Exercise Science

Are you looking for an educational experience that is fun, exciting and fast paced? Look no further than Exercise Science. This program will provide knowledge and real life experiences in recognizing, initially treating and rehabilitating athletic injuries. Under the direction of a licensed trainer, students will assist injured athletes from the onset of injury to their full return to competition. Students will also learn about prevention of injury through the practice of proper sports nutrition, conditioning and weight training. The Exercise Science Program will help you select and prepare for a future in fitness or a variety of health related careers.

Recommendations: Anatomy and Physiology Course during 9th or 10th grade year, and the willingness for work after school hours.

Careers for which Exercise Science will prepare students include: Athletic Training, Personal Trainer, Kinesiology and Exercise Science, Physical Therapist Assistant, Occupational Therapist Assistant, and Medical Massage Therapist.

Postsecondary majors for which this pathway prepares students include: Athletic Training, Kinesiology and Exercise Science, Foods, Nutrition and Wellness Studies. Postsecondary Options at Columbus State Community College.

**All Courses are Semester courses that are blocked 2 periods.


1 Credit (Wt. 1.0)

In this course students will apply procedures and techniques used in athletic training and in the care and rehabilitation of athletic injuries and therapeutic exercise. Topics include injury prevention, conditioning, and wound care techniques of the musculoskeletal system. Students will learn techniques in the analysis of mechanical factors related to human movement. In addition, current trends, technology, legal considerations, and the role of exercise science in relationship to other health fields will be emphasized.


1 Credit (Wt. 1.0)

Students apply practical and theoretical information as it relates to psychology of sport. Students analyze the reciprocal relatoins among physical activity, exercise behavior, and biochemical and physiological adaptation. Topics include theories of behavior change, exercise psychology interventions, and the relationship between exercise and mental health. Further, students will identify psychosocial determinants and effects associated with adopting and maintaining an exercise program and develop strategies for promoting optimal performance in athletes.


1 Credit (Wt. 1.0)

Students will identify signs and symptoms of injury and apply emergency procedures and techniques used in the immediate care of athletic-related trauma. Students will learn clinical and field evaluative processes, injury prevention techniques, conditioning techniques, treatment, taping, bracing, and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries and conditions. Students will design and implement conditioning programs, including nutritional considerations and ergogenic aids. Emphasis is placed on the synthesis of information gathered through injury history, observation, and manual muscle testing.


1 Credit (Wt.1.0)

Students will complete comprehensive fitness evaluations and develop individualized training programs. Students will administer lab and field tests of cardiovascular endurance, body composition, joint flexibility and muscular strength, power, and endurance. Emphasis is placed on assessing body composition, neuromuscular flexibility, agility, balance, coordination, and proprioception. Additionally, students will identify components of physical fitness and communicate how physical activity impact health and wellness.