Simon Schaerz, PhD

Academic Centre
I am an Instructor in the Centre for Business, Arts and Science at Lethbridge College. I am also the Head Coach of the Lethbridge College Kodiaks Cross-Country Running and Indoor Track Team.
Exercise Science

Professional Experience

Teaching Experience

BIO-1169: Structural Human Anatomy
BIO-1180: Human Physiology
BIO-1160: Human Anatomy and Physiology I
BIO-1161: Human Anatomy and Physiology II
BIO-1152: Physiology of Aging
EXS-2252: Research Methods in Kinesiology
EXS-2262: Exercise Physiology
EXS-2271: Advanced Conditioning

Industry Work

2012-2014: Triathlon Coach, MNP Community & Sport Centre

2014-present: Head Coach, Kodiaks Cross-Country Running and Indoor Track


I currently research the effects of exercise on brain health and function as well as the application of extended reality platforms in physical education and sport settings.


Academic Credentials

PhD Bioecological Perspectives on Childhood Physical Activity, University of Lethbridge (2021)
BEd Secondary Sciences, University of Calgary, (2014)
MSc Cerebral Hemodynamics and Exhaustive Exercise, University of Regina (2013)
BSc Kinesiology, University of Lethbridge (2010)


Schaerz, S., & Balderson, D. (2022). The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on childhood physical activity: Insight into Canadian children’s experiences. PHEnex Journal, 12(3), 1-25.

Schaerz, S., & Balderson, D. (2020). Understanding the physical literacy journey: A qualitative bioecological investigation of three physically active boys’ perceptions and experiences. PHEnex Journal, 11(1), 1-19.

Schaerz, S. (2018). Nurturing physical literacy in children. Physical & Health Education Journal, 84(1), 1-6.

Billaut, F., Bishop, D. J., Schaerz, S., & Noakes, T. D. (2011). Influence of knowledge of sprint number on pacing during repeated-sprint exercise. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 43(4), 665-672.

Conference Presentations

Schaerz, S., Mohamed, A., & Boyes, M. (2022). Employing immersive technologies to develop fitness-related outcomes in children and youth: A scoping review. 2022 American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting & World Congresses, San Diego, CA.

Schaerz, S. (2020). Covid-19 and childhood physical activity engagement. Alberta Recreation and Parks Conference and Energize Workshop, Jasper, AB. Schaerz, S., & Balderson, D. (2019). Childhood physical activity engagement: A proposed bio-ecological framework. Physical and Health Education - Research Council Forum, Montreal, QC.

Schaerz, S. (2019). Experiences of physically literate children: A qualitative bio-ecological analysis. Lethbridge College Applied Research Conference, Lethbridge, AB.

Schaerz, S., Dahlstrom, B., Butz, M., & Neary, J. (2012). Middle cerebral artery velocity and integrated electromyography during 40 kilometer time-trial cycling in hyperthermia. 6th Annual Exercise Physiologists of Western Canada (EPOWC) Conference, Lethbridge, AB.

Schaerz, S., Len, T., & Neary, J. (2011). Cerebral hemodynamics during time-to-exhaustion cycling in hyperthermia. Annual University of Regina Graduate Students’ Association Conference, Lethbridge, AB. Billaut, F., Bishop, D.,

Schaerz, S., & Noakes, T. (2010). Influence of knowledge of sprint number on pacing during repeated-sprint exercise. 4th Annual Exercise Physiologists of Western Canada Conference, Regina, SK.