Exercise and Sport Sciences

Exercise and Sport Sciences Courses

Courses may be offered in alternate semesters. Additional courses will be offered during the summer (see the summer sessions catalog). Other courses are offered only on demand.
Summer Sessions Catalog

Key to Symbols
F = fall, S = spring, SU = summer, E = even years (e.g., academic year 2010-11), O = odd years (e.g., academic year 2011-12), Y = yearly, IRR = offered at irregular intervals, F-S = offered in both fall and spring semesters

ESSG 51200 Psychological Perspectives of Sport
Focuses on personal factors and theoretical perspectives important to the understanding and subsequent improvement of sport performance. Topics include anxiety, arousal, attention, team building, motivation, leadership, communication, and peak performance training. 3 credits. (F, Y)

ESSG 51300 Psychological Applications to Sport Performance
Emphasizes a variety of psychological concepts related to the enhancement of sport performance. The course is conducted as a seminar emphasizing participant interaction. Small group and cooperative learning formats are used in developing performance workshops and a mental training program for application when working with and consulting student-athletes. 3 credits. (S, Y)

ESSG 51400 Counseling Student-Athletes
Introduces the student to the many areas of study within the sport consulting and counseling fields. Concepts of an applied nature focus on skills currently used in counseling student-athletes. The basics for applying appropriate counseling strategies to various student-athlete populations are developed through lecture, role playing, and modeling formats. 3 credits. (F, Y)

ESSG 51500 Effective Team Building
Focuses on an understanding of people and the interpersonal communication and leadership skills necessary for effective and cohesive team development. Stages of group development, barriers to change, and conflict resolution are discussed. 1 credit. (SU)

ESSG 51600 Motivation for Superior Performance
Focuses on an understanding of motivation and its importance to performance. Various motivational approaches are discussed, with emphasis on influencing others toward goal adherence and attainment. 2 credits. (SU)

ESSG 51800 Exercise and Rehabilitation Psychology
Focuses on personal factors and theoretical perspectives important to understanding exercise behavior. Topics include the mental health aspects of exercise, the biopsychology of stress and disease, the factors that influence exercise participation and adherence, theories of behavior change, interventions to change physical activity behavior, and the psychological factors related to perceived exertion. Students may not get credit for both ESSG 51800 and EXSS 46500. Graduate students have additional workload and responsibilities. 3 credits. (F, Y)

ESSG 52000 Advanced Biomechanics of Human Movement
An in-depth exploration of the biomechanics of human motion focusing on the concepts and skills needed to perform and interpret biomechanical analyses of a variety of human movements. Topics include anthropometry, kinematics, kinetics and mechanical work, energy, and power. Selected human movement skills from sport, clinical, and occupational settings are examined in lecture and during hands-on laboratory experiences. Students may not get credit for both ESSG 52000 and EXSS 42000. Graduate students have additional workload and responsibilities. Prerequisite: Undergraduate physics or biomechanics. 3 credits. (S, Y)

ESSG 52100 Advanced Study in Exercise Physiology
The physiological mechanisms that regulate the body’s responses and adaptations to exercise. Special physiological considerations of gender, development and aging, obesity, pregnancy, and environmental stress (e.g., altitude, pollution, extreme temperature) are emphasized. Popular pharmaceutical and dietary manipulations used to enhance exercise performance are discussed. Experimental research in exercise physiology is introduced, and limited laboratory experiences are scheduled during class time. Students may not get credit for both ESSG 52100 and EXSS 42100. Graduate students have additional workload and responsibilities. Prerequisite: One course in exercise physiology. 3 credits. (F, Y)

ESSG 54000 Physiological Mechanisms of Exercise: Cellular Aspects
Focuses on metabolic and muscular aspects of exercise, primarily addressing cellular mechanisms that explain physiological responses and adaptations occurring with exercise. Discussion of related endocrinological issues and performance enhancing agents augments presentation of basic cellular material. Data collection using key pieces of laboratory equipment is selectively integrated. Prerequisite: Undergraduate exercise physiology course. 3 credits. (F, Y)

ESSG 54200 Physiological Mechanisms of Exercise: Systemic Aspects
Focuses on cardiovascular, pulmonary, thermoregulatory, immunological, and renal aspects of exercise, primarily addressing the physiological responses and adaptations these systems undergo with exercise. Data collection using key pieces of laboratory equipment is integrated into the course. Prerequisite: Undergraduate exercise physiology course. 3 credits. (S, Y)

