Kinesiology 605: Research Methods and Design: Overview/Topics

Professor Vicky Jaque; Librarian Marcia Henry

Research Topics for Kin 605 Fall 2013

Assignment:  Do a literature review.  Here are the topics:

  • Self esteem in adolescent male dancers-- key words:self esteem, adolescent male dancers
  • Effects of aerobic and anaerobic training and environmental vs genetic models on the relationship between inflammation and insulin resistance in rodent skeletal muscle.  Kew words: insulin, obesity, inflammaiton NF-Kappa B, IKK, IRS-1, endurance training, weight training
  •  effects of a visual feedback gait trainer treadmill that has instant biofeedback on motor outcomes in people with unilateral lower limb amputations.
  • How do middle and high school physical education courses influence physical activity patterns of university students?

  • Assessing the response to stress in physically active and sedentary college students


  • Behavior modification and exercise in older adults
  •  marathon training in adolescents
  • Addressing coaching behaviors with injured athletes
  • Assessing the influences of Tai Kwan Do and Wii Balance on measures of balance in individuals with autism.
  •  Exercise training in amputees



Spring 2013

  • Post traumatic stress and recovery in athletes
  • Preventing type II diabetes with non-traditional exercise
  • Cross training to prevent injuries and enhance performance in runners
  • developing a low cost community diabetes prevention protocol
  • Preventing burnout among athletic training students
  • Expanding a community exercise program to create healthy lifestyles in adults
  • Influence of physical education programs on physical activity of university students
  • Long term influence of ankle bracing on muscle function in jumping athletes
  • Implementing a strength and conditioning program for high school athletes
  • Kinetics and kinematics of jump landings and the following propulsive phases
  • Worksite wellness programs to decrease type II diabetes incidence
  • The relationship between low back pain and foot pronation
  • Developing an optimal lateral pelvic tilt for belly dance




