Kinesiology program keeps students connected to athletics

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Second-year student Emily Minaker and first-year Paige Richardson work on lower body anatomy during an open lab session in G109. Photo by Bonnie Lee La Madeleine.

Reported By Bonnie Lee La Madeleine

Student interest in the kinesiology program at Langara is growing thanks to the expanding range of career paths available for athletes and sports lovers.

Kinesiology, or kin as students in the program call it, is the study of movement. People working in the field use scientific and sociological insights to help others walk, run, play and work more efficiently, with fewer injuries.

Enrolment on the rise

The program has seen modest enrolment increases for the past three years, but Dana Maslovat, department chair of the kinesiology program, said that is not the number to look at.

“[Enrolment] is only increasing modestly because we are limited by how many seats we have. The number of applicants is increasing hugely,” he said.

The department receives more than 1,000 applications for about 250 classroom seats available each term.

Dana Maslovat, department chair for the Kinesiology program. Photo: Bonnie Lee La Madeleine.
Dana Maslovat, department chair for the Kinesiology program. Photo: Bonnie Lee La Madeleine.

“In the ideal world, people in our field would inform things like the coaches of the world, the athlete development centres of the world and the health centres that are government regulated,” Maslovat said.

An alternative route to sports

The field attracts athletes and fitness buffs who, like Johnson Yu, a soccer player at Langara, study kinesiology to keep their connection to a sport they love.

Yu is in his second-year in kinesiology, but he is an athlete first. He wanted to become a professional soccer player, and his choice of study lets him stay close to that dream.

“A lot of the stuff we learn is kind of related to sport and exercise,” Yu said. “So most of the guys on the soccer team and basketball team, they’re all kin. It’s either kin or business.”

Langara Kinesiology instructor Ryan Cawsey said that students arrive with ideas of a possible future, but many find careers that don’t support professional sports, leading them to discover opportunities beyond what they initially imagined.

There is a natural path of discovery in the program,” Cawsey said.

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