ESSG 54400 Multidimensional Assessment of Physical Function
Team-taught survey of the physical functions that affect performance, physical abilities, and activities of daily living (ADL) in various populations. Musculoskeletal function, coordination and motor skills behavior, and body composition are examined as they influence performance decrements, physical dysfunction, pain, and the ability to perform ADL. Also examined are evaluations of physical function and alternative approaches to movement training so as to enable appropriate recommendation or referral. Prerequisite: Undergraduate exercise physiology and biomechanics or kinesiology. 3 credits. (F, Y)

ESSG 54500 Instrumentation in Biomechanics
An introduction to the tools and techniques used in biomechanical analyses of human movement. Emphasis is placed on video analysis, including video equipment, videographic principles, qualitative analysis, and 2-D and 3-D quantitative analysis. Hands-on experiences with different types of video equipment and analysis systems are provided. Students complete human movement analysis projects using different video systems. Familiarity with other biomechanics instrumentation such as force plates will be provided based on student interest. Prerequisite: Advanced undergraduate biomechanics, graduate biomechanics, or permission of instructor. 3 credits. (IRR)

ESSG 54600 Cardiopulmonary Assessment for Exercise
Techniques for assessment of cardiovascular and pulmonary disease as well as functional capacity in these conditions. Emphasis is placed on electrocardiography and maximal graded exercise testing. Other diagnostic techniques (e.g., echocardiography, nuclear imaging) are also presented. Information about the ongoing discussion concerning the impact of assessment information and medications on appropriate exercise prescriptions is presented. Material will help in meeting requirements for certification by outside agencies (e.g., ACSM). Credit may not be received for both this course and EXSS 46400. Graduate students have additional workload and responsibilities. 3 credits. (F, Y)

ESSG 54800 Pathophysiology, Limited Capacity, and Exercise
Study of the pathophysiology of disease and disabling states, the assessment of exercise potential, and the special considerations for the prescription of exercise in these cases. Cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation, and diabetic and special considerations for aging are discussed. Renal disease, osteoporosis, arthritis, brain disorders (e.g., Parkinson’s), low back pain, chronic fatigue, multiple sclerosis, and depression are also addressed. Material will help in meeting requirements for certification by outside agencies (e.g., ACSM). Credit may not be received for both this course and EXSS 44800. Graduate students have additional workload and responsibilities. (S, Y)

ESSG 61000 Survey of Statistical Methods
Survey of modern statistical techniques. Descriptive statistics: use of scales, measures of central tendency and dispersion, organization of data, and correlations. Inferential statistics: parametric and nonparametric methods. Required. 3 credits. (S, Y)

ESSG 61100 Research Methods
Introduction to the research process. Consideration and analysis of each type of research (e.g., philosophical-historical, descriptive, and experimental). Development of library and writing skills, use of research tools for data collection and analysis, and interpretation of data. Required. 3 credits. (F, Y)

ESSG 61200 Leadership in Exercise and Sport
Examines the importance of developing effective individual, team, and corporate sport leadership. Emphasis is placed on assessing and enhancing leadership qualities, developing strategies for building influential and effective leadership personnel, mentoring (identifying, nurturing, and equipping) leaders, and understanding situational, transformational, charismatic, and servant leadership. Material is presented via small group, seminar, lecture, and student-taught workshop and student-based (cooperative learning) discussion formats. 3 credits. (SU, Y)

ESSG 61400 Professional Practice Issues in Sport Psychology
Examines various issues pertinent to professional practice in sport psychology. Topics include clarification of a sport psychology consultant’s role, ethical guidelines, supervision, AAASP certification, working with diverse populations and youth athletes, and the use of psychological tests and inventories. Developing a consulting business and marketing as a sport psychology consultant are also covered. Students have the opportunity to develop their own consulting philosophy, a professional portfolio, and a résumé/vita. 3 credits. (S, Y)

ESSG 61600 Applied Counseling in Sport Psychology
Provides students the opportunity to develop their own personal counseling style. Students learn to combine various mental training and counseling techniques. Students are given the opportunity to practice through various role plays and class discussions of case studies. Several methods of counseling and consulting are introduced that can be used with athletes. Prerequisite: ESSG-51300.  3 credits.  (S, Y)

ESSG 62000 Thesis I
Open only to qualified and preapproved students who are preparing a proposal for an original scholarly thesis. Conducted on a conference basis with the thesis adviser, the course culminates in a thesis proposal. The thesis proposal must gain approval of the thesis adviser, thesis committee, and the graduate chair. Guidelines are available from the office of the graduate chair. The completed thesis must gain departmental and graduate office approval. Required for thesis plan. 3 credits.

