Students in exercise science and sport studies participate in a variety of Student-as-Practitioner experiences. Some of the activities bring exercise science studies majors in contact with the campus community. For example, students in Nutrition for Sport and Exercise (ESS 201) are required to perform nutritional analyses for members of the Lakeland community and present these individuals with suggestions for dietary modifications. This project not only develops studentsí analytical skills but their interpersonal skills as well, for they must convey their disciplinary expertise in an understandable way to someone without the same knowledge background. In ESS 344, Anaerobic Conditioning, students conduct athletic performance testing, including testing functional movements, plyometrics, speed, and agility and make recommendations for improvements for safety and efficiency. They also design portions of a periodized training plan for a sport of their choosing. In ESS 425, Exercise Prescription I, students create an exercise program for an apparently healthy population as well as lead the class in at least one group exercise session.
Other activities require students to hone their organizational and promotional skills. Students in Introduction to Sport Studies (ESS 144) conduct a sporting event/project in conjunction with a specific college organization, such as intramurals, varsity athletics, student activities, the student athletic advisory committee, and/or the athletic department. This initial contact expands in Sports Marketing and Promotion (ESS 315) where students prepare a marketing plan for a sports program; Organization and Management of Sport Programs (ESS 410), where students organize and manage a sporting event on campus; and Sociology of Sport (SOC 321), where students are required to observe, record, and reflect on a specific aspect of physical activity and/or sport in the surrounding community.Learn more about the Student As Practitioner Program