Kinesiology Students Use Exercise to Treat Conditions Like Diabetes

December 01, 2014

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas— Kinesiology students from the Exercise Testing and Prescription class at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi presented posters depicting how exercise can be prescribed to help prevent and mitigate the effects of common ailments like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and obesity at the “Exercise As Medicine Symposium” held November 25.

 “All of us had to pick a special population and figure out how exercise can improve that population,” said Matthew Westmoreland. “I chose to research how tennis can help children with Down syndrome, and weakness of the joints, ligaments, tendons, that is related to the disease.”

Presentations showed how exercise can be effectively and safely applied to populations such as children, the elderly, and those who are pregnant.

“A lot of research went into this project, such as looking up articles and statistics on childhood obesity, what affects it, and how it is determined,” said Nate Munoz. “This type of research can help the general population because it educates parents on how to keep their children healthy through exercise.”

During the symposium, attendees were invited to visit with the students and ask questions. The class is taught by Exercise Physiologist Dr. Don Melrose, Associate Professor of Kinesiology at A&M University-Corpus Christi.