Exercise and Sport Science

What is exercise and sport science?

Exercise and sport science focuses on the study of human movement from developmental, mechanical, motor control, psychosocial, psychological, and physiological perspectives. Students study the human body and how it functions in a variety of settings. They research nutrition and exercise, physical conditioning and performance, sport performance (including developing talent and mental performance), as well as injury prevention and recovery. The program is appropriate for students who plan to attend graduate school, work in the fitness and exercise industry, or any other field where human movement and exercise prescription is the focus.

Why should I consider an exercise and sport science concentration?

Students considering any aspect of health involving exercise, nutrition, and/or sport should find the concentration of Exercise and Sport Science interesting and rewarding.  This concentration can serve as a pathway for careers in exercise and sport that requires a baccalaureate degree.  It also is an undergraduate gateway for many pre-professionals occupations including physical or occupational therapist, athletic trainer, physician's assistant, and other types of health professions.  This concentration is also applicable for post-baccalaureate studies in areas such as human growth, aging, biomechanics, exercise physiology, health promotion, motor control, or sport psychology. Supporting courses from biology, chemistry, computer science, psychology, health education, and physics may also be included to provide a more in-depth analysis of principles associated with human structure and function.

What interests and values are related to exercise and sport science?

People who typically find a concentration in exercise and sports science usually enjoy exercising, athletics, nutrition, and taking care of their body. They are usually interested in health, biology, and science in general.

 What career fields are related to exercise and sport science?

  • Athletic Training
  • Exercise Science and Kinesiology
  • Pre-Occupational Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy Assisting
  • Coaching and Athletic Director
  • Pre-Physical therapy
  • Physical Therapy Assisting
  • Public Health
  • Rehabilitation/Therapeutic Professions
  • Sport & Fitness Administration/Management
  • Sport Psychology

How can I learn more about exercise and sport science?

http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/home.htm