Exercise and Sports Science (ESS)

ESS 196      INTRODUCTION TO ATHLETIC TREATMENT      Credit: 1

The primary goal of this practicum-based class is to provide students an opportunity to observe the operations of the athletic treatment center. Based on systematic observations of athletes' injury, treatment, rehabilitation and general observations of the treatment facility, students will be able to evaluate the benefits and limitations of athletic training as a course of study. Students will log a minimum of 45 hours of classroom and athletic treatment center observations and learning experiences.

ESS 220      STRESS MANAGEMENT      Credits: 3

This course is designed to help the student understand the physiological, psychological, and sociological impact of the stress of daily life on the human body. Students will be able to identify and apply effective strategies to decrease the negative impact of stress on their health throughout their lifetime. In addition, students will practice stress-reducing modalities and activities during each class period.

ESS 240      INTRODUCTION TO PREVENTION AND CARE OF ATHLETIC INJURIES      Credits: 2

This course is designed for future sport coaches or individuals who will play a role in sports and physical fitness, this course will prepare learners to: overview legal concerns and employ strategies to reduce liability; develop and implement an emergency action plan; identify risk factors for sudden cardiac death; identify and manage heat related illness; recognize and manage sport related concussion; and identify basic sports injuries. For non-ESS majors.

ESS 250      INTRODUCTION TO EXERCISE SCIENCE      Credits: 2

Students will explore the exciting opportunities that exercise science professionals have to positively influence health, fitness, wellness, performance and more. Through multi-media presentations, class discussions, small group work, and hands on learning, students will be introduced to the many sub-disciplines of exercise including: sports nutrition, sports psychology, exercise physiology, sports medicine, epidemiology, and evidence based practice. This course will also survey career options in exercise, fitness, health promotion, health care, and sport sciences.

ESS 260      HEALTH AND FITNESS FOR LIFE WITH LAB      Credits: 2

The goal of this course is for each student to develop a physically active and healthy lifestyle plan. Throughout the course, the student will participate in cardiovascular, flexibility, muscular strength and endurance, body composition, and stress lowering assessments and training sessions. Students will use the results of these assessments to develop a Wellness SMART goal and a Fitness SMART goal to implement and track throughout the term.

ESS 280      DISEASES      Credits: 2

This course will explore the impact of disease on society's and the individual's health and well-being. Students will examine modern concepts of disease: prevention and control of diseases, characteristics of common communicable diseases, chronic disease control, and special chronic diseases.

ESS 287      INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN PERFORMANCE TRAINING      Credits: 2

The goal of this practicum-based course is to provide students the opportunity to explore the profession of Human Performance Training by observing and leading portions of a training sessions for individuals and groups. Students will accumulate 90 hours of hands-on experience training individuals and/or groups exercising along with mentoring from Human Performance Professionals on campus or in the community.
Prerequisites: ESS 260 with a C or higher.

ESS 296      BEGINNING ATHLETIC TREATMENT      Credits: 2

The major focus of this practicum-based class is to increase the depth of knowledge and skills in athletic taping techniques, modality usage, injury rehabilitation, and record keeping procedures. Students will observe games and demonstrate effective time management skills. Furthermore, students will demonstrate a working knowledge of functional anatomy, basic first aid, and complete an injury evaluation form. Students will log a minimum of 90 hours of classroom and athletic treatment center observations and learning experiences.
Prerequisites: ESS 196 with a C or higher.

ESS 330      FIRST AID AND CPR      Credits: 0.5

The student will study and demonstrate proficiency in the skills of CPR and First Aid. Successful completion of the course will certify the student in American Red Cross Adult, Child, and Infant CPR as well as Standard First Aid. This course does not meet the health care provider requirements for the certified nursing assistant program.

ESS 340      PREVENTION AND CARE OF ATHLETIC INJURIES      Credits: 3

This course will prepare learners to overview legal concerns and employ strategies to reduce liability, develop and implement an emergency action plan, identify risk factors for sudden cardiac death, identify and manage heat related illness, recognize and manage a sport-related concussion, and identify basic sports injuries. Through lectures, discussions, and hands-on learning labs, participants will also be introduced to basic prevention, immediate care, and management of common orthopedic injuries.
Prerequisites: BIO 264 or BIO 364 with a C or higher.

ESS 352      SPORT SKILL ANALYSIS      Credits: 3

This course provides a systematic introduction to principles of motor learning and applied biomechanical principles, teaching cues, progressions, and observation strategies for leisure physical activities, individual and team sport skills. Emphasis will be placed on developing task skill sheets for a portfolio of skills, live and video analysis to prepare students for providing descriptive, prescriptive and appropriate skill feedback.

