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THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND KINESIOLOGY


The Department of Health and Kinesiology (HLKN) is the largest academic department at Texas A&M University and generates over 98,000 credit hours and 203,000 (Modified) weighted student credit hours each year.

As one of four departments in the College of Education and Human Development, HLKN is currently home to over 3,500 undergraduate students, 246 master’s students, 70 doctoral students (3,921 total), 179 minor students, 103 faculty members, 32 staff members and 87 funded graduate assistants.

Divisions of Health & Kinesiology

The department is comprised of four divisions: Health EducationKinesiologySport Management and the Physical Education Activity Program. Each division offers various degrees and outreach programs promoting continuing education for students and the community.

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Division of Health Education

Prepares students to help people improve their health, and thereby the quality of life, through effective health education, powerful networking, strong leadership, meaningful research and selfless service to others.

athletic training students

Division of Kinesiology

We give students access and appreciation for all things kinesiology, emphasizing the biological basis to exercise and movement.

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Division of Sport Management

The Sport Management Program is one of the top 5 programs in the country.

Health & Kinesiology Physical Education Activity Building

Division of Physical Education Activity Program

PEAP offers health and fitness activity classes to every Texas A&M student.

Former Student Highlight


KOURTNEY MARTIN


During her time as a Group Fitness Instructor at Texas A&M Rec Sports, she was presented with the opportunity to instruct WELLNESS WORKS! fitness sessions to faculty and staff at Texas A&M. She went on to complete her graduate internship with WELLNESS WORKS! before being named Employee Wellness Coordinator in 2017.

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FROM OUR FORMER STUDENTS


Chandler Stout ’15 discusses her experience as a Sports Management Major at the College of Education and Human Development. Chandler has been heavily involved in student organizations such as Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority, Freshman Leaders in Progress, Conference on Student Government Association Committee, Big Event, Relay for Life-Aggieland and Fish Camp.

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Health & Kinesiology

Centers

HLKN Centers


CENTER FOR SPORT MANAGEMENT RESEARCH AND EDUCATION

CENTER FOR TRANSLATIONAL RESEARCH IN AGING AND LONGEVITY

SYDNEY AND J.L. HUFFINES INSTITUTE FOR SPORTS MEDICINE AND HUMAN PERFORMANCE

TRANSDISCIPLINARY CENTER FOR HEALTH EQUITY RESEARCH

HLKN Labs & Institutes


Aging & Translational Research in Medicine Lab


The main focus of the muscle metabolism laboratory is to determine effective treatments for muscle loss in several different populations, including cancer and aging. Current studies include how anabolic treatments such as testosterone and/or amino acid supplementation influence muscle metabolism in cancer patients. Additionally, the lab studies blood flow and muscle perfusion as it relates to aging.

Division: Kinesiology

Applied Exercise Science Laboratory


The Applied Exercise Science Laboratory (AESL) trains graduate and undergraduate students for professions in cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, clinical exercise physiology, sports medicine, sports physiology and worksite fitness/ health promotion. The laboratory also serves firefighters, law-enforcement officials and employees and students of Texas A&M University through the FITLIFE exercise program.

Division: Kinesiology

Applied Exercise Lab

Biology of Physical Activity Laboratory


BPA determines the biological and genetic pathways that regulate physical activity in humans. The lab uses both human and mouse models in both genetic and proteomic investigations.

Division: Kinesiology

Bone Biology Laboratory


The long-standing objective of the Bone Biology Laboratory is to understand the bone response to increased loading (exercise) or decreased loading (immobilization, microgravity) using an integrative physiology approach. Related lines of inquiry focus on nutritional (restricted caloric/protein intake) and endocrine modifiers of the bone response to exercise and to simulated microgravity. Lastly, exercise/muscle contraction is frequently tested as an intervention for bone loss due to disuse or to clinical conditions such as inflammatory bowel disease.

Division: Kinesiology

Center for Sport Management Research and Education


The Center for Sport Management Research and Education is designed to be a catalyst in bringing together an interdisciplinary team of researchers in the study of sport and athletics management, and generate and diffuse timely and appropriate knowledge concerning the practice and application of sport and athletics management.

Division: Sport Management

CSMRE Website

Center for Translational Research in Aging and Longevity


The Center for Translational Research in Aging and Longevity (CTRAL) is engaged in ongoing translational research on nutrition, exercise and metabolism in relation to aging and the common diseases of our aging population. Translation of knowledge from basic and applied sciences to care and clinical practice for older adults is the overall goal of our group.

Division: Kinesiology

CTRAL Website

Child & Adolescent Health Research Lab


The Child & Adolescent Health Research Lab is a collaboration between the Department of Health and Kinesiology, the Texas A&M School of Public Health and the Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Sciences’ Youth Development Program.

Division: Health

CAHRL Website

Child Motor Development Laboratory


The Lab is dedicated to the discovery, communication, and application of knowledge associated with physical growth and motor behavior of children.

Exploring the Cognitive Level of Action Processing

Division: Kinesiology

Child Motor Development Lab

Chronic Conditions among Communities of Color (4C)


The 4C is coordinated by Dr. Idethia Shevon Harvey and focuses on understanding the social and environmental determinants of chronic disease and implementing interventions to improve prevention and control.

4C’s research program is divided into three areas:

  • The social determinants of diabetes and obesity among aging minority adults,
  • Interventions to improve diabetes outcomes, and
  • Translation of research findings in real-world setting.

