Teaches in the field of Sport and Exercise Psychology and his current research interest is to investigate if a link exists between motivation, perception of competence, participation in sports, and relative age (e.g. birthdates).
My research focuses on the design, implementation and evaluation of community-based interventions in the field of disability and health. Research through the Motor Activities with X (MAX) applied lab explores the effects of exercise training and rehabilitation on health outcomes in vulnerable pediatric and adult populations. Studies have included individuals with autism, Down syndrome, intellectual disability, stroke, cancer and also rarer disabilities/case studies found within the rural context.
Most know that mitochondria are the "powerhouses of the cell", converting fuel from foods we eat into usable forms of energy. But did you know that regular exercise can help keep mitochondria fit and well? In the Kane lab at StFX, students study the ability of exercise to alter the metabolism of muscle and brain at the cellular level.
Most of us recall our early childhood experiences with play and physical education as fun. These early experiences with movement are important for our physical literacy (knowledge and understanding of movement, motivation and competence in movement, daily behaviours, and physical fitness). Higher levels of physical literacy in turn relate to better physical and mental health. Current research projects involve physical literacy analyses with toddlers and children.
How you control the movements of your own body is one thing, but have you ever wondered how you’re able to coordinate your actions with another person? My research examines how motor behaviour changes when a task is performed alone (solo) vs. with another person (joint). This line of research is informative to those who study human-robot interaction and design assistive robotics.
Dr. MacKenzie’s research interests lie in the optimization of human movement with a strong emphasis on sport performance. His research encompasses both optimal sport movement patterns as well as the most advantageous training techniques. He has consulted for several entities in the golf industry including Ping, Footjoy, Boditrak, Kvest, and FlightScope as well as for several top instructors such as Chris Como.
Studying sport history is a way to understand how people’s idea of sport has evolved, how societies have integrated sport into their lives, and how sport impacted people's lives. My current research focuses on Black Canadians’ sport history and such studies show that sport has brought people together and, at the same time, divided them, and how it has liberated some while limiting others. Hence, exploring sport in the past goes beyond records, scores, rules, and equipment to reveal a complex activity that has meant different things to people of different classes, genders, races, abilities, and more.
Dr. Palmer's research examines how humans can exercise in extreme conditions. Most exercise is done outside in the elements where piercing winds, stagnant heat, or dehydration can complicate performance. His work intends to find out if, and how, a person can prepare for these circumstances
Heart Health – How’s Yours? Researching heart health using exercise as medicine.
Emphasizing the mindful experience of Being-in-the-Zone as the good of sport, Dr. Vossen’s program of research is devoted to what game-playing teaches about life and the pursuit of knowledge, excellence, and happiness therein. Empowered by the vision of a Utopian society of people playing really magnificent games of significance, she is currently engaged in two research projects including the quest for a philosophy of sporting intelligence capable of exposing the dumb-jock stereotype as a myth, as well as the establishment of a philosophical proof that life is a game.
Research involves examining sexualization and gender stereotypes in sport and physical activity. Examples include: the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, ESPN the Body Issue and Olympic athletes posing nude. Research also examines how gender is constructed in Mixed Martial Arts, and explores the struggles women athletes face in sport (like menstruation myths, and sex testing). Current funded research project on trans athlete participation in sport in Canada.