ESSG 62100 Thesis II
Open only to qualified and preapproved students who are continuing to work on a scholarly thesis. Conducted on a conference basis with the thesis adviser. Guidelines are available from the office of the graduate chair. The completed thesis must gain approval of the thesis adviser, graduate chair, and the graduate dean. Pass/fail only. Required for thesis plan. Prerequisites: ESSG 62000 Thesis I and approval of thesis adviser and graduate chair. This includes 1-3 credits repeated for a required total of 3 credits of ESSG 62100 Thesis II.

ESSG 63000 Independent Research
Student works in close cooperation with a graduate faculty in a self-directed study, problem-solving, or research investigation. Topic, proposal, and a design statement must be approved in advance by the sponsoring professor and graduate chair. This includes 1-3 credits per course that may be repeated for a total of no more than 6 credits of independent study courses (ESSG 63000 and ESSG 63100).

ESSG 63100 Independent Reading
Reading in the field, arranged between the student and a sponsoring graduate faculty. Topic, proposal, and a design statement must be approved in advance by the sponsoring professor and graduate chair. This includes 1-3 credits per course that may be repeated for a total of no more than 6 credits of independent study courses (ESSG 63000 and ESSG 63100).

ESSG 63200 Group Research
Group participation in a research project. Small groups of students, under the direction of a faculty adviser, engage in the research process, from literature review, proposal development, submission of human subjects’ review documents, data collection, data analysis, and presentation of the data. 1-3 credits. (IRR)

ESSG 64000 Seminar
In-depth seminar on particular topics associated with academic concentrations offered in exercise and sport sciences. Students explore and critically examine current readings, philosophies, theories, and/or practices associated with a given topic and discuss potential applications of these concepts to actual or simulated situations. Students may present research findings, thesis proposals, or thesis defenses. Students must pass two semesters of seminar. Pass/fail only. 0 credits. (F, S)

ESSG 64500: Psychophysiology of Exercise and Sport
Examines the interaction between psychological states and physiological function, particularly within the realm of exercise and sport. Specific topics include neurohormonal and physiological correlates of disordered eating behaviors, body image, perceived exertion, aggression, stress responses, overtraining, and other behaviors. The way exercise works as a mind-body medicine modality, including mental health and maintenance of cognitive function, is examined. Cognitive states, including arousal and intentionality, are examined as they influence physiological adaptations made during training. 3 credits. (W)

ESSG 64800 Strength and Conditioning: Theories, Mechanisms, and Applications
Evidence-based presentation and discussion of methods practiced for improvement of strength and conditioning. Enhancement of athletic performance through new or accepted strength and conditioning techniques will be emphasized, though rehabilitative issues may also be addressed. Prerequisite: One course in exercise physiology. 3 credits. (SU)

ESSG 66000 Internship
Supervised work experience in an agency related to the student’s concentration in the master’s degree program. Approval and support of a graduate faculty sponsor and the graduate chair are required, and prerequisite coursework may be needed. 1-3 credits, for a total of 3 credits. (F, S, SU)

ESSG 69900 Special Topics
Advanced courses on particular topics associated with academic concentrations offered in the exercise and sport sciences programs. Courses are offered at irregular intervals on topics chosen by faculty members or resulting from student requests. Course may be repeated for credit for selected topics on different subjects. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. 1-3 credits. (IRR)

ESSG 74200 Advanced Techniques of Athletic Training
Consideration of the prevention, management, and rehabilitation of sports injuries. Essential concepts include anatomical basis of common injuries, injury assessment, and principles of therapeutic exercise for areas often injured. Laboratory time is included. Prerequisite: EXSS 24700 or equivalent, or permission of instructor. (SU)