Kinesiology and sport performance major
The sport and fitness industry has experienced dramatic growth over the past 20 years. The need for expertise in kinesiology and sport performance has grown into a discipline where specialization exists in a multidimensional sense. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for a career such as athletic training is predicted to grow 23%, which is much faster than the average growth.
Kinesiology and sport performance is the perfect major for individuals with a passion for healthy living. Graduates who study kinesiology and sport performance are involved in helping others and are filled with the knowledge and experience it takes to develop customized fitness programs and support for all types of wellness seekers.
Kinesiology and sport performance combines a strong background in math, chemistry, and physics that prepares you for potential careers in administration, coaching, marketing, consulting, journalism, personal training, directing fitness facilities, program development, and public relations. Undergraduate study in kinesiology and sport performance provides preparation for advanced study in such areas as biomechanics, exercise physiology, kinesiology, athletic training, occupational therapy, and physical therapy.
The Health, Exercise Science and Sport Management Department (HESM) at Parkside offers a curriculum that provides exercise science majors the possibility of obtaining an education in lifetime wellness and activities. Kinesiology and sport performance certificates are designed to supplement an existing major with career-specific course work and enhance employment opportunities.
Graduates find employment within the sport or fitness fields with numerous types of organizations including amateur and professional sport organizations, educational institutions, health and fitness centers, private and municipal recreation programs, or the sporting-goods industry.
Jose Palao Andres
Assistant Professor of Health, Exercise Science and Sport Management
Jose M. Palao is originally from Cartagena, Spain. Dr. Palao completed his licensure as well as his doctorate in Physical Activity and Sport at the University of Granada. In 2006, he was named a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the University of Northern Iowa, and in 2010, he was granted the Best Research Study distinction by the XXIX Sports Awards of the Region of Murcia in Spain. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist by the National Strength and Conditioning Association and has Level 4 Accreditation for Performance Analysts by the International Society of Performance Analysis of Sport.