Kinesiology Department

Welcome to the Iowa State University Department of Kinesiology. In our programs, your Iowa State adventure features:

  • World-class faculty
  • State-of-the-art laboratories
  • Ground-breaking research
  • An accredited athletic training program
  • Real-world experience

The ISU Kinesiology doctoral program is ranked among the top 20 in the nation by the National Academy of Kinesiology.

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Kinesiology News from the College of Human Sciences

Valentine studies how to combat obesity with exercise
Rudy Valentine, a new assistant professor in kinesiology, studies how inflammation could be causing behavior changes in obese individuals.
After-school program introduces kids to physical fitness
The Swim & Gym provides an opportunity for Ames youth to participate in physical fitness activities with students in kinesiology.
Ellingson researches mental health benefits of physical activity
Laura Ellingson, a new assistant professor in kinesiology, has found people who are physically active have more adaptive brain activity.
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New kinesiology professor studies impact of inactivity on public health
Robin Shook, a new assistant professor in kinesiology, comes to Iowa State to research two diseases related to physical inactivity: obesity and cardiovascular disease.
Participants attribute their health to ISU Exercise Clinic
The ISU Exercise Clinic sponsored by the Kinesiology Department with the primary objective is to enable participants to have lifelong physical activity.
ISU research team developing new measurement tool for schools and research
A team of Iowa State researchers are working to improve the Youth Activity Profile, an online tool designed to help schools assess children’s physical activity behavior.
College of Human Sciences enrollment tops 5,000
Student enrollment in the College of Human Sciences topped 5,000 this fall for the first time. The college also saw record enrollment this fall with its minority and international students.
New hires bring international acclaim to College of Human Sciences
Nationally and internationally renowned experts are among 41 new employees joining the College of Human Sciences this fall.
Iowa State professor finds leisure running reduces mortality risk
An Iowa State University assistant professor found running 5 to 10 minutes a day can help you live longer.
Kinesiology is the study of physical activity and its impact on health, society, and quality of life (American Kinesiology Association).
We are a charter member of the American Kinesiology Association.
Exercyse is Medicine The Department of Kinesiology supports the international Exercise is Medicine (EIM) initiative launched by the American College of Sports Medicine. The goal of EIM is to make physical activity and exercise a standard part of a disease prevention and treatment medical paradigm. Visit the website to learn more about our local programming.