Research Topics Kin 605 Fall 2012

I'm looking into creating a comprehensive how to guide to changing a losing culture to a winning culture surrounding a college football team. 
Elderly with lower limb osteoarthritis (OA) exhibit symptoms of weaker than average strength, flexibility and balance measures, however not all elderly with OA wind up falling. What is the difference in balance strategy between fallers and non-fallers with OA?
While studies have shown that aerobic activity can help maintain cognitive function in the aging, healthy population, few studies have examined these effects in individuals with Parkinson’s disease.  Information from such a study which examines the effects of cardiovascular exercise on cognitive function in individuals with Parkinson’s disease could provide evidence of a way to slow disease progression as well as improve quality of life for individuals in this population. Key words/phrases:   Parkinson’s disease,  Cognitive/ Executive Function,   Cardiovascular/ Aerobic Exercise
Problem Statement:Hypertension is a leading cause of death in developed countries and increases an individuals’ risk for cardiovascular disease related incidents including stroke and recurrent stroke. Treadmill exercise is often prescribed as a non-pharmacological method of blood pressure regulation in healthy adults. Recent studies have indicated that aquatic treadmill exercise may be more effective in reducing blood pressure post-exercise. However, no studies have compared the effects of aquatic and overground treadmill exercise on ambulatory blood pressure in people post-stroke, which may give insight towards an optimal method of blood pressure reduction to reduce the risk of recurrent stroke.
Problem statement: After an aquatic or land exercise program, balance has improved in healthy older adults. To date, no studies have looked at the benefits on balance of either programs on individuals with knee Osteoarthritis. This study will provide an insight on which programs cause greater improvements in balance in knee osteoarthtritic individuals. Keywords-knee osteoarthritis
Problem statement: To examine the effects of muscular endurance on attention, memory, and mood states between athletic performancers and sedentary controls
Key Words:
resistance training
resistance exercise
mood states
weight lifting
muscular endurance
Problem statement:     To examine which of the four self-efficacy sources lead to a greater performance during a one repetition maximum (1RM) strength test. Researchers have rarely looked at competitive athletes in the realm of situation specific weight room testing.
Key words:
-strength training
-strength test
-physical strength
Problem statement:  Coaches and Sports Psychologists know and understand that an athlete’s anxiety levels have an effect on performance.  Yet, no one has looked at cognitive state anxiety in reference to emotional contagion between teammates during pre-game interpersonal interactions. Whether it exists and what effect it has or can have.  Having a clearer understanding of cognitive state anxiety contagion between athletes would serve as a useful tool for coaches and athletes alike. Knowing that this contagion exists would help in preventing it from occurring and keeping players in there optimal zones of optimal functioning heading into a game. 
Problem statement:  75-85% of the population in the USA suffers from lower back pain.   No study before has reached conclusions with implications of a practical solution that targets the lumbo-pelvic region’s muscular endurance.  The purpose of this study is to help contribute to finding a solution to the lower back pain that so many suffer from.  Preventing lower back pain will help save companies from paying for injured workers compensation as a result of working long hours without exercise;  and keep workers healthy and pain free.   
Problem statement:  TBI is increasing in prevalence and complexity. Many rehabilitation programs focus on objective function such as strength, balance, endurance, and coordination as outcome measures. Though these products are vital for patients to increase physical function and independent mobility, their relationship with overall life satisfaction or quality of life (QoL) has not been well examined. QoL measures can provide a better basis for judging the value of different intervention and rehabilitation programs. Limited research exists that examines the relationship between PA and QoL in TBI populations. Therefore, this study aims to fill those gaps by examining the effects of a PA program on QoL in veterans with TBI.
Problem statement:  Adapted aquatic therapeutic exercise can be a vital part of many pateints’ rehabilitation program. Teaching and training undergraduate students this subject can be as complex as the exercises themselves. Currently students use a combination of lab experiences, lectures,  and paper manuals. The use of an instructional video as a supplementary resource for students will foster greater understanding and more accurate implementation of adapted aquatic therapeutic exercise modalities. Additionally the digital form will allow students to access affordable,  real time demonstration of exercises with verbal instructions at any time via website access.
Problem Statement:  To examine the role of the autonomic nervous system through physical activity and the impact they have on stress levels.
physical activity 
nervous system
benefits of physical activity
Problem statement:  Muscle dysmorphia is a growing problem in our society today.  Yet, the factors that cause this psychological disorder are limited.  More knowledge on muscle dysmorphia would be useful in helping limit and treat this growing disorder amongst males in society today.


Research Topics   for Kin 605 Spring 2012


Problem statement:  Does barefoot running and “barefoot” shoes create positive or negative changes in a person’s running mechanics? Keywords: barefoot, running, minimalist shoes .



Problem Statement: Is there a discrete set of qualitative principles that can describe a dancer’s artistry of movement that does not just supervene on or reduce to her biomechanical efficiency of movement?  Areas of Research: dance, aesthetics, biomechanics, motor control


Problem Statement:  Shyness can affect athletes' and performing artists' performance outcomes due to decreased flow levels, lower self-esteem, and higher fantasy proneness.  Keywords used included "shyness", "flow state", "athlete", "performance anxiety", "self-esteem", and "fantasy proneness". Related terms included "social anxiety", "social phobia", and "inhibited temperament".



Purpose:  To analyze electromyographic activity patterns in people post-stroke during sit-to-stand task on various compliance surfaces.  Keywords: Stroke, hemiparesis, function impairment, muscle activation patterns, sit-to-stand, EMG.

Databases:  PubMed, Science Direct, CINAHLPlus, Google Scholar



Problem Statement:  To determine the effectiveness of a student-run campus worksite wellness program that targets University Faculty and Staff in enhancing health related fitness.  Keywords:  campus, worksite wellness, fitness programs, community, physical activity, fitness, faculty and staff, marathon training program, sedentary, worksite health promotion, low cost or no cost, replicable, longitudinal.


Problem Statement:  Determining a feasible program for athletic trainers to support collegiate dancers.  Keywords:  dance, dancers, injuries, hip injuries, dance medicine, dance science.