NMSU’s kinesiology program moves in right direction


Dr. Ou Ma from Engineering, and Dr. Bob Wood from Education work together on a research project investigating falls.

Posted: 09/12/2013 on the Las Cruces SunNews
by Dana Beasley

Strides are not just being made within New Mexico State University’s human movement laboratories. The kinesiology program, within the Department of Human Performance, Dance and Recreation, is also making advances in terms of enrollment and academic reputation.

As one of the fastest growing majors in the country, the demand for solid kinesiology undergraduate education at NMSU has increased exponentially within the past decade.

“Ten years ago, there were 28 students in kinesiology at NMSU. Now there are 400,” said Robert Wood, NMSU’s Human Performance, Dance and Recreation department head.

A multidimensional profession, kinesiology — the study of human movement — encompasses a variety of different sub-disciplines. However, most students entering the program are interested in going into some allied health profession, such as medicine, physical therapy or occupational therapy, Wood said.


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