Exercise and Sport Science Program

The Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sport Science (ESS) will enable you to make a positive difference in the quality of life of those with whom you work and serve. Concordia University-Portland's ESS program is designed to prepare students for work in the health and fitness industry. Possible employment settings may include health clubs, sport performance labs, athletic teams, personal training, recreational facilities, and work-site wellness programs.

A degree in ESS will also prepare students for graduate study in a variety of fields including Community Health, Health Promotion and Wellness, Athletic Training, Biomechanics, Exercise Physiology, Kinesiology, Nutrition, Occupational Therapy, Physician Assistant, Physical Therapy and other programs.

The focus of the program is on mastery of skills, research projects, and internships. Small class sizes accelerate learning and prepare student's to pass the entry level certification exams and to be employed or admitted to a graduate program upon graduation.

Minors

Three minors are offered which are exclusive to those in the ESS majors:

Emily Kosderka, M.S., Assistant Professor, ekosderka@cu-portland.edu

Andrew J. LaFrenz, Ph.D., Associate Professor, alafrenz@cu-portland.edu

Joel M. Schuldheisz, Ph.D., Professor, jschuldheisz@cu-portland.edu

ESS 196      INTRODUCTION TO ATHLETIC TREATMENT      Credit: 1

The primary goal of this field experience is to provide students an opportunity to observe the day-to-day operations of the athletic treatment center. Based on systematic observations of one athlete's 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.

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. The student will also examine and apply various stress management strategies and coping behaviors.

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

This course includes legal concerns and reducing liability, developing and following emergency action plans, prevention of sudden cardiac death, sickle cell concerns, concussion management, and exertional heat realated illness. For non-ESS majors.

ESS 250      INTRODUCTION TO EXERCISE SCIENCE      Credits: 2

This course will survey career options in exercise, fitness, health promotions, and sport sciences. Students will study the exciting opportunity to positively impact our society through promoting health and fitness. The student will also examine trends and career potentials related to exercise, fitness, health, 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 positive, physically active and healthful lifestyle. Throughout the course, the student will participate in cardiovascular, flexibility, muscular strength and endurance, body composition, and stress testing. Students will use the results of this assessment to develop a personalized wellness plan.

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 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. This is a practicum-based course where students will accumulate 90 hours of hands-on experience training individuals and/or groups exercising.
Prerequisites: ESS 384 with a C or higher.

ESS 296      BEGINNING ATHLETIC TREATMENT      Credits: 2

The major focus of this class is to increase the depth of knowledge and skill base in athletic taping techniques, modality usage, injury rehabilitation, and record keeping procedures. Students will observe game coverage and demonstrate effective time management skills. Furthermore, students will demonstrate a working knowledge of surface anatomy, basic first aid, and be able to complete an injury evaluation form.
Prerequisites: ESS 196 with a C or higher.

ESS 298      COACHING FIELD EXPERIENCE      Credits: 1-2

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.

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 introductory course is intended to provide the student with knowledge and experience in the prevention, care, and rehabilitation of athletic injuries. Through lectures, discussions, projects and practical training room experience students will gain knowledge and confidence in dealing with athletic-related 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 applied biomechanical principles, teaching cues, progressions, and observation strategies for leisure and team sports typically taught in middle and secondary physical education. Emphasis will be placed on live and video analysis to prepare students for providing specific, contingent, and appropriate skill feedback along with confidence in taking the PRAXIS video analysis exam.

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

An examination of the issues of social responsibility and diversity in sport and exercise. This course explores the sterotypes, misconceptions, and social elements of a changing sports landscape.

ESS 368      MOTOR LEARNING      Credits: 3

This course examines neuropsychological aspects of human movement. Emphasis will focus on understanding learning, perception, motivation, memory and other variables affecting motor skill development across the lifespan.
Prerequisites: BIO 101 with a D or higher.

ESS 370      PRINCIPLES OF COACHING      Credits: 2

This course is designed to examine the role and function of the youth and interscholastic coach. The student will develop a philosophical basis for working with athletes and learn the essentials of motivation, conditioning, discipline, and communication with players of various ages and sports.

ESS 373      THEORY OF BASEBALL      Credit: 1

This course involves a study of the skills, theories, and strategies of baseball. Attention will focus on teaching skills and strategies of different positions in addition to learning rules and philosophies of the game.
Prerequisites: ESS 370 with a C or higher.

ESS 375      THEORY OF SOFTBALL      Credit: 1

This course involves a study of the skills, theories, and strategies of fastpitch. Attention will focus on teaching skills and strategies of different positions in addition to covering rules and philosophies of the game.
Prerequisites: ESS 370 with a C or higher.

ESS 378      HIGH PERFORMANCE TRAINING      Credits: 2

This course will survey the fundamental techniques of resistance training applied to development of muscular fitness. In addition, students will understand basic training principles and demonstrate correct techniques and teaching progressions for a wide variety of training exercises. Students will identify the corresponding muscles used in exercises and be able to apply assessment information into training programs for athletes of different ages and abilities.
Prerequisites: ESS 250 and ESS 260 and ESS 368 with a C or higher.