ESS 360      SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY AND DIVERSITY IN SPORTS AND EXERCISE      Credit: 1

This course will criticaly examine the issues of social responsibility, respect, and diversity in sport and exercise. Students will examine stereotypes, misconceptions, and social elements of a changing sports and exercise landscape.

ESS 370      PRINCIPLES OF COACHING      Credits: 2

The goal of this course is to challenge the student to think critically about the profession of coaching and develop a personal philosophy based on readings, observations, and reflections. Discussion of ethical and moral dilemmas faced by coaches will prepare the student to make positive choices and implement strategies to develop desired character traits in those participating in sports. Students will develop foundational knowledge related to motivation of athletes and development of team cohesion.

ESS 384      FOUNDATIONS OF MOVEMENT      Credits: 4

This course will examine the development of human motor behaviors and learning across the lifespan. Students will learn to demonstrate and lead dynamic warm-up activities, basic core strength exercises, and body-weight and balance exercises while applying motor learning and teaching principles from current research.
Prerequisites: ESS 250 and ESS 260 with a C or higher.

ESS 387      ADVANCED HUMAN PERFORMANCE TRAINING      Credits: 3

The goal of this practicum-based course is to provide students the opportunity explore the depths of Human Performance Training by leading, teaching, and monitoring entire training sessions for individuals and groups. Students will accumulate 135 hours of hands-on experience training individuals and/or groups exercising along with mentoring from Human Performance Professionals on campus or in the community.
Prerequisites: ESS 287 with a C or higher.

ESS 396      INTERMEDIATE ATHLETIC TREATMENT      Credits: 3

Students in this practicum-based course will provide care for a high-risk sport and continue to increase expertise in taping modules and usage of modalities. Students will develop time management skills and be able to complete injury evaluations and suggest rehabilitation options for athletes. Students will log a minimum of 135 hours of classroom and athletic treatment center observations and learning experiences.
Prerequisites: ESS 296 with a C or higher.

ESS 397      COACHING FIELD EXPERIENCE      Credit: 1

The goal of this course is provide the student with the opportunity to explore careers in coaching youth, high school, or collegiate sports. The student will observe practice and contests, participate in planning or implementing training and skill-based instructional sessions, assist the coach with duties related to the team’s organization and management, and develop an understanding of the requirements necessary to be a successful sports coach.
Prerequisites: ESS 240, ESS 352, and ESS 370 with a C or higher.

ESS 422      PSYCHOLOGY OF SPORT AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY      Credits: 3

This course will focus on the psychological factors related to participation and adherence in sport and physical activity. Students will explore how social and psychological variables influence participation and performance in sport and physical activity and how participation in sport and physical activity affect the psychological well-being of the individual.
Prerequisites: PSY 201 with a C or higher.

ESS 432      MEASUREMENT AND EVALUATION IN EXERCISE AND SPORT SCIENCE      Credits: 3

This course provides an opportunity to apply basic statistical techniques essential to measurement and evaluation in exercise, fitness, and sport sciences. Included are practice experiences in testing functional movement, health-related fitness, skill-related fitness, affective and psychological variables. Experience in reading, synthesizing, and reporting current exercise research will also be gained in this course.
Prerequisites: ESS 260 and MTH 231 with a C or higher.

ESS 444      ADVANCED ATHLETIC INJURY MANAGEMENT      Credits: 3

This course is an in-depth study of sport-related injuries and conditions that result from participation in sport or physical activity. Emphasis will be on injury recognition, orthopedic evaluation, therapeutic interventions, and rehabilitation. Participants will engage with health care professionals through experiential learning in a variety of settings including: physical therapy, chiropractic, Chinese medicine/acupuncture, athletic treatment, and massage therapy. This course is intended for Pre-Athletic Training, Pre-Physical Therapy, Pre-Physician Assistant, and Pre-Medical students.
Prerequisites: BIO 265 or BIO 365 and ESS 340 with a C or higher; or instructor approval; recommend completion of ESS 196 and ESS 296.

ESS 452      PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND SPORT FOR SPECIAL POPULATIONS      Credits: 3

This course will provide an overview of legal and educational issues related to individuals with disabilities. Students will observe and participate in activities designed to include individuals with disabilities in sport and physical activity. As a result, students will recognize that individuals are entitled to and benefit from participation in physical activity programs.
Prerequisites: BIO 264 or BIO 364 with a C or higher and PSY 201 with a D or higher.

ESS 462      NUTRITION      Credits: 3

Upon successful completion of this course, students will understand the relationship of food, its nutrients, and other components of a healthy diet. Students will also learn how to obtain and evaluate current, authoritative information regarding nutrition. Furthermore, students will gain critical thinking skills valuable for assessing the nutritional habits, consumer decisions, and nutritional behaviors of their patients.
Prerequisites: BIO 264 or BIO 364 and ESS 260with a C or higher.

