Michael Kennedy, PhD

Associate Professor/Academic, Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation - Academic Programs

Contact

Associate Professor/Academic, Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation - Academic Programs
Email
kennedy@ualberta.ca
Phone
(780) 492-2830
Address
4-230 Van Vliet Complex - East
8810 - 114TH St NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2H9

Overview

About

Degrees
PhD (Rehabilitation Science), University of Alberta, 2006
MSc (Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation), University of Alberta, 1997 
BPE (Physical Education), University of Alberta, 1995

Background

 

•    Dr. Michael Kennedy is a Certified Exercise Physiologist (CSEP-CEP).
•    Achieved a BPE in Sport Science focusing on pace strategy and performance. MSc was focused on developing critical velocity models in rowers. PhD work was in integrative physiology focusing on oxygen      delivery during exercise in elite athletes. Obtained Certified Exercise Physiologist designation in 2007 and is a member of the Exercise is Medicine Network (Canadian Association of Exercise Physiology).
•    Joined the Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation in 2007 as an Assistant Professor in Athlete Health.
•    Has served as the lead sport scientist for men’s basketball, women’s field hockey and women’s soccer at the University of Alberta as well as the Edmonton Triathlon Academy. Currently is the lead sport scientist for the varsity swim team (men and women).

 


Research

The Athlete Health Lab aims to understand factors which influence athlete health status and how athlete health status influences performance. 

Current research interests include:

  • environmental and training related factors influencing lung function in athletes 
  • relationship between training stress, health status and performance

Our approach involves understanding prevalence, improving screening, studying mechanisms and increasing awareness. 


Teaching

PEDS 101: Introduction of Human Physiology 
PEDS 103: Integrative Human Physiology 
HEED 220: Introduction to Personal Physical Fitness 
PEDS 335: Advanced Conditioning Methodology  


Announcements

URI Undergraduate Researcher Stipend Award

Nathan Lentz was awarded a URI for the summer. His passion for car racing and physiology are combined in this project which evaluates the "The Metabolic and Energetic Needs of Race Car Driving  Performance". Nathan was the physiology lead for the FSAE U of A race car driving team and that competed in Lincoln Nebraska recently. He will be in the lab and on the track looking at the physiological response to race car driving using a simulator (in the lab) and then in the real world using equipment that is suitable for field testing in a race car. 

EDUCATION SEMINAR: 

Stress management – what, why and how can you improve health outcomes in your clients (June 28, 2017)….

Spent an afternoon talking to the trainers and exercise specialists at Body By Bennett about the evidence around chronic stress. We focussed on their client base that is looking for stress reduction via exercise and physical activity. I discussed the evidence around chronic stress and risk factors for poor health and chronic disease. We explored how and what are the best techniques to improve overall health. We also discussed how they can measure and evaluate progress in their clients. 


Education Abroad Individual Award - University of Alberta International:

Rachelle Davies was awarded an Education Abroad Award to study at the University of Innsbruck in the Winter of 2017. She worked within the Sport Medicine group under the supervision of Martin Burtscher. Congratulations Rachelle. 


European College of Sport Science Annual Congress (July 6-9, 2016)

Our paper entitled: "Effect of graded cold exposure on perceived exertion and heart rate response at different intensities of exercise" was accepted for presentation. This paper examines the question "is exercising in cold weather more challenging to your body and mind?". We found that yes your heart rate is increased in severe cold (-15 and -20 C) and your effort is also increased (Rating of Perceived Effort) in severe temperatures compared to warmer temperatures (0, -5 and -10 C). This paper highlights the idea that severe cold weather exercise is more stressful on the body especially if you are doing intense exercise such as running or nordic skiing.


Cross Country Canada High Performance Coaching Seminar May 7-8, 2016.

I had the honour of presenting to 80 of our top Nordic coaches in Canada this past weekend on respiratory health in Nordic skiers.

A copy of my presentation from that talk is found in scholarly activities.



Courses

HE ED 120 - Introduction to the Biological Aspects of Fitness to Health

A biological analysis of the contributions of physical activity and exercise to fitness and long term health. Emphasis is on the introduction of training principles, health related components of physical fitness, exercise and physical activity guidelines, and the application of these concepts for determination of physical fitness, individual long term health outcomes, and preventable disease. Note: Credit will be granted for only one of HE ED 120 or HE ED 220.

Fall Term 2020 Winter Term 2021
KIN 436 - Applied Endurance Training

Students will learn how to develop and implement effective endurance training programming for a wide range of individuals through experiential learning opportunities. Further, students will work across sport science disciplines to explore how a range of theoretical concepts interact and intersect to produce quality endurance sport performances. Prerequisite: KIN 335. Note: Credit will be granted for only one of PAC 491 or KIN 436.

Fall Term 2020
KSR 591 - Research and Directed Studies II

Note: Credit will be granted for only one of KSR 591, KRLS 591 or PERLS 591.

Fall Term 2020

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Scholarly Activities

Other - Risky Business: How does training and competition affect respiratory health in cold weather athletes…

This talk was given to 80 of our best Nordic coaches from all over Canada. I presented on respiratory health in Nordic skiers. The talk focusses on the risk factors associated with training and competing, why Nordic skiers have acute and chronic respiratory issues and what coaches can do to treat and prevent respiratory issues in their skiers.

More Information
Teaching - Stress management – what, why and how can you improve health outcomes in your clients….

Started: 20170629

Spent an afternoon talking to the trainers and exercise specialists at Body By Bennett about the evidence around chronic stress. We focussed on their client base that is looking for stress reduction via exercise and physical activity. I discussed the evidence around chronic stress and risk factors for poor health and chronic disease. We explored how and what are the best techniques to improve overall health. We also discussed how they can measure and evaluate progress in their clients. 

Publications

Bench behaviour of ice hockey coaches: Psychophysiological and verbal responses to critical game incidents
Author(s): Michael D Kennedy, Camilla J Knight
Publication: International Journal of Sports Science & Coaching
Volume: 12
Issue: 3
Page Numbers: 303-311
External Link: DOI: 10.1177/1747954117710509
Is Performance of a Modified Eucapnic Voluntary Hyperpnea Test in High Ventilation Athletes Reproducible?
Author(s): Michael D Kennedy, Craig Steinback, Rachel Skow, Eric C Parent
Publication: Allergy, asthma & immunology research
Volume: 8
Issue: 3
External Link: DOI: 10.4168/aair.2017.9.3.229 · License: CC BY-NC 4.0
Respiratory Function and Symptoms Post Cold Air Exercise in Female High and Low Ventilation Sport Athletes
Author(s): Kennedy, M. D., & Faulhaber, M.
Publication: Allergy, asthma & immunology research
Volume: 10
Issue: 1
Page Numbers: 43-51
External Link: https://www.e-aair.org/search.php?where=aview&id=10.4168/aair.2018.10.1.43&code=9999AAIR&vmode=FULL
Field versus race pace conditions to provoke exercise-induced bronchoconstriction in elite swimmers: Influence of training background
Author(s): Michael D Kennedy, Jessie MS Gill, Alastair MH Hodges
Publication: Journal of exercise science and fitness (JESF)
Volume: 15
Issue: 1
Page Numbers: 12-17
External Link: DOI: 10.1016/j.jesf.2017.03.002
The Effect of Different Training Loads on the Lung Health of Competitive Youth Swimmers.
Author(s): Davies, R. D., Parent, E. C., Steinback, C. D., & Kennedy, M. D.
Publication: International Journal of Exercise Science
Volume: 11
Issue: 6
Page Numbers: 999-1018
External Link: https://digitalcommons.wku.edu/ijes/vol11/iss6/15/