Pharmacy, Natural & Health Sciences

Exercise Science & Athletic Training - Exercise Science and Fitness


Two Tracks of Study

At Manchester University, versatility is the watchword of the Exercise Science and Fitness major. The program offers two tracks of study in health science disciplines.

The Exercise Science major prepares students for graduate study in one of the exercise sciences -- physical therapy, occupational therapy, exercise physiology, biomechanics, nutrition and cardiac rehabilitation.

The Fitness and Recreation major is designed for the study of the practical applications of fitness. This includes health, wellness and sports-related disciplines such as personal training, strength and conditioning and fitness instruction.


Exercise Science Concentration Learning Objectives

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

  • Demonstrate knowledge of:
    • Normal structural anatomy 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 and training for this major, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of:
    • Normal structural anatomy 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

ERP

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


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