Exercise Science and Sport Studies

Department Chair: Donald Fischer
Faculty: Donald Fischer, Janna LaFountaine, Mary Stenson
Instructors: Amanda Anderson, Julie Deyak, John Gagliardi, Jerry Haugen, John Haws, Dennis Johnson, Tim Miles, Doug Schueller,  Matthew Stenson,

Exercise and physical activity play an important role in improving the quality of life of individuals, including decreasing the risk of disease and injury. The mission of the Exercise Science and Sport Studies Department is to prepare liberally educated men and women for graduate study in exercise related fields, and to prepare students to function professionally and competently in the fields of exercise science and coaching. Consistent with the Coordinate Mission of the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University, the department seeks to foster integrated learning, critical thinking, strong communication skills, exploration of culture and gender related issues, and provide leadership and service opportunities for students.

Assessment

The Exercise Science and Sport Studies Department is committed to the process of formative assessment in order to enhance student learning. The assessment process employs a variety of assessment measures including (but not limited to):

1.     Embedded assessment of student learning within Exercise Science and Sport Studies Department courses
2.     Survey of senior students and graduates
3.     Survey of Internship or Practicum site supervisors regarding student performance relative to curricular learning goals

Major (None)

Exercise Science and Sport Studies Minor
(24 credits with at least one course from each of the four categories)

Category A: ESSS 202, 203, 204, 205, 209, 258, 259*, 260*, 261*, 263*, 264*, 267*, 269*, 270*, 273, 275, 307, 320, 321, 397

Category B: ESSS 306, 308, 310, 396

Category C: ESSS 316, 390

Category D: ESSS XXX

*NOTE: a maximum of two "Theory of Coaching" courses may be applied toward the minor degree.

Courses (ESSS)

202 Sport Psychology. (2)
This course will introduce students to sport psychology as a science in which the principles of psychology are applied in a sport or exercise setting, particularly to enhance performance. Spring.

203 Coaching Methods. (2)
In this course students will learn fundamental concepts of motor learning and apply the concepts by instructing proper exercise and sport-related techniques. Students will actively analyze exercise and sport techniques, identify errors, and provide learner-appropriate feedback to facilitate learning of proper technique. Students enrolled in this course will actively participate in exercise techniques and coaching sessions with peers. Fall and Spring.

204 Sport Nutrition. (2)
In this course students will discuss and apply the role of various nutrients in sport performance and body composition for athletes. Issues related to drug and supplement use and the coach's role in recognizing and handling these issues will also be addressed. Fall and spring.

205 Sport Administration. (2)
This course will explore concepts related to planning, organizing, directing, controlling, budgeting, leading, and evaluating within the context of sport or physical activities.  Issues related to risk and team management will be discussed and evaluated. Students will develop a foundational understanding of the legal duties related to coaching. Fall and spring.

209 Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries. (2)
This course will examine the role of the coach or exercise professional in planning for, preventing, and responding to sport related injuries.  Fall and spring.

258 Human Anatomy and Physiology for Exercise Science. (4)
This course is primarily a lecture course covering fundamental human anatomy and physiology concepts with emphasis placed on the muscular, skeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory, metabolic, endocrine, and nervous systems. This course is designed to emphasize selected concepts necessary to the study of human movement, athletic performance, and athletic injuries. Spring.

259 Theory of Coaching Ice Hockey. (1)
Advanced skills, strategy and theories of team play of ice hockey. Practice planning and drill work, game preparation, as well as game rules. Current issues and problems in the sport. Spring, alternate years. S/U grading only.

260 Theory of Coaching Football. (1)
Advanced skills, strategy and theories of team play of football. Practice planning and drill work, game preparation, as well as game rules. Current issues and problems in the sport. Spring. S/U grading only.

261 Theory of Coaching Basketball. (1)
Advanced skills, strategy and theories of team play of basketball. Practice planning and drill work, game preparation, as well as game rules. Fall, alternate years. S/U grading only.

263 Theory of Coaching Track and Cross Country. (1)
Advanced skills, strategy and theories of track and field and cross country. Practice planning and drill work, meet preparation, as well as competition rules. Current issues and problems in the sport. Fall, alternate years. S/U grading only.

264 Theory of Coaching Baseball. (1)
Advanced skills, strategy and theories of team play of baseball. Practice planning and drill work, game preparation, as well as game rules. Current issues and problems in the sport. Spring, alternate years. S/U grading only.

267 Theory of Coaching Soccer. (1)
Advanced skills, strategy and theories of team play of soccer. Practice planning and drill work, game preparation, as well as game rules. Current issues and problems in the sport. Spring, alternate years. S/U grading only.

269 Theory of Coaching Volleyball. (1)
Coaching of skills, strategy and theories of volleyball. Emphasis to include drill work, practices, contest planning and rules. Fall, alternate years. S/U grading only.

270 Theory of Coaching Softball. (1)
Coaching of skills, strategy and theories of softball. Emphasis also to include drill work, practices, contest planning and rules. Spring, alternate years. S/U grading only.

