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. I research the effects of physical activity and exercise on various developmental outcomes.
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, Repsol Centre
2014-present: Head Coach, Kodiaks Cross-Country Running and Indoor Track


The effects of physical activity and exercise on various developmental outcomes.


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., Fowler, L., MacCormack, J., Marynowski, R., & Bradford, B. (2021). Childhood physical activity engagement: A qualitative bioecological investigation of children and their parents’ perceptions and experiences [Dissertation, University of Lethbridge]. Lethbridge, AB.

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.

Dahlstrom, B. K., Duff, W. R. D., Poloskei, S., Schaerz, S., Len, T. K., & Neary, J. P. (2013). Neuromuscular changes following simulated high-intensity cycling performance in moderate hypoxia. Journal of Exercise Science & Fitness, 11(2), 78-84.

Schaerz, S., Neary, P., Bruno, P., Candow, D., & Butcher, S. (2013). The effect of hyperthermia on cerebral hemodynamics, biological fatigue and cardiovascular strain during 40km time- trial cycling in trained triathletes [Thesis, University of Regina]. Regina, SK.

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. 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