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Exercise and Sports Studies

Course Number Course Name Credits
ESS 101

Introduction to Exercise and SportsStudies

This course introduces students to the many sub-disciplines of exercise and sports science. An interdisciplinary approach will be used to explore the various biological and psychosocial dimensions of physical activity, sport and health. Students will study a range of topics including links between physical activity and disease risk, aswell as the influence of exercise and conditioning on athletic performance, disease prevention, and physical fitness.

Prequisites: None

3
ESS 201

Prin of First Aid in Athletic Injuries

This course is designed to familiarize students with the basic knowledge regarding the immediate and temporary care of athletic- and sports-related injury and illness. Safety concerns regarding exercise facilities and equipment, risk management and development of an emergency action plan will also be emphasized, as well as, recognition and care for both major and minor injuries and illnesses. 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.

Prequisites: ESS-101

3
ESS 206

Coaching Theory & Methodology

This course is designed to analyze the fundamental theories and practices of coaching sports and/or athletics, and to familiarize students with the inherent differences of coaching theory at various levels of competitive and recreational athletics. It includes a study of the psychological and sociological aspects of coaching, the use and implementation of coaching strategies, the organization of practices and games, communication with athletes, fans, schools,parents and the media, as well as the ethics of coaching.

Prequisites: None

3
ESS 220

Human Biomechanics

This course is designed to apply principles of human anatomy that will develop into an understanding of human movement as it corresponds to athletic performance and injury prevention. Forces that act on various joints at rest and during physical activity will be discussed, with principles underlying human movement,muscle physiology and muscular contraction being emphasized.

Prequisites: ESS-101

3
ESS 232

Sport & Exercise Psychology

This course is designed to explore the relationship between sport, fitness, and various inherent behaviors unique to the sport and fitness industries. The application of psychological theory, research, and practice to sport and fitness settings can contribute immensely to an individual's athletic performance and level of participation. This course seeks to provide a solid scientific foundation to further study the practice of sport and exercise psychology. Furthermore, possessing an understanding of the psychological/mental factors that affect athletic performance in sport,physical activity and exercise is an important skill to possess for the individual practitioners in the exercise and sports studies field.

Prequisites: ESS-101

3
ESS 270

Exercise and Sports Studies Practicum

This course gives students the opportunity to gain practical experience in the health and fitness industry and to explore the career options available in the 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 within various educational settings, community-based athletic programs, fitness centers, sports medicine clinics, athletic teams or corporate settings.

Prequisites: ESS-101

3
ESS 301

Fitness Eval & Exercise Prescription

This course is designed to familiarize students with the theoretical background and practical applications needed to competently assess levels of physical fitness,and develop exercise programs. 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.

Prequisites: ESS-201

3
ESS 306

Exercise Physiology

This course serves to develop in students an intimate understanding of systemic and metabolic physiology within the physically active individual. Students will gain a thorough understanding of various body systems and the acute responses and chronic adaptations that occur as a result of exercise stress. Overall, students will develop a basic knowledge and understanding of the functional limitations of the human organism during exercise as it relates to the many sub-disciplines of exercise physiology, including respiratory physiology, skeletal muscle physiology, cardiovascular physiology, neuromuscular physiology and exercise endocrinology.

Prequisites: ESS-101

3
ESS 307

Sports & Fitness Management

Sports and fitness management serves as an examination of the principles, topics and theory pertaining to the administration and management of sports and fitness organizations. This will include, but not be limited to, the objectives, structures, philosophy, history and legal aspects of sports and fitness organizations. Current issues and trends pertaining to management of sports organizations and/or fitness facilities are analyzed.

Prequisites: ESS-101

3
ESS 351

International Business of Sport

This course is designed to explore the relationship between sport, the health and fitness industry, and management across the globe. Basic concepts and theories of the legal, political, economic, and cultural aspects of international business will be reviewed. A review of management exercises, cultural differences, marketing techniques and related applications and techniques as they relate to the international sports industry will be conducted. Topics such as cross-cultural communication and negotiations, and leading a diverse global workforce in international sport and business will also be investigated.

Prequisites: ESS-101

3
ESS 361

Economics of Sports & Fitness

This course is designed to provide students with an analysis of economic principles, as they pertain to the sports and fitness industries. It will cover all aspects of the economics of sport, fitness and recreation, as well as give prominence to the staggering rise of the commercial sports sector. A sound understanding of the economics of the sports and fitness industries, the sporting goods industry, the economics of sports sponsorship, the economics of major sports events,the economics of professional team sports, and the economic relationship between sport and broadcasting, will provide students with insight into the business and managerial aspects of the sports and fitness industries.

Prequisites: None

3
ESS 389

Special Topics

This course will highlight current and emerging trends relative to the exercise and sports studies field. At the time of offering, a subtitle will indicate the specific content of the course.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prequisites: None

3
ESS 390

Special Topics

This course will highlight current and emerging trends relative to the exercise and sports studies field. At the time of offering, a subtitle will indicate the specific content of the course.
Offered in: Spring Only
Prequisites: None

3
ESS 410

Strength & Conditioning Seminar

This course will address current and emerging topics within the Exercise & Sports Studies academic discipline.Course content will evolve with the ever-changing dimensions of physical activity, health and athletics. Topics included in this course will change in order to best address current and pertinent issues in ESS

Prequisites: None

3
ESS 470

Exercise and Sports Studies: Internship

This course provides students with the opportunity to gain hands-on experience within an exercise and sports studies facility. By agreement of the instructor, student and community internship site supervisor, the student will volunteer for a total of 200 hours at a designated internship site.

Prequisites: ESS-101

3
ESS 490

Exercise and Sports Studies Seminar

This course provides the student with extensive faculty and peer guidance and feedback throughout a research or community-based internship experience.

Prequisites: ESS-101

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