Department of Health Sciences and Kinesiology
Waters College of Health Professions


Faculty Publish Research

TimMarie Williams

Three faculty members from Georgia Southern University will have their manuscript, “The Epidemiology of Pedestrian Fatalities and Substance Use in Georgia, United States, 2007-2016” published in the journal Accident Analysis and Prevention. The research of McKinley Thomas, E.D., and TimMarie Williams, Ph.D., from the Department of Health Sciences and Kinesiology, along with Jeffery Jones, Ph.D., from the Department of Health Policy and Community Health, explores the epidemiology of pedestrian fatalities over a 10-year period with an emphasis on reported substance use among cases.

Department of Health Sciences and Kinesiology Partners with Tormenta FC

Since January, Georgia Southern University’s Department of Health Sciences and Kinesiology has been partnering with Tormenta FC to conduct research on player performance.

Tormenta FC is a professional soccer club based in Statesboro, Georgia, that competes in both the USL League One and League Two.

Assistant Professor Greg Ryan, Ph.D., and Visiting Instructor Michelle Eisenman, along with exercise science graduate student Drew DeJohn, monitored player training load daily via GPS and HR tracking. “We worked with the Tormenta FC coaching staff to monitor signs of fatigue during the course of the season in an effort to avoid overuse injuries and maximize player performance,” stated Ryan.

Real-time data was also provided to the coaching staff during games. “The information provided to the coaching staff during the games was used, in part, to make tactical changes during the game or leading up to the next game.”

Additionally, players were provided the opportunity to do body composition testing, a test to determine how much of a person’s body is and isn’t fat. Once the testing was complete, the data was used to educate the players on how they are performing in relation to their competitive peers.

Georgia Southern Recognized as 2019 Project Play Champion

Out of 20 organizations, Georgia Southern University is the only university selected as a 2019 Project Play Champion by Aspen Institute Sports and Society Program. Launched in 2013, Project Play focuses on developing, applying and sharing knowledge that helps build healthy communities through sports. Project Play Champions are part of a cohort of organizations that are striving to make new, meaningful commitments in alignment with Project Play.

Associate Professor Charles “Hal” Wilson, Ph.D., and Professor Drew Zwald, Ph.D., faculty members in the Department of Health Sciences and Kinesiology, attended the Project Play Summit in Detroit, Michigan, this past September as representatives for Georgia Southern University. While in attendance, Zwald and Wilson led a roundtable discussion on helping parents navigate the sometime overwhelming youth sports world.

“Attendees discussed how to make resources more available to parents who wish to be involved and also how to encourage more parents to get involved in youth sports,” stated Wilson. “We also discussed the many obstacles that parents may face including conflicts with their work schedules, lack of childcare for other young children, lack of reliable transportation and other financial restraints. The bottom line is that we want to help create opportunities for any parent who wants to get involved in his or her child’s sporting life.”

Bridget Melton, Ed.D, professor in the Department of Health Sciences and Kinesiology, completed the application that led Georgia Southern to be recognized.

Spearheaded by Melton, Georgia Southern will be launching several coaching clinic outreach efforts this academic year that aim to provide a low-barrier introduction to coaching for new coaches and parents, as well as sport-specific techniques and training to build coaching capacity in rural, underserved areas.

Register Today for the NSCA Georgia State Clinic

Two Graduate Programs Receive National Ranking

Georgia Southern University has received nationally ranking for two Master of Science (M.S.) programs within the Waters College of Health Professions.

The M.S. in Sport Management was ranked No. 14 on Sport Management Degree Guide’s list of “25 Best Online Master’s in Sports Management Degree Programs” and the M.S. in Kinesiology with an emphasis in sport and exercise psychology was ranked No. 20 on Online Psychology Degrees’ list “Online Psychology Degrees Top Graduate Degree Programs.”

Both rankings considered student to faculty ratio, tuition, and program accreditation.

The 36-credit hour programs are designed to provide students with a comprehensive and rigorous curriculum and practical experience in the skills and techniques necessary to be successful in their fields. Learn more about the graduate programs offered in the Department of Health Sciences and Kinesiology by visiting

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