Kinesiology - An Introduction to Exercise Science (Grade 12 PSK4U)

The Textbook That Sparked a Movement

Ontario's first curriculum-based resource for H&PE.
Revised and updated for PSK4U.


Kinesiology meets the expectations of the revised
H&PE curriculum in Ontario.

It's a perfect fit for your new PSK4U course.

“I didn’t have to use Google because it was all in the textbook…This course helped me understand the body itself, how it functions and how exercise affects it. I would definitely recommend this class to my friends and it’s been a really positive experience.”

~Sokaina, Grade 12 Kinesiology student

A New Introductory Chapter

Excite students as you gauge their prior knowledge.

It touches on the big topics:

  • Physical inactivity and obesity worldwide
  • Physical Health / Mental Wellness
  • Physical literacy movement
  • The “Long-Term Athlete Development” Model
  • The Role of Schools and Communities
  • What is Kinesiology: The “Me” to “We”

Chapter Features

Enhance Learning

Chapter Learning Goals
Each chapter is introduced along with the key learning goals. This way, Teachers are able to tap into students’ prior knowledge of the material, and plan their lessons accordingly. Chapter introductions also give students insight into the curriculum expectations for their course.

Key Terms
Chapters open with a list of Key Terms that activate students’ prior knowledge at a glance. The Key Terms allow Teachers to gauge their students’ understanding and learning needs as they kick off a new chapter. These terms are also highlighted throughout the chapter for guided study.

Dynamic Imagery
The imagery within Kinesiology features Canadian content that brings the course to life. Students discover prominent events and figures through rich photography that adds colour and context to the chapters and units of study. The text also features original photographs of schools across Canada taken by TEP. Anatomically correct illustrations help convey complex biological concepts.

End of Chapter Review
Chapters wrap up with review activities that support diverse learners and cover the achievement chart categories. Thinking and Inquiry assignments come at the end of the Chapter Review, after students have tested and applied their knowledge of the material in various ways.

High Resolution Images and Graphics

Conveying complex ideas, visually.

Bart Vallecoccia completed the custom hand drawn illustrations
for Kinesiology. Bart specializes in biomedical and animal
illustration for textbook and editorial use. Great care was taken
to ensure that illustrations were not only anatomically correct, but
that they effectively communicate the idea.

Diagrams are high-resolution original sketches capturing the
precision of human anatomy in all of its wonder. There's no
need to double check the accuracy of these visual aids.
Kinesiology features anatomical illustrations that are as
exact as they are fascinating.

Exciting New Features

Going beyond the curriculum to engage students.

The new Kinesiology goes beyond the curriculum, for a well-rounded
understanding of the relevant concepts and issues. 45 special
interest features will excite your students and stretch their
imaginations. Features include:

  • Lifestyle Diseases
  • Gray’s Anatomy, 1858
  • What Makes Usain Bolt Run
  • Long-Term Athlete Development
  • Yoga and Pilates

“I had a parent thank me for teaching their child about being healthy and active. The student actually went home and shared what she learned with her parents. To have that parent say
‘I myself am living better,’ was a key moment in my career.
In this course more than others, they bring it home and it can change lives. As a teacher, it’s what you dream and hope for.”

~ Petja Taivassalo, Head of Health and Physical Education

Bio-Scientific and Socio-Cultural Themes

The new Kinesiology Textbook is a tighter integration of the bio-scientific and socio-cultural themes. It goes beyond the curriculum with “45 special interest features,” and incorporation of the Long Term Athlete Development program (LTAD). Though the textbook captures the Canadian experience, it includes international pieces for today’s connected citizens of the world.

Unlike most courses, Kinesiology offers immediate personal applications that can transform student’s attitudes towards their own health, fitness and wellness. This is PSK4U for the whole student, and tomorrow’s role models for health and physical literacy. Whether a student goes on to pursue a career in the field, or discovers healthy habits for life, Kinesiology is a springboard for academic and personal achievement.

Modular Design

Adapts to the unique needs of your class.

The modular design of the new Textbook supports a differentiated,
student-centred approach. Adaptive to all teaching and learning
modalities, Kinesiology is truly a textbook for the 21st century. We
understand that each class is unique. Kinesiology can be adapted to
your specific delivery needs to help more students succeed.

PSK4U tightly integrates bio-scientific and socio-cultural themes, and
units are composed to allow teachers to toggle between these
areas, co-constructing the course with the class to engage students
and help them excel in the course. Kinesiology was designed to
support the teacher-student relationship, which is critical to
student success.

Long-Term Athlete Development

Bringing physical literacy to all Canadians.

The goal of LTAD is to increase physical literacy so that more
Canadians can lead healthy active lives. The new Kinesiology
incorporates all of the research that went into the development
of this program, and it was endorsed by Canadian Sport for Life,
the organization responsible for the development of this program.
LTAD is explained in detail in chapter one, along with the impact
it has on Canada in terms of our health care, inactivity and
athletic development.

About the Authors

Ted Temertzoglou
Health and Physical Education Consultant, Toronto

Ted Temertzoglou is a graduate of the University of Toronto and Brock University and a recognized leader in the physical literacy movement. He is the author of many works in this area and has been welcomed as a keynote speaker across Canada and abroad.

James Mandigo
Professor, Faculty of Applied Health Sciences, Brock University

James Mandigo's research focusses on youth and the development of life skills through physical education and sport. He is a past president of Ophea and has earned numerous awards, including an Award for Distinguished Teaching and an Award for Teaching Excellence.

Lori Livingston
Dean and Professor, Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences, Lakehead University

Lori Livingston has had a distinguished teaching, research, and administrative career. Her research program spans a number of areas of interest, including the prevention of catastrophic injuries in sport and recreational activities.

Paul Challen
Sports Writer and Author, Dundas, Ontario

Paul Challen is a graduate of Dartmouth College in the U.S. and Queen's University. He is the author of many popular books. In 1985, he was a member of Canada's national junior cross-country running team at the IAAF World Championships in Portugal.

Brian Roy
Professor, Department of Kinesiology, Brock University

Brian Roy served as the Director for the Centre for Bone and Muscle Health, and is the Chair of the Brock University Bioscience Research Ethics Board. His areas of research include muscle metabolism during physical activity and the effects of dietary supplementation.

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