Applied Physiology & Kinesiology

College of Health & Human Performance

53%

of PhD students have published at least 1 paper in the last year

35.7%

of APK students applying to Medical School get in

$4.7 million

in Total research expenditures in last year

Dr. Leonardo F. Ferreira

Associate Professor

Dr. Leo Ferreira’s research focuses on causes and consequences of respiratory and limb muscle abnormalities in heart failure, and mechanisms of skeletal muscle weakness through loss of function. His studies examine basic mechanisms at cellular and molecular level and use a translational approach with experiments in pre-clinical models and patients.View More

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Dr. Blain Harrison

Lecturer

Dr. Harrison, Ph.D., ATC, EP-C, CSCS is currently a Lecturer and Internship Coordinator in the Department of Applied Physiology and Kinesiology at the University of Florida. Dr. Harrison currently teaches a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses including Biomechanics, Principles of Strength and Conditioning, Exercise Physiology, and Sports Nutrition. Prior to joining the University of Florida, he was an Assistant Professor of Exercise Science at Longwood University (2011-2016).View More

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Dr. Christopher Janelle

Professor, Associate Dean for Academic & Student Affairs

Dr. Janelle’s Performance Psychology laboratory team studies how emotions impact mechanisms underlying the motor actions of elite athletes, performers, and individuals with emotional and movement disorders.View More

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Dr. Leonardo F. Ferreira

Associate Professor

Dr. Leo Ferreira’s research focuses on causes and consequences of respiratory and limb muscle abnormalities in heart failure, and mechanisms of skeletal muscle weakness through loss of function. His studies examine basic mechanisms at cellular and molecular level and use a translational approach with experiments in pre-clinical models and patients.View More

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Applied Physiology and Kinesiology

The Department of Applied Physiology & Kinesiology (APK) studies the immediate and lasting effects of exercise and its use in performance enhancement and disease prevention and rehabilitation. Degree specializations include exercise physiology, fitness/wellness, athletic training, biomechanics, sport and exercise psychology, motor learning and control and human performance.

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Recent News

New Atlas for Corticospinal Tract for Humans

Coombes lab provides a new atlas and template outlining the sub-regions of the cortico-spinal tract using novel technology.

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Movement Planning and Motor Speed

Christou lab publishes a new paper in Journal of Neurophysiology focused on perturbations to motor planning.

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APK Sponsorship for PHHP's Latest Conference

APK assists in sponsorship for the The University of Florida's The Advances in Skeletal Muscle Biology in Health & Dsiease Conference.

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An Upgrade for Human Performance

APK appoints a director of the Online MS degree Applied Physiology & Kinesiology with concentration in Human Performance.

New Funding for Peripheral Artery Disease

Dr. Terence Ryan funded to offer a new approach to Peripheral Artery Disease. This novel approach provides long awaited hope that PAD patients may have treatment options in the future that will reduce their pain, exercise intolerance and life changing symptoms.