ESS 464      NUTRITION FOR EXERCISE AND HUMAN PERFORMANCE      Credits: 3

This course will focus on the study of the body and how it uses the basic nutrients, the impact of the nutrients and foods on a person's health in the prevention of disease, and how nutrition can impact health or sports performance. Particular attention will be on how cultural and psycho-social factors influence food choices, as well as how food choice impacts health, exercise, fitness, and sport performance.
Prerequisites: BIO 264 or BIO 364 and CHM 102 and ESS 260 with a C or higher.

ESS 474      KINESIOLOGY      Credits: 4

Through lecture and lab experiences students will learn the mechanical and anatomical aspects of human movement and apply this information to various sports and exercises while determining appropriateness of performance technique. Course includes an accompanying laboratory component.
Prerequisites: BIO 264 or BIO 364 and ESS 384 with a C or higher
Corequisites: ESS 474L.

ESS 474L      KINESIOLOGY LAB      Credits: 0

Laboratory component of ESS 474.
Corequisites: ESS 474.

ESS 484      EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY      Credits: 4

Through lecture and lab experiences students will gain an understanding of theoretical and applied aspects of exercise physiology and an in-depth understanding of how the body responds when exposed to acute and chronic bouts of exercise. Course includes an accompanying laboratory component.
Prerequisites: BIO 265 or BIO 365 and CHM 102 and ESS 260 and ESS 384 with a C or higher
Corequisites: ESS 484L.

ESS 484L      EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY LAB      Credits: 0

Laboratory component of ESS 484.
Corequisite: ESS 484.

ESS 487      CERTIFIED STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING PREPARATION      Credits: 2

The goal of this course is to adequately prepare students to sit and succeed in the primary certification for human performance training. It is expected that the student register for the certification towards the end of the semester, with this course going through the details of the exam as preparation.
Prerequisites: ESS 340, ESS 422, ESS 464, ESS 474, ESS 484 with a C or higher and ESS 387
Corequisites: ESS 494.

ESS 491      PROFESSIONAL PREPARATION AND LEADERSHIP IN EXERCISE AND SPORTS SCIENCE      Credit: 1

This course will facilitate exploration of individual leadership characteristics as well as prepare students for the professional setting. Students will: develop professional materials including a cover letter and resume; explore Codes of Ethics from several professional organizations; prepare for and practice interviewing; explore potential career paths; and will make progress toward identifying and securing an internship site. This course should be taken the semester prior to ESS 498 Internship in Exercise and Sport Science.
Prerequisites: Junior Standing.

ESS 493      RESEARCH METHODS IN EXERCISE AND SPORTS SCIENCE      Credits: 2

Students will conduct and write a review of literature, formulate a research question, and develop a research design. Students will become critical consumers of new information and emerging trends while developing skills in designing research that translates to evidence-based practices in exercise and sport science.
Prerequisites: ESS 250 and ESS 432 with a C or higher.

ESS 494      EXERCISE PRESCRIPTION AND PROGRAMMING      Credits: 4

This course will focus on evaluation and interpretation of fitness assessment data and the development of programs for for individuals of different ages and abilities. Students will apply basic training principles and demonstrate correct techniques and teaching progressions for a wide variety of training exercises.
Prerequisites: ESS 432 and ESS 474 and ESS 484 with a C or higher.

ESS 495      ESS RESEARCH PROJECT      Credits: 1-3

This capstone course will enable the student to refine their research proposal developed in ESS 493 and develop skills as a researcher and scientific writer. Development and completion of their research project will enable students to be confident and competent for future employment or in their chosen area of graduate study. Further synthesis and development may result in presentation at professional conferences or publication in professional journals.
Prerequisites: ESS 432, 484, 493 and 494 with a C or higher.

ESS 496      ADVANCED ATHLETIC TREATMENT      Credits: 4

In this practicum-based course, student trainers will provide care for one specific sport throughout its entire season and continue to increase expertise in taping modules and usage of modalities. Students will also develop skills in dealing with acute injury situations and developing rationale to deal with these challenges. Students will log a minimum of 180 hours of classroom and athletic treatment center observations and learning experiences.
Prerequisites: ESS 340 and ESS 396 with a C or higher and ESS Department Chair approval.

ESS 498      INTERNSHIP      Credits: 1-6

The internship will connect the ESS student with practical, relevant, and challenging real-world experiences. This immersive experience will assist them with understanding the intricacies of the profession, connecting their classroom and laboratory experiences with a professional setting, and developing their own definition of servant leadership. With oversight from a faculty advisor, students will secure an internship in one of the many settings related to Exercise & Sport Science.
Prerequisites: ESS 491.