273 Health and Fitness. (4)
In this course, students will discuss and apply foundational concepts in exercise, disease prevention and management, and wellness. Beyond studying the physiological changes to various types of exercise, students will apply course concepts in designing individualized exercise programs for healthy and special populations. Students in the course will also examine gender, age, sexuality, race, culture, class, ethnicity, and behavioral differences that influence exercise habits, general health, and chronic diseases. In the laboratory portion of the course, students will assess their own fitness using traditional field tests and health screening and risk appraisal tools. Prerequisites: ESSS 258 or BIOL 214 or [BIOL 325 and 326]. Fall.

275 Techniques in Athletic Training. (1)
In this course students will integrate and apply knowledge and develop practical skills related to the taping and wrapping of injuries, assessing and managing on-the-field injuries, and the treatment of acute and chronic injuries. Students are required to demonstrate competency in specified techniques. Prerequisite: 175. Fall and spring. S/U grading only.

306 Kinesiology. (4)
In this course students will integrate and apply fundamental anatomical, physiological and biomechanical concepts of human movement. Students will use course concepts to evaluate complex movements such as running and throwing. The laboratory component of the course will emphasize analytical and problem solving skills through the qualitative and quantitative assessment of human movement. Prerequisites: ESSS 258 or BIOL 214 or BIOL 325 and 326; completion of the Core/Common Curriculum math requirement. Recommended: PHYS 105 or 191. Fall.

307 Advanced Injury Assessment. (2)
In this course students will learn and apply fundamental theoretical and practical concepts relative to assessing and managing common athletic injuries, primarily of the extremities. Students will develop critical thinking skills by identifying injuries based on relevant signs/symptoms and by identifying management strategies based on the nature of the injury. Students will also learn to effectively communicate through written SOAP notes. Prerequisites: ESSS [175 or 209] and [ESSS 258 or BIOL 214 or BIOL 325 and 326]. Fall.

308 Exercise Physiology. (4)
In this course students will advance their understanding of the human body's physiological response to exercise. Topics include acute responses and chronic adaptations of the muscular, cardiovascular, respiratory, hormonal, and bioenergetics systems to exercise induced stress. Environmental influences on performance and gender differences will also be explored. In the laboratory portion of the course students will practice the scientific method by assessing physiological capacities using the laboratory assessment methods. Prerequisites: ESSS 273; [ESSS 258 or BIOL 214 or BIOL 325 and 325]; [MATH 118 or MATH 119 or MATH 124 or PSYC 221 or SOCI 201]. Spring.

310 Principles of Strength Training and Conditioning. (4)
Students will develop a functional understanding of the exercise science as it applies to strength training and conditioning. Exercise science concepts and principles will be applied to test and analyze human performance and to design theoretically rationalized exercise programs. In the laboratory portion of the course, students will develop a practical understanding of the principles of test selection and administration and the principles used to effectively instruct physically active individuals in safe and effective exercise technique.  Prerequisites: ESSS 203 and [ESSS 204 or NUTR 125], and [ESSS 258 or BIOL 214 or 326 and 326]. Spring.

316 Research Methods. (2)
Students will learn about different types of research and experimental designs in the fields of exercise science. Emphasis is placed on the elements of research leading up to data collection, including critical consumption of scholarly information, developing a research question, conducting a literature review, and completing a research proposal. The role of the Institutional Review Board in protecting the rights of human subjects will also be discussed. Prerequisites: (MATH 124 or PSYC 221 or SOCI 201) and (ESSS 306 or ESSS 308 or NUTR 330 or NUTR 331). Spring. A-F grading only.

320 Gender and Sport. (2)
This course examines the role gender played and continues to play in shaping sport in our society. Students will examine topics such as Title IX, gender and social context, and the representation of female athletes in the media. This course is cross-listed with the Gender and Women's Studies major. Fall. A-F grading only.

321 Culture and Sport. (2)
This course will examine the cultural implications of how sport affects society. Students will understand that sport serves as a cultural lens that reflects and defines cultural beliefs and values. Historical, political and economic views will be studied along with fandom and youth sport models. Spring. A-F grading only.

390 Sport Ethics. (4)
This course will introduce students to a variety of theories of moral reasoning, ethical and unethical behavior in sport, and the development of moral education through sport. Students will engage in learning about how they should act in order to support the moral foundation necessary for sport to function. Students will wrestle with questions such as "how should I act" or "what type of an athlete, coach, official, manager, fan or parent should I be" through readings and discussions. Decision-making models based on moral reasoning theory and other principles of strategic reasoning will be employed as students navigate case studies and issues related to sport. This course has a required Service Learning component. Fall and spring.

396 Research Seminar. (2)
Students in this course will begin the data collection process for previously completed research proposals. Students will communicate their ideas and progress to class colleagues. After data collection, students will analyze data and interpret the results. Conclusions will be drawn from the results and the final projects will be presented on and off campus. Throughout the research process students will be asked to reflect upon the process, on how their project has integrated their previous coursework, and how performing research has changed their perspectives on health and human performance. Prerequisite: ESSS 316. Fall. S/U grading only

397 Internship. (2-8)
Internship in an approved setting. Work experience in an area of sports medicine supervised by agency personnel and department coordinator. All internships need to be planned with the CSB/SJU internship office one semester prior to work experience.

XXX(A) Assessment of Student Learning. (0)
This course is designed to assess the students' experiences associated with the Exercise Science and Sport Studies minor and to assist in the assessment of the overall program. The assessment methods will include, but is not limited to, a survey regarding the quality of the program. This course is to be completed in the student's final semester prior to graduation. S/U grading only.