country’s top rowing coaches are quickly unmasked when you understand the secret to his success. “I will tell people what I’m doing; I just don’t tell them what I’m doing next,” said the sly Nolte who, after 24 years...

Alumni make music in The Early Morning

Alumni make music in The Early Morning

A simple love of music brought a lawyer, a dietician and a French immersion teacher together to form a band and craft their own unique sound – after their day jobs and the kids are asleep. Western alumni Malcolm Scott, Johanna Kaipainen and Sandy MacDonald are all...

Award-winning paper takes swing at historic hockey violence

Award-winning paper takes swing at historic hockey violence

Taylor McKee was “pleased, tickled and over the moon” when he heard the news. A second-year PhD student in Kinesiology, McKee recently won the International Award for Excellence from The International Journal of Sport and Society. His article, The Rink and the Stage:...

New research group takes sport beyond play

New research group takes sport beyond play

Even if you don’t believe sport explains historic trends within society – which it has done – or that it creates seemingly unbreakable community bonds – which it does – or that it is linked to the most fundamental aspects of human health and well-being – which it is –...

Brush named to top professor honour

Brush named to top professor honour

Visual Arts professor Kathryn Brush smiles as she remembers getting a photo from one of her students doing a cartwheel in front of the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Denis, just north of Paris, France. She may be an internationally recognized art historian and an...

Researcher tuning into media representations of disability

Researcher tuning into media representations of disability

Prior to the Paralympic Games in Rio last summer, Laura Misener found herself cringing after watching a broadcast interview with a Canadian athlete who uses a wheelchair. The female athlete, who has children, was asked by a befuddled reporter, ‘You have two children?...

ERs may benefit from addition of physiotherapist’s presence

ERs may benefit from addition of physiotherapist’s presence

Reduced wait times, quicker diagnoses and faster prescribed treatments in Canada’s emergency rooms could be as simple as utilizing specialized health professionals, such as physiotherapists, according to one Western student. Every day, more than 10,000 Canadians...

Newsmakers: Western News looks back on 2016

Newsmakers: Western News looks back on 2016

How will we remember 2016? Probably through one or more of these faces. Western News presents its 7th annual Newsmakers issue, a celebration of those who contributed to our campus conversation in the last year. Join us in remembering the names and faces that...