ESS 384      FOUNDATIONS OF MOVEMENT      Credits: 4

Understanding human motor development and learning across the lifespan will enable students to demonstrate dynamic warm up activites, basic core strength exercises, body-weight and balance exercises while applying motor learning and teaching principles from current research.
Prerequisites: ESS 250 with a C or higher.

ESS 387      ADVANCED HUMAN PERFORMANCE TRAINING      Credits: 3

The goal of this 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. This is a practicum-based course where students will accumulate 135 hours of hands-on experience training individuals and/or groups exercising.
Prerequisites: ESS 287 and ESS 432 with a C or higher.

ESS 396      INTERMEDIATE ATHLETIC TREATMENT      Credits: 3

Students in this 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 do injury evaluations and suggest rehabilitation options for athletes.
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.
Prerequisite: PSY 201 with a D or higher.

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

This course provides an introduction to the 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 with a D or higher and MTH 231 with a C or higher.

ESS 444      ADVANCED ATHLETIC INJURY MANAGEMENT      Credits: 3

This course is an in depth study of injuries that result from participation from sport or physical activity. Emphasis will be on injury recognition, evaluation, and basic therapeutic interventions. This course is intended for Pre-Athletic Training, Pre-Physical Therapy, Pre-Physician Assistant and Pre-Medical students.
Prerequisites: BIO 265 or BIO 365 with a C or higher or instructor approval; recommended completion of ESS 196, ESS 296, and ESS 340.

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.

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 maximum efficiency. 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: ESS 260 with a D or higher and BIO 264 or BIO 364 with a C or higher.

ESS 472      KINESIOLOGY      Credits: 3

This course involves the study of human movement from an anatomical and mechanical perspective. Through development of a specific skill analysis project, students will gain an in-depth understanding about how and why our joints move as they do.
Prerequisites: BIO 264 with a C or higher
Corequisites: ESS 472L.

ESS 472L      KINESIOLOGY LAB      Credits: 0

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.
Prerequisites: BIO 264 or BIO 365 and ESS 384 with a C or higher
Corequisites: ESS 474L.

ESS 474L      KINESIOLOGY LAB      Credits: 0

ESS 482      EXERCISE PRESCRIPTION AND PROGRAMMING      Credits: 3

This course will focus on the interpretation of fitness assessment data and the developing of programs for a variety of clients or teams. Students will develop experience and confidence in creating personal fitness prescriptions and programs based on results of fitness testing and other relevant information.
Prerequisites: BIO 264 and ESS 432 with a C or higher.

ESS 484      EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY      Credits: 4

Through lecture and lab experiences students will gain the knowledge 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.
Prerequisites: BIO 265 or BIO 365 and ESS 384 with a C or higher
Corequisites: ESS 484L.

ESS 484L      EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY LAB      Credits: 0

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

Students will participate in systematic preparation for their internship and engage critical thinking and evaluation of their career goals. Identification of an internship site and confirming a site supervisor are expected outcomes of this class.
Prerequisites: Junior Standing.

ESS 492      EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY      Credits: 3

This course involves a study of the physiological aspects of human performance, including basic nutrition and metabolic, endocrine, neuromuscular, respiratory and cardiovascular responses to exercise. Practical labs will enable the student to gain valuable experience in observing, recording and interpreting human physiological response to exercise.
Prerequisites: BIO 265 with a C or higher
Corequisites: ESS 492L.

ESS 492L      EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY LAB      Credits: 0

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 a critical consumer 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

Students will interpret fitness assessment data and then develop programs for a variety of clients or individuals or teams. Students will gain experience and confidence in creating personal fitness prescriptions and programs based on results of fitness testing and other relevant information.
Prerequisites: ESS 432, ESS 474, ESS 484 with a C or higher.

ESS 495      EXERCISE AND SPORT SCIENCE RESEARCH PROJECT      Credits: 1-3

This capstone course will enable the student to synthesize their knowledge and develop skills that will enable them to be successful in future employment or in their chosen area of graduate study. Through synthesis and presentation of a current research project, the student will show competence and confidence necessary to be an effective contributor in the fitness industry.
Prerequisites: ESS 484, 493, and ESS 494 with a C or higher.

ESS 496      ADVANCED ATHLETIC TREATMENT      Credits: 4

In this course, student trainers will provide care for one specific sport throughout their 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. This course is intended for Pre-Athletic Training, Pre-Physical Therapy, and Pre-Medical students.
Prerequisites: ESS 340 and ESS 396 with a C or higher and ESS Department Chair approval.

ESS 497      EXERCISE AND SPORT SCIENCE PRE-INTERNSHIP SEMINAR      Credit: 1

The goal of this course is to prepare the Exercise and Sport Science (ESS) major to be successful in their internship experience. In addition to an orientation to the expectations for the internship experience, students will examine their career goals, develop and refine their resume and cover letter, practice interviewing techniques, review ethical scenarios, evaluate their skills and values, and identify the internship setting where they will best accomplish these goals.

ESS 498      INTERNSHIP      Credits: 1-6

This course connects the ESS major with practical, relevant and challenging real-world experiences in the fitness industry. Throughout this experience Concordia students apply the knowledge they gained through technical, laboratory, and theoretical classes. The internship expereince leads to connection with professionals in fitness clubs and sports labs; these networking opportunities shape and lead our students to employment after graduation.
Prerequisites: ESS 491.