The Exercise Science major prepares students for careers in the health sciences through rigorous coursework and experiential learning.
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  • EXS 2100 Analysis & Critique
  • EXS 3200 Exercise Testing & Prescription
  • WEL 4200 Exercise & Aging
  Advising
  • Pre-Occupational Therapy
  • Pre-Athletic Training (3+2 MSAT)
  • BS. Exercise Science
  Select Publications  
  • Dischiavi, SL, AA Wright, DT Tarara, & CM Bleakley (2020). “Do exercises for patellofemoral pain reflect common injury mechanisms? A systematic review.” Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport. (Available online September 2020) https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jsams.2020.09.001
   
  • Tarara, DT, LK Fogaca, JB Taylor, & EJ Hegedus (2015). “Clinician-friendly physical performance tests in athletes Part 3: a systematic review of measurement properties and correlations to injury for tests in the upper extremity.” Br J Sports Med. 50, 
 
  • Tarara, DT, EJ Hegedus, & JB Taylor (2014). “Real-time test-retest and interrater reliability of select physical performance measures in physically active college-aged students.” Int J Sports Phys Ther, 9(7), 874-887.
 
  • Hegedus, EJ, ME Vidt & DT Tarara (2014). “The Best Combination of Physical Performance and Self-report Measures to Capture Function in Three Patient Groups.” Physical Therapy Reviews. 19(3): 196-203.
 
  • Hegedus, EJ, B Stern, MP Reiman, D Tarara & AA Wright (2013). “A suggested model for physical examination and conservative treatment of athletic pubalgia.” Physical Therapy in Sport 14(1): 3-16.
 
  • Myer, CA, EJ Hegedus, DT Tarara & DM Myer (2013). “A user’s guide to performance of the best shoulder physical examination tests.” Br J Sports Med. 47(14):903-907.
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  • PHS 2060 Human Physiology
  • EPY 2200 Exercise Physiology
  • EXS 3750 Strength & Conditioning
  • EPY 4850 Cardiovascular Exercise Physiology
  • EPY 4900 Environmental Exercise Physiology
  Advising
  • Exercise Science – Traditional
  • Exercise Science – Health and Wellness
  • Pre-Professional – Physical Therapy & Occupational Therapy
  Research Interests Dr. Kuennen’s research line examines basic and applied aspects of environmental and occupational physiology. Much of his work utilizes a specialized environmental chamber from the Darwin Chambers Company ®. Located in the Human Biomechanics and Physiology Laboratory, this chamber allows him to expose willing study participants to extremes of temperature, humidity, and altitude while they perform work and/or exercise. In addition to systems-level physiology variables, he examines blood, saliva, and urinary markers of gastrointestinal barrier permeability and the associated immune response.    Publication List [post_title] => Matthew Kuennen [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => matthew-kuennen [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2021-08-16 08:46:50 [post_modified_gmt] => 2021-08-