Division: Health

Coaching Academy


The Coaching Academy helps individuals reach their goals related to the variety of opportunities the coaching field provides. Educational experiences are provided to assist students, student-athletes and current coaches to achieve their career objectives, as they positively influence those they coach, and the communities in which they interact.

Coaching Academy

Exercise & Sport Nutrition Laboratory


The 4C is coordinated by Dr. Idethia Shevon Harvey and focuses on understanding the social and environmental determinants of chronic disease and implementing interventions to improve prevention and control.

4C’s research program is divided into three areas:

  • The social determinants of diabetes and obesity among aging minority adults,
  • Interventions to improve diabetes outcomes, and
  • Translation of research findings in real-world setting.

Division: Health

Exercise & Sport Nutrition Lab

Exercise Genetics Laboratory


The Exercise Genetics Laboratory identifies biological mediators of adaptions to exercise training and elucidates the mechanistic basis for chronic disease associated with low levels of fitness. The lab uses the genetic/genomic approaches, quantitative trait (QTL) mapping and haplotype analysis, to investigate the genetic basis for individual variation in response to exercise training.

Division: Kinesiology

Health Promotion and Genomics Lab


The Health Promotion and Genomics Lab focuses on the cutting-edge field of public health genomics. The lab’s mission is to train and engage health educators to maximize the benefits of genomic discoveries and minimize the potential harm to the lay public and underserved populations.

Division: Health

HPG Lab

Huffines Institute for Sports Medicine


With a $2.5 million endowment, the mission of the Sydney and J.L. Huffines Institute for Sports Medicine and Human Performance is threefold: to facilitate cutting-edge research in Sports Medicine, to contribute to better practice and development in Sports Medicine, and to help the public understand the science behind sports medicine and human performance.

Division: Kinesiology

Huffines Website

Human Countermeasures Laboratory


The purpose of HCL is the integrative study of nutritional and exercise countermeasures for the prevention and treatment of the effects of inactivity, aging and microgravity on musculoskeletal performance and disease. The lab’s approach is to identify environmental and genetic factors that contribute to inter-individual variability in muscle loss or variability in response to intervention.

Division: Kinesiology

Laboratory For Diversity In Sport


Laboratory for Diversity in Sport is part of the Center for Sport Management Research and Education and is dedicated to producing and disseminating research related to all forms of diversity within the sport and leisure context.

Division: Sport Management

Diversity in Sport

College Sports Lab


The primary mission of the College Sports Lab is to advance and further develop the management of the intercollegiate athletics community through scholarly inquiry, valuable experience, and application of knowledge.

Division: Sport Management

College Sports Lab

Motor Behavior Laboratories


The Motor Behavior Laboratories is comprised of four laboratories: the Coordination Dynamics Laboratory, the Motor Development Laboratory, the Motor Control Laboratory and the Motor Learning/Control Laboratory.

Studies developed and undertaken in the Coordination Dynamics Laboratory focus on identifying the perception-action processes that underlie the control and learning of multi-joint limb movements.  The Motor Development Laboratory is involved in inquiry related to motor behavior from a developmental perspective.

Division: Kinesiology

Muscle Biology Laboratory


The focus of MBL is to better understand the fundamental mechanisms controlling skeletal muscle protein homeostasis. Current studies focus on alterations of muscle protein synthesis and degradation with advancing age, after exercise and during periods of stimulated microgravity or disuse.

Division: Kinesiology

Muscle Biology Lab

Office of Digital Learning Technologies


The Office of Digital Learning Technologies (DLT) develops and delivers the online courses and programs offered through HLKN. The office employs a team of staff, graduate assistants, and student workers to ensure the best possible learning experience for students enrolled in its courses.

The DLT provides instructional design recommendations to faculty and multimedia production of learning content, and builds the courses within the learning management systems used by HLKN.

Division: Health, Kinesiology, Sport Management

Redox Biology & Cell Signaling Laboratory


The RBCSL is dedicated to investigating the role of pro-oxidants in normal skeletal muscle function as well as skeletal muscle dysfunction with physical inactivity and disease. The goals of the lab are (a) to reduce the human suffering and increase the quality of life of Texans and Americans afflicted by skeletal muscle wasting with heart disease, muscular dystrophy, etc. and (b) to substantially reduce the risk and incidence of modern chronic disease by improving the function and antioxidant state of skeletal muscle.

Division: Kinesiology

RBCSL

 

Space Life Sciences Graduate Training Program


The goal of SLS is to develop a cadre of scientists capable of performing the work necessary to solve the most critical problems in space life sciences that limit long duration space flight such as: 1) bone loss 2) muscle wasting 3) health effects of cosmic radiation 4) changes in metabolism and 5) the consequences of being in a catabolic state while in space. In addition, students will gain the specific training in either nutritional and/or exercise physiology countermeasures against these major biological problems.

Division: Kinesiology

Transdisciplinary Center For Health Equity Research


TCHER engages in a variety of research, education, service and community outreach activities related to the reduction and elimination of health disparities.  TCHER also contributes to the national research agenda related to health disparities and the existing as well as emerging health needs of ethnic minority groups and disadvantaged or vulnerable sub-groups of the population of all racial/ethnic identification.

Division: Health

TCHER Website

Vascular Biology Laboratory


The Vascular Biology Laboratory (VBL) focuses on the interactive effects of aging and exercise training on skeletal muscle vascular beds. The lab’s mission is to understand how the structure and function of arteries change with age and how these changes increase cardiovascular disease risk in the elderly. In addition, we are determining mechanisms by which exercise training attenuates, or reverses, the detrimental effects of aging on vascular function.

Division: Kinesiology

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