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Exercise Science and Fitness Major

 

The Exercise Science and Fitness major offers two tracks of study. The Fitness and Recreation Concentration is designed for study of the practical applications of fitness (e.g. personal training, strength and conditioning, fitness instruction). The Exercise Science major prepares students for graduate study in one of the exercise sciences (e.g. exercise physiology, biomechanics, nutrition, physical therapy, cardiac rehabilitation).

Exercise Science Concentration Learning Objectives

Upon completing the requirements for this major, students should be able to:

Demonstrate knowledge of:

  • Normal structure and function of the human body
  • Typical acute and chronic adaptations of the body to exercise
  • Nutritional concepts as they effect the exercising human
  • Administrative principles associated with health and fitness organizations, including facility design, human resources, budgeting, and risk management
  • Fundamental concepts of inorganic chemistry
  • Accepted research procedures in human performance
  • Statistical concepts as applied to human performance

Demonstrate skill in:

  • Accurate measurement of various physiological parameters (e.g. oxygen consumption, body composition, blood pressure)
  • Accurately and critically interpreting relevant research in human performance

Fitness and Recreation Concentration Learning Objectives

Upon completing the requirements for this major, students should be able to:

Demonstrate knowledge of:

  • Normal structure and function of the human body
  • Typical acute and chronic adaptations of the body to exercise
  • Nutritional concepts as they effect the exercising human
  • Administrative principles associated with health and fitness organizations, including facility design, human resources, budgeting, and risk management
  • Principles of biomechanics as applied to the human body
  • Appropriate exercise prescription based on client objectives, physical condition, and available resources
  • Appropriate techniques for teaching of exercises designed to enhance fitness

Demonstrate skill in:

  • Accurate measurement of various physiological parameters (e.g. flexibility, heart rate,  body composition, blood pressure)
  • Performing accurate biomechanical analysis of human movement
  • Prescribing appropriate exercise based on client objectives, physical condition, and available resources, including progression or regression of intensity, frequency, duration, and mode of exercise
  • Teaching appropriate exercise techniques to clients

 







“The National Strength and Conditioning Association officially recognizes Manchester University’s Strength and Conditioning Program for successfully meeting established criteria.”

 

 


 
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