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Research Day explores sport, health & community

March 5, 2020 —  [UPDATE: Research Day has been postponed indefinitely]

The Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management Research Day is a showcase of health, leisure, and human performance research being conducted by our faculty and community. It’s a day to spread ideas, gain insight, and to be inspired to continue a pursuit of promoting health and preventing illness through sport, recreation, and community development. 

Students are also encouraged to submit a research abstract and poster for the annual student research poster competition. There is a prize for the top undergraduate, master’s and PhD poster and presentation. Full details are online.


Indigenous knowledge and physical education: The challenges and opportunities to create culturally relevant pedagogy

Dr. Daniel Henhawk, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management, University of Manitoba; Leslie Duhamel, Educator, Pembina Trails School Division

This presentation will discuss the implications of Indigenous ways of knowing and being for practice in the fields of recreation, physical education and kinesiology. We will highlight our engagement in a Professional Learning Community with teachers from Pembina Trails School Division and the struggles of physical educators to ensure Indigenous perspectives and cultures are incorporated in authentic, meaningful ways into daily practice, while still covering the outcomes listed in the physical education curriculum.

Black female athletes and the politics of resistance

Dr. Delia Douglas, Anti-Racism Lead, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba

The visibility of the public protests of former quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, Colin Kaepernick, is matched by the invisibility of his Black female counterparts, change agents in their own right, and integral to Black liberation struggles. This presentation concerns the activism and resistance of Black female athletes.

Understanding the newcomer experience and sport participation in Winnipeg

Craig Brown, MA Candidate, Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management; Carolyn Trono, Winnipeg Newcomer Sport Academy

Newcomers to Winnipeg often face many barriers to sport participation. This presentation will be a forum to share current research and applied work with newcomers and sport engagement. The goal is not only to share this information but also to encourage more inclusivity and understanding towards newcomers in this city.

Enhancing exercise adherence in people with persistent musculoskeletal pain

Dr. Laura Meade, Post-Doctural Fellow, Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management

Prescribed exercise programs effectively reduce pain severity while increasing function and quality of life in patients with persistent low back pain. Yet the majority of patients prescribed exercise in treatment of their pain do not adhere. This presentation will discuss ways in which to support behaviour change in these patients to enhance their adherence to exercise.


How to have effective conversations about health behaviour change

Dr. Shaelyn Strachan, Associate Professor, Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management

Attendees will be introduced to motivational interviewing as a general philosophical approach for having effective conversations with people about health behaviour change. Attendees will also learn about some do’s and don’ts and will have the chance to practice some basic counselling techniques for use in conversations about health behaviour change.




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