ESS Courses

Exercise and Sports Studies

ESS 101 Introduction to Exercise and Sport Studies (3 credits)
Introduction to Exercise and Sport Studies introduces student to the many sub-disciplines of exercise and sport studies. An interdisciplinary approach will be used to explore the physiology of exercise & physical activity and metabolism, as well as the biomedical, psychological, and sociological dimensions of physical activity, sport and health. Students will study a range of topics including links between physical activity and cardiovascular health, ties between physical activity and mental health, optimum nutrition and metabolism, prevalence and psychology of sports injury, physical fitness testing and assessment, use of anabolic steroids and performance enhancing drugs, and sociological dimensions of sport and exercise, including issues such as gender & sport, ethical & moral topics in exercise science, and cultural influences pertaining physical activity and epidemiology.
ESS 201 Principles of First Aid, Safety and Athletic Injury (3 credits)
This course is primarily designed to familiarize students with understanding procedures regarding the immediate and temporary care of athletic and sports related injuries occurring within exercise settings. Safety concerns regarding exercise facilities and equipment, risk management and development of an emergency action plan are also emphasized. Furthermore, recognition and care of both major and minor injuries and illness will occur. The present course will also stress issues pertaining to professional certification, medical liability, and other legal issues regarding the Health, Fitness and competitive sports industries. Upon completion of this course, students will also gain certification in Community First Aid, CPR and AED use through the American Red Cross.
ESS 270 Exercise & Sport Studies Practicum (3 credits)
The Exercise & Sport Studies Practicum gives students the opportunity to gain practical experience in the health and fitness industry and to explore the career options available in the growing field of exercise and sports studies. Students will research the various career pathways open in the exercise and sports field through both secondary sources and documented first-hand observation at various internship sites in educational settings, community-based athletic programs, fitness centers, sports medicine clinics, newspapers, athletic teams, or corporate settings. The student will work under the direction of a professional in the field. Periodic meetings with instructor and class time will allow the student to discuss his or her experiences and to share in the experiences of others placed in alternative settings.
ESS 301 Fitness Evaluation and Exercise Prescription (3 credits)
This course is designed to familiarize students with the hands-on training and theoretical background needed to competently assess levels of physical fitness and wellness in the low-risk, "apparently healthy" adult population. The topics and skills addressed will include health screening protocols, use of physical activity readiness documents, and measurement protocols for health-related components of physical fitness (i.e. cardiorespiratory fitness, muscular fitness, flexibility, and body composition). These skills will then be utilized to prescribe lifestyle and/or exercise modifications that result in progress toward desired physical fitness goals. In addition, course content will focus on physical fitness testing and prescription specific to the athletic population, manifested in improving muscular strength, aerobic capacity, and explosive power. Course content is highly focused toward the knowledge and skills required for ACSM Health Fitness Instructor (HFI) and NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) certification exams.
ESS 306 Exercise Physiology
Physiology of Exercise will provide student with an intimate understanding of systemic physiology within the physically active individual. Specifically, students will gain a thorough understanding of various body systems and the alterations they undergo during times of exercise and/or stress. Both acute responses and chronic adaptations that occur within the various elemental body systems will be stressed. Additional topics pertaining to Exercise Physiology, including, but not limited to, performance-enhancing drug use, environmental physiology, and nutrition and metabolism will also be covered.
SOC 312 The Sociology of Sport and Physical Activity (3 credits)
The Sociology of Sport and Physical Activity explores the social and cultural aspects of sport and physical activity. Students will study a range of topics including drug use in sport, equality of opportunity for women and people of color, social patterns and cultural perceptions of sports injury, exercise and preventive health, homophobia, gender and racial discrimination in sport, educational impacts of athletic participation, athletic participation and adolescent health, and violence in sport. Sociological, anthropological, and historical perspectives will be used in this course. This course is organized in lecture/discussion format and students will also be required to develop a library research project that reflects their scholarly and professional interests.
ESS 410 Special Topics (3 credits)
Special Topics in Exercise & Sports Studies will address current and emerging topics and trends transcending our society. Course content will evolve with the ever-changing dimensions of physical activity, health, and athletics. Topics included within this course will have the opportunity of changing in order to best address current and pertinent issues in ESS.
ESS 470 Exercise & Sport Studies Internship (3 credits)
The Exercise & Sport Studies Internship gives students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the field of sports and fitness. Through agreement among the instructor, student, and community internship site supervisor, the student will volunteer for approximately 15 hours per week (i.e., a total of 225 hours for the semester) at a designated internship site. Depending on student interests, internship sites may be located in educational settings, community-based athletic programs, fitness centers, sports medicine clinics, newspapers, professional/collegiate/amateur athletic teams and organizations, or corporate settings. The student will work under the direction of a professional in the field. Periodic meetings will allow the student to discuss his or her experiences and to share in the experiences of others placed in alternative settings.
ESS 490 Seminar in Exercise and Sports Studies (0 credits)
This course provides students with extensive faculty guidance,advisement, and feedback throughout a research project or community-based internship experience.
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