Faculty & Staff


Michael Kennedy, PhD

Associate Professor

Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation

About Me

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



•    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).



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. 


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