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 exercise and being active. Kinesiology and Sport Performance professionals are involved in helping others to maintain and enhance their health and athletic performance. You will acquire the necessary knowledge, skills, and capabilities in order to plan, implement, and evaluate training and fitness programs for diverse clients, patients, and athletes.
The Kinesiology and Sport Performance major involves an interdisciplinary applied science curriculum that relates evidenced based theory to practical real-world applications for personal training, athletic training, and athletic coaching. Undergraduate study in Kinesiology and Sport Performance provides preparation for advanced study in such areas as biomechanics, exercise physiology, athletic training, chiropractic medicine, physical education, and occupational and physical therapy.
The Department of Health, Kinesiology, and Sport Management (HKSM) at Parkside offers a curriculum that provides 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 field 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.
Dr. Palao has published more than 200 peer-reviewed articles, several text manuals, and scientific monographs, and he has directed more than 20 dissertations and master’s theses. 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 (Spain). The Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation has twice recognized his research done in six-year periods (2002-2007 and 2008-2013). 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.