#5- The number five #MyMajorAtHPU is Exercise Science. The Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science at High Point University prepares students for graduate study in the fields of physical and occupational therapy, physician assistant studies, exercise physiology, biomechanics or wellness. Furthermore, students are prepared to work in commercial fitness, corporate wellness and strength and conditioning. It also serves as an excellent preparation for those wishing to take certifying examinations offered by the American College of Sports Medicine or the National Strength and Conditioning Association among others.
Institute for Human Health and Sports Science
The Institute for Human Health and Sports Science (H2S2), housed in the Human Biomechanics and Physiology Laboratory, is the first interdisciplinary institute at High Point University. Home to all of the faculty in the Department of Physical Therapy, the Institute is also a virtual home to faculty and clinicians from multiple disciplines around the university, the state, the nation and the globe. These experts are dedicated to injury prevention, rehabilitation and the improved performance of active people. The combination of these experts from multiple disciplines, the physical space and the equipment make the Institute and the Lab unlike any other.
Human Biomechanics & Physiology Laboratory
The Human Biomechanics & Physiology Laboratory consists of 13,500 square feet of awe-inspiring research, teaching and clinical space. The centerpiece of the lab is our biomechanics area that consists of a large, open space surrounded by 24 motion capture cameras, featuring three force plates and an instrumented treadmill. In addition the biomechanics area boasts truly unique functional motion-capture-areas with a golf simulator, turf field and wooden court surface. The physiology component of the lab includes an environmental chamber, wet lab, anti-gravity treadmills, metabolic carts, a wireless EMG for tracking muscle activity and a DEXA scanner that measures bone density.
Student Success & Career Opportunities
The Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science features three concentrations:
- Exercise Physiology
- Health and Wellness
In addition, the department offers a strength and conditioning minor to specifically prepare students prepared for taking certifying examinations offered by the National Strength and Conditioning Association.