Pushing the Limits of Human Performance
How does the human body respond to exercise? What are the limits of human performance? How can exercise training impact chronic disease, quality of life, and sport success?
These are some of the questions the study of exercise and sport physiology investigates. Exercise physiology is the study of the acute and chronic adaptations to the stress of physical activity. While the study of exercise physiology can inform us how exercise can improve physiological function in general; its sub-discipline, sport physiology, helps us understand and improve athletic performance specifically.
The strong science-based curriculum includes advanced study in exercise physiology, exercise testing and prescription, and research methodology. Many of the classes in the major combine theory with laboratory practice so that students get a chance to practice and master their professional skills. For their senior capstone experience, students may elect to do an internship or a research project. The internship experience allows students to further hone their skills in a practical environment while the research project allows students to put to practice their field and laboratory testing knowledge. Both opportunities give the students a chance to further develop and showcase their talents.
Graduates will be prepared for careers in clinical/research settings, strength and conditioning, and the health/fitness industry. The major also provides students with a strong foundation for future graduate studies in Exercise Science, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Other Professional Programs. In addition, the major prepares students to challenge select certification examinations such as the American College of Sports Medicine’s Certified Exercise Physiologist (EP-C) and the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS).
Upon completion of this major, exercise and sport physiology students will possess the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities to:
- Demonstrate knowledge of general overall physiological principles associated with metabolic processes; musculoskeletal system; cardiovascular system; aerobic and anaerobic program design.
- Demonstrate knowledge of pathophysiology and risk factors associated with exercise and disease.
- Demonstrate the ability to administer and interpret health appraisals, fitness and clinical exercise testing.
- Demonstrate the ability to administer and interpret electrocardiography and other diagnostic techniques associated with physiological processes.
- Describe and understand issues involved with patient management and medications.
- Design and monitor exercise prescriptions and fitness programming.
- Assess and evaluate nutritional intake and demonstrate the ability to design weight management programs.
- Demonstrate knowledge of safety, injury prevention, and emergency procedures associated with laboratory activities and general exercise.
- Demonstrate knowledge of cardiovascular physiology, pulmonary physiology, metabolic processes and associated pathophysiology and risk factors for disease.
- Demonstrate knowledge of orthopedic/musculoskeletal issues including pathophysiology and risk factors for injury.
- Demonstrate proficiency in performing laboratory techniques and subsequent analysis of data commonly used in a Human Performance Laboratory.
- Demonstrate knowledge of and show ability to carry out the research process in a collaborative environment.
For more information contact about our Exercise and Sport Physiology program, contact:
Dr. Ryanne Carmichael, Associate Professor
Department of Health & Human Performance
Plymouth State University
Plymouth, NH 03264