Welcome to the Department of Exercise and Sport Sciences

Through the theory and practical application of exercise science principles, the Department of Exercise and Sport Sciences prepares students to address growing societal concerns about -- and interest in -- fitness, wellness, sport, injury prevention, and rehabilitation. We accomplish this mission by offering three majors:

  • Athletic training: This accredited academic major emphasizes the prevention, evaluation, care, management and rehabilitation of athletic injuries; it therefore addresses the national need for better health care of athletes and the physically active. Certified athletic trainers work under the direction of physicians in many settings, including high schools, colleges and universities, professional and Olympic sports, hospitals, fitness centers, the military, performing arts, industry, and sports medicine clinics.

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  • Exercise science: This major gives students a theoretical understanding of the physiological, neuromuscular, psychological, and biomechanical effects of exercise stress on the human body. Graduates are well positioned to pursue advanced study in these areas, as well as in medicine and allied health, or to use their knowledge to interpret scientific information on physical activity for the lay public through such means as educational forums (such as website development, public speaking, fitness/wellness seminars, public health initiatives), journalism or writing, or sales (including medical equipment or pharmaceuticals). This major offers four different concentrations including Clinical Exercise and Wellness, Medical Sciences, Sport Sciences, and Strength and Conditioning.

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  • Clinical exercise science (CES): This major provides students with knowledge and skills to assess physical function and prescribe exercise for athletes, healthy individuals, and/or those with functional deficits that accompany lifestyle diseases or persist following illness, injury, or postsurgical rehabilitation. In a variety of settings (athletic, hospital, private, clinical, or corporate), a CES-trained exercise professional will use exercise as a modality to help prevent or address chronic lifestyle diseases, such as cardiovascular or pulmonary disease, diabetes, and hypertension. Graduates often choose to work with athletes to improve performance and fitness.
    NOTE: Fall 2014 is the last semester students will be admitted to the Clinical Exercise Science degree program. Students interested in CES are encouraged to enroll in the new Clinical Exercise and Wellness or Strength and Conditioning concentrations available in the Exercise Science degree program.
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Christine Giovinazzo

A sure way to impress on a job interview is to answer questions with relevant examples drawn from experience. That’s exactly what Christine Giovinazzo ’11 did as a candidate for a position at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). READ MORE

Clinical Exercise Science; Wellness Clinic
Alpha Eta Society induction ceremony
Alpha Eta Society

Sierra Yaple '15, Jacob Mir '15, Cody Stahl '16, Jess Ford '15, and Katie Deitz '15 were recently inducted into the Alpha Eta Society. Also pictured are faculty members Tom Swensen, Courtney Gray, Chris Hummel, and Paul Geisler.