ki·​ne·​si·​ol·​o·​gy | \ kə-ˌnē-sē-ˈä-lə-jē How to pronounce kinesiology (audio) , kī-, -zē- How to pronounce kinesiology (audio) \

Definition of kinesiology

: the study of the principles of mechanics and anatomy in relation to human movement

Other Words from kinesiology

kinesiologist \ kə-​ˌnē-​sē-​ˈä-​lə-​jist How to pronounce kinesiology (audio) , kī-​ , -​zē-​ How to pronounce kinesiology (audio) \ noun

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Kinesiologists study the acquisition of motor skills, the mechanical aspects of movement, and the body's responses to physical activity. A kinesiologist may work in a public-school fitness program, design exercise programs for people with and without disabilities, or work with patients recovering from disease, accidents, and surgery. As a field of research, kinesiology focuses particularly on the mechanics of muscular activity.

Examples of kinesiology in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In a 2018 paper, authors including Jimmy Bagley, an associate professor of kinesiology at San Francisco State University and lead researcher at VRHI, found evidence that exercising in virtual reality leads people to underestimate their own exertion. Washington Post, 21 Apr. 2022 Something about exercise alters the body, physiologically and psychologically, says Jacob Meyer, a professor of kinesiology at Iowa State University. Rachel Feintzeig, WSJ, 18 Apr. 2022 After running competitively and studying kinesiology in college, Hockerson worked in some of the first running shops in California in the mid-1970s and started looking at shoe designs with a critical eye. Brian Metzler, Outside Online, 15 June 2020 Lacy Alexander, PhD, assistant professor of kinesiology at Penn State University, points out another potential problem with these types of products: The increased insulation and non-breathable fabric likely limits evaporative cooling from sweat. Amanda Macmillan, Outside Online, 20 Feb. 2015 Valencia, a junior kinesiology major, had no boxing experience prior to taking part in the off-campus charity bout, Lasso said. Amir Vera And Amy Simonson, CNN, 30 Nov. 2021 Sazalea Martinez, a kinesiology student at Antelope Valley College in Palmdale, California, came to Rodriguez in September to memorialize her grandparents. Kaiser Health News, oregonlive, 28 Nov. 2021 In September, fellow Tanner Hebel, who studied kinesiology at IUPUI, brought his scientific background to further build the project. Domenica Bongiovanni, The Indianapolis Star, 1 Dec. 2021 And neurocontrolled robotics will revolutionize body and limb repair and kinesiology. - Spiros Liolis, Micro Focus 10. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 4 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of kinesiology

1894, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for kinesiology

Greek kinēsis

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ki·​ne·​si·​ol·​o·​gy | \ kə-ˌnē-sē-ˈäl-ə-jē How to pronounce kinesiology (audio) , kī- How to pronounce kinesiology (audio) , -zē- \
plural kinesiologies

Medical Definition of kinesiology

: the study of the principles of mechanics and anatomy in relation to human movement

Other Words from kinesiology

kinesiologic \ -​ō-​ˈläj-​ik How to pronounce kinesiology (audio) \ or kinesiological \ -​i-​kəl How to pronounce kinesiology (audio) \ adjective


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