What is an Area of Study?
Starting in Fall 2013, students who enter the program for the M.S. in Kinesiology will be required to designate two areas of study they wish to focus in. The Areas of Study students can choose from include;
The Exercise Physiology track is designed to provide students with an advanced knowledge/understanding of the physiological effects of exercise, as well as the ability to apply this information in helping clients/patients/athletes improve their fitness, health, and/or sport performance. Students completing this track are well-prepared to perform successfully in a variety of professional settings, including cardiopulmonary rehabilitation programs, corporate fitness/wellness programs, sport performance programs, or community/commercial fitness facilities. This track also prepares students wishing to pursue additional graduate study, or future training in allied health professions such as physical or occupational therapy.
This track is designed for the practitioner/clinician that works with individuals engaged in various movement activities in both educational and clinical settings. "If you are a person whose focus is to improve the movement of others, then this track is for you!" This track provides you with the knowledge and skills you will use to assess, analyze, and improve the movement patterns of your students, athletes, and clients.
The Strength and Conditioning (S&C) track is ideal for those that are planning on pursuing careers in sport performance or personal training. By learning how to apply the concepts of exercise physiology to exercise selection and program design, you will become proficient at designing training for individuals from a broad range of sports and physical activities. Individuals who may find the S&C track most beneficial include those who aspire to become: college or professional S&C coaches, sport performance specialists, occupational and physical therapists, athletic trainers, personal trainers, and wellness coaches.
How can a place kicker miss the go-ahead field goal? Why do some individuals struggle to start or adhere to an exercise program? How do Olympic athletes develop the concentration, confidence, control, and commitment to perform consistently at the world class level? If you are looking to learn more about the agony of defeat, joy of winning, being in the zone, or honing your competitive edge, then you have found the perfect track. By combining a love of sport with an interest in psychology, students learn performance enhancement techniques and put them to work guiding real-life performers on and off the court or in and out of the exercise studio.
The Wellness and Fitness Management track is designed for the practitioner who works with individuals in adopting and maintaining physically active and healthy lifestyle behaviors. The course of study prepares professionals for leadership roles in wellness and physical activity programming for commercial, community, corporate, educational and hospital organizations.
Planned Area of Study
Students may also design their own area of study as their second in-depth area. In addition to providing students with the ability to customize their preparation, the planned area of student provides the department with a mechanism for development of additional tracks of study. Currently, one area that has emerged focuses on "Ability Diversity" (see information below). Planned areas must be submitted to the graduate committee for approval prior to the completion of 15 credits.
The Ability Diversity area of study is ideal for those that are planning on pursuing careers in almost any aspect of sport and physical activity. By learning about disability, injury, social and cultural differences that exist persons competing, participating and/or training in sport and physical activity these students will be able to advocate for the appropriate programs, appropriate facilities, appropriate equipment so that All persons are provided opportunities to participate in physical activity. Individuals who find the Ability diversity area most beneficial are those who aspire to become: programming specialists at any type of fitness and/or recreational facility; Advocates for the Americans with Disabilities Act within corporate and/or collegiate setting; coaches for all types of athletes; occupational and physical therapists, athletic trainers, personal trainers, and wellness coaches.