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Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences News

The department of kinesiology and nutrition sciences within the School of Integrated Health Sciences provides a high-quality educational experience in the areas of kinesiology, nutrition sciences, and athletic training. Students receive rigorous classroom instruction aided by computer and multimedia instruction, practical laboratory immersion, and clinical experiences.

Current Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences News

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Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences department chair channels his love for bikes and understanding of childhood poverty into career promoting health and wellness for all.

A student putting on first responder equipment, with the help of a professor.
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Students learn how to maximize performance and decrease injury for people in physically demanding fields.

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As the nation's most-watched sports entertainment event rolls into town, UNLV researchers are available to provide expertise.

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UNLV professor Graham McGinnis on avoiding the energy drain that can come with shifting work schedules (or weekends of late-night fun).

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A collection of news stories highlighting UNLV’s dedication to community and research.

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A collection of news stories highlighting expert insights, research, and academic achievement.

Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences In The News

Women's Health

Have you been running with arch pain, thinking it’s not a big deal? Well take a pause, because that aching could be plantar fasciitis–which is a big deal when ignored. Plantar fasciitis occurs when the fascia, aka your foot arch, gets inflamed from the accumulation of stress overtime.

Canadian Running Magazine

Backwards running may sound ridiculous, but studies show it has benefits for both brain and body

Recent studies validate the benefits of retroactive locomotion in reducing low back pain and pressure on joints. However, doing this activity without following the instructions of a guide or without any supervision can increase the risk of injuries and falls.


Walking, at any level of intensity, is good for you. It has been shown that walking at a slow and steady pace can reduce the risk of heart disease and diabetes. But there is research to suggest that increasing the distance of your walk can reduce the risk of premature death and diseases such as cancer, and that increasing the intensity has other benefits as well.

Radio 4: Just One Thing - with Michael Mosley

Step out - backwards! The Chinese have a saying that 100 steps backwards are worth 1000 steps forward - and they might be onto something! It may look bizarre to onlookers, but Michael delves into the research and finds some surprising benefits. It’s been used for decades in rehabilitative physical therapy, and recent research reveals that it could even boost memory - by giving your brain a workout! Michael also speaks to biomechanics expert and champion of backwards walking, Professor Janet Dufek from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, whose research suggests that walking backwards could help with lower back pain. They discuss why walking backwards is so beneficial for our muscles and how to do it safely.

The Sun (UK)

Not only could it burn more calories, but improve your memory

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Recent Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences Accomplishments

John Mercer (Kinesiology and Nutrition Science; UNLV Sports Innovation Institute) and Andrew Craig-Jones, a UNLV alum now assistant professor at Augusta University, were the senior and lead author on the paper "The effect of compression garments on biomechanical and physiological factors" in Biomechanics. This paper also was co-authored by James…
Arpita Basu (Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences), Leigh Ann Richardson (Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences), Alicia Carlos (Dental), Neamat Hassan (Dental), Robin Weltman (Dental), and Jeffrey Ebersole (Dental) conducted an interdisciplinary collaborative research published in Nutrients. The publication is titled, "The Associations of…
Associate professor Brach Poston (Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences) and senior academic advisor John Starkey (Business) are the recipients of this year's UNLV Academic Advisor Awards. The UNLV Academic Advisor awards recognize individuals with an exceptional record of advising and supporting students. Their award applications have been forwarded…
Sara Rosenkranz (Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences), along with colleagues, recently published, "Interleukin-15 responses to acute and chronic exercise in adults: a systematic review and meta-analysis," in the journal Frontiers in Immunology. 
Sara Rosenkranz (Kinesiology & Nutrition Sciences), along with colleagues, recently published Effects of treadmill training on myelin proteomic markers and cerebellum morphology in a rat model of cuprizone-induced toxic demyelination in the Journal of Neuroimmunology. 
Richard Rosenkranz and Sara Rosenkranz (both Kinesiology & Nutrition Sciences) along with colleagues from Kansas State University recently published "Are lifestyle behaviors associated with excellent self-rated health among American adolescents? A cross-sectional study" in the Journal of Healthy Eating & Active Living.