Biomechanics and Ergonomics Laboratory

At over 1100 ft2, the biomechanics and ergonomics laboratory offers a spacious location for graduate student and faculty research studies. Three pits in the floor have been designed to accept several sizes of force platforms to enable gait and running analyses as well as lift/lower analyses and the assessment of vertical impacts.

A custom impact wall provides a rigid surface against which a variety of human impacts can occur. A steel grid extends across the ceiling of the lab, providing a framework for a motion capture system, safety harness attachment, and pendulum and sled devices used in human impact research. Data acquisition is conducted via mobal computer workstations using predominantly LabView-based software. The lab is equipped with EMG, force platforms, accelerometers, electrogoniometers, and a variety of force transducers. A number of custom jigs are used in the study of whole body and upper extremity ergonomics. The biomechanics and ergonomics laboratory is supported by a research technician in the Department of Kinesiology.

Motor Control/ Lifespan Development Laboratory

The Motor Control/Lifespan Development lab examines areas of skill acquisition and skill maintenance across the lifespan. We work with a variety of populations, including young athletes, individuals with autism, and older adults. This work is multi-disciplinary in approach, utilizing a range of techniques and methodologies. Our research is currently supported by three SSHRC grants, through which we are investigating relative age effects in youth sport, along with sport participation and successful aging in older adults.

Physical Activity and Cardiovascular Research Lab (PACR)

The PACR lab encompasses over 1400 square feet of recently completed (2009) wet labs and clinical space with state of the art exercise and health equipment. Our multi-disciplinary research team, housed within the Department of Kinesiology, focuses on disease prevention and intervention from the cell to society. Populations of interest include children, adolescents, healthy adults, clinical populations (e.g., individuals diagnosed with obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, and/or cardiovascular disease), and older adults. Additionally, the proximity of the University of Windsor’s Athletic Department allows the PACR lab to be involved in the assessment and training of some of Canada’s top ranked varsity teams and athletes.

Sport Psychology and Physical Activity Research Collaborative (SPPARC)

The goal of our center is to research people and their behaviours in sport, exercise, and other performance contexts. Using theoretical and applied practices, we aim to understand the psychological influences contributing to sport and exercise involvement.

The directors of the center, Drs. Krista Chandler and Todd Loughead, along with their Masters and PhD students, conduct leading-edge research in their respective areas. Through the collaborative efforts of Drs. Chandler and Loughead, along with their colleagues from around the world, research is currently being conducted on imagery, athlete leadership, active play, mental health, cohesion, and team building. This research is supported, in part, by Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and Sport Participation Research Initiatives.

Kinesiology Computer Laboratory

The computer lab is a state-of the art facility with 58 terminals for Kinesiology student use. The space can be subdivided by a retractable wall so that students can access a few terminals when the lab is in use for a classroom application. Computers are outfitted with current research and teaching software packages.

Multipurpose Research Laboratories

Two multipurpose labs are available for research projects from all disciplines within Kinesiology. Each lab is approximately 900 ft2 and is outfitted with a force platform pit, ceiling grid and can be used in concert via a pocket door opening between them.

Dennis Fairall Fieldhouse

  • 63,000 square foot open fieldhouse
  • Built in 1980-81
  • 7 lane 200 meter indoor running/walking track
  • 4 full basketball courts (2 wood courts, 2 mondo courts)
  • 6 badminton courts
  • 6 volleyball courts

Forge Fitness Centre

  • 7000 square foot fitness centre
  • 7 treadmills
  • 12 ellipticals
  • 2 recumbent bikes
  • 2 rowing machines
  • 2 powermill climbers
  • 2 rope machines
  • 1 sci-fit (upper ergometer)
  • 45+ training machines (plate loaded, selectorized, benches, platforms and racks)
  • Fitness studio stretching/abs area (subject to closure due to fitness classes)

Alumni Field/ Outdoor Facilities

  • Opened in 2005
  • 2000 permanent seats, capacity for over 10,000 spectators
  • Artificial field turf football/soccer field
  • 8 lane 400 meter outdoor running/walking track
  • 3 multipurpose grass fields
  • Full track and field facility (jump pits, high jump, pole vault, javelin, hammer, discus, shot putt, steeple)
  • 2 beach volleyball courts
  • 1 ball hockey rink (boards and nets)

Swimming Pool

  • 6 lane 25 yard lap pool
  • Full change rooms with lockers (must bring lock, no overnight locker use)
  • 13 foot diving well