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The Field of Kinesiology

Welcome to the Department of Kinesiology at California State University, Fresno. Our goal is to make your life better by providing an education and a variety of practical experiences, workshops and certifications which will help you create a professional career. More at this link . . .

What is Kinesiology?

The term "Kinesiology" means "the study of movement", and the Department of Kinesiology takes a very broad and comprehensive approach to the study of movement, and the positive influences of movement and physical activity on human life.

Movement and physical activity has a very powerful effect on health, wellness and disease prevention, and the field of Kinesiology is the leader in science and expertise in exercise, and applications to health promotion, disease prevention and healthy aging. The Health Care industry is the largest single industry in the United States, and the contributions of Kinesiology to this industry are growing everyday.

Sports and athletics have become very important in modern society, both as a form of entertainment and as a form of self-development and self-actualization. Sports and athletics has become the fifth largest industry in the United States, and the field of Kinesiology has been the leader in development and application of the science and technology which has transformed training and coaching techniques. The contributions of the field of Kinesiology have led to spectacular improvements in equipment, facilities, opportunities and performance.

Prevention and rehabilitation of injuries which occur during sports, athletics and physical activities has improved dramatically as a result of contributions from Kinesiology. Athletes return from injury more quickly, careers last longer, and protective equipment is more effective. Recreational athletes and people who exercise for fun and fitness have access to equipment, facilities and medical services that are similar to that available to top athletes.


The facilities include a gymnasium, 12 tennis courts, a mat room/gymnastics area, a fitness/weight room, and an all-weather track, as well as a multipurpose field for outdoor games and activities. Additional facilities include a swimming complex with 2 pools, a dance room, a human performance laboratory, a sport and exercise psychology laboratory, and an athletic training laboratory.