Exercise Science


News Update

ESSS Students Present Undergraduate Research at Northland ACSM Meeting


Several ESSS students presented their undergraduate research projects at the Northland Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine Annual Spring Meeting on Friday, March 28, 2014. Three student groups were awarded Undergraduate Research Awards for their work.

Isabel Sim-Campos, Janae Myers, and Maren Iverson:Dynamic Postural Stability Index: Test-Retest Reliability When Landing from Three Types of Jumps

Samantha Imholte: Validity and Reliability of the Pro-Agility Test for Assessing ACL Injury Risk

Anna Krieger: Serum 25- Hydroxyvitamin D Status and Anaerobic Performance in Female Collegiate Basketball Players

Beyond Basic Exercise Guidlines: Is Sitting Really the New Smoking?

February 6, 2014   4:15pm
Dr. Mary Stenson
Gorecki 120 at CSB

The "Just Stand" movement has recently gained a foothold at CSB|SJU with the addition of sit-stand workstations in Clemens Library, Murray Hall, and several faculty and staff offices. Researchers have been studying the "sitting disease," more formally termed sedentary physiology, for over a decade and have begun to conclude that simply meeting exercise guidelines is not enough to reduce risk for chronic diseases. An individual can be physically active and lead a sedentary lifestyle. The two are not mutually exclusive. The average American adult, even those who meet the general exercise guidellines, spends 55% of their waking hours sedentary. Sedentary behaviors are characterized by wakeful activities that require little physical movement, low energy expenditure, and are performed in a sitting or lying position. Sedentary time is closely related to adverse health risks even if individuals perform physical activity on a daily basis. So what exactly happens when we sit and how can moving more help us decrease our risk for chronic diseases like cardiovascular disease and diabetes? During this presentation, I will discuss why too much sitting can be detrimental to health, examine how sedentary time impacts our students, faculty, and staff, and share simple ways you can decrease your sedentary time both at work and at home.

To learn more: https://www.csbsju.edu/StandingDesks.htm

View the presentation here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cIXpqQEzwvI&feature=youtu.be

View the powerpoint presentation here.



Sustainability and Sports

Dr. Jonathan Casper, Dept of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management at North Carolina State University, presented Environmental Sustainablity in Collegiate Athletics on October 10th. He discussed "How do NCAA Division I and III athletic departments perceive and act on their organization's sutainablity practices and strategies?" and there was a panel discussion on how CSB/SJU athletic departments approach sustainablity after. The panel participants included: Derek Larson, Professor of History and Environmental Studies, Tom Stock, SJU Athletic Director, Carol Howe-Veenstra, CSB Athletic Director, Brad Sinn, CSB Physical Plant.

Listen to Dr. Jonathan Casper Discuss sports sustainablility practices and strategies

ESSS exchange program with Coventry University in London

The ESSS department coordinates an exchange program with Coventry University located in central United Kingdom. The main purpose behind this semester long program is to connect students with an interest in Sports or Event Management with an international experience. While our students will be going to the United Kingdom in the spring of 2014, CSB/SJU will be welcoming the first 6 students from Coventry University this fall.  All of the Coventry students are Sports or Event Management majors entering their second year of college. While here for the semester, the students will be fully integrated into our campus by living on campus and taking a full load of classes. In addition to the coursework, the students will participate in an internship to get pre-professional experience in the field of sport or event management. This experience will allow students to apply classroom theories into real world applications.

For more information, contact Janna LaFountaine at jlafountain@csbsju.edu.


Listen to Professor Mary Stenson talk about the highlights of the Exercise Science and Sport Studies department in this brief video introduction.

Exercise and physical activity are a cornerstone of healthy living. The Exercise Science and Sport Studies (ESSS) department is interdisciplinary by design, combining the science of human movement and exercise with social science and practical experience. At CSB/SJU, ESSS students extensively study the physiology of exercise, anatomy, the biomechanics of movement, and the practical and theoretical aspects of sport.

The ESSS minor appeals to students interested in a variety of health professions, graduate study in exercise physiology, physical therapy, cardiac and respiratory rehab, strength and conditioning, sports medicine, and coaching. ESSS students take advantage of our Exercise Science lab by incorporating hands-on experiences and research into ESSS courses. The ESSS faculty are passionate about their fields of study and committed to helping their students become competent and competitive health and exercise professionals.

Overview of Program

The Exercise Science and Sport Studies curriculum provides students the opportunity to explore the topics related to exercise, sport, and physical health from a variety of perspectives.

Graduates of the Exercise Science and Sport Studies program continue their education in graduate school and/or go on to work in a variety of health, fitness, or sport fields. Meet Our Graduates.

Program Highlights

  • Small classes and labs give you plenty of faculty interaction throughout your degree program.
  • Many opportunities for independent research. See Undergraduate Research.
  • Excellent laboratory facilities and equipment. See the facilities.
  • Student Employment opportunities a laboratory assistant, sports medicine assistant, personal trainer, or strength and conditioning assistant.
  • Sport Management/Marketing exchange program with Coventry University, UK

Contact Janna LaFountaine jlafountain@csbsju.edu