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01/06/2013

Exercise Science & Wellness Management – is that even a major?

(sigh!) The all too often question we get from students and parents which demonstrates the lack of knowledge of this silently booming industry. Are you surprised to learn Exercise Science students take rigorous science courses such as Biology, Human Structure & Function, Exercise Physiology, Nutrition and Kinesiology? This Exercise Science undergraduate major now becomes an ideal primer for graduate programs such as Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy. Exercise Science students learn how to conduct such health assessments as blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose, air displacement plethysmography, pulse oximetry and biofeedback technology also preparing students for such graduate medical programs as Physician Assistants.

Even the health reform emphasizes preventive medicine! Many healthcare professionals are finally joining the national movement of Exercise is Medicine, “improving the health and well-being of our nation through a regular physical activity prescription from doctors and other health care providers.”

The Wall Street Journal affirms this choice major for landing a “plum job” whereas this “…profession [is] so popular that lawyers, dentists and English teachers are ditching those careers” for Kinesiology related opportunities. A plethora of opportunities are available for Kinesiology majors – corporate wellness director, exercise specialist, community recreation director, strength & conditioning coach, personal trainer, health educator and more!

At USciences Exercise Science is a growing major and THE most popular minor on campus with students of all majors constantly requesting to be admitted into Kinesiology courses. Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Biology and even Pharmacy majors realize and appreciate the benefits of learning more about the science of exercise and overall wellness. EVERY profession is affected by wellness.  SO TAKE NOTE! Kinesiology is THE place to be in 2013!

References:

Helliker, K. (2012, December 20). Stop mocking the gym majors. Retrieved from http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324407504578187670274268876.html?KEYWORDS=kinesiology#articleTabs%3Darticle

Exercise is Medicine (n.d.). Retrieved from http://exerciseismedicine.org/physicians.htm

 

 

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