Exercise and Sport Studies Minor (17 Credit Hours)
The exercise and sports studies minor is designed to assist students in developing necessary knowledge, skills and abilities in the ever-growing field of health and fitness, as well as the burgeoning field of sport and competitive athletics. For students hoping to extend a career in the allied health professions to sports and athletics, this program provides the fundamental dynamics of how sport impacts individuals and society, through both a biomedical approach and a critical examination of the psychological and sociological dimensions of sport and physical activity.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
This two-credit course will introduce the student to the integrated science of nutrition
and exercise physiology. The course will explore macro- and micronutrient needs as
related to energy demands, cellular function, and growth, maintenance, and repair.
Students will explore how optimal nutrition is essential for optimal performance.
The course will focus on scientifically sound, evidence-based practice and examine
sources of unsound sport nutrition recommendations. Assignments will allow students
to gain a greater understanding of the energy requirements of exercise as well as
the barriers to increased physical activity. This course consists of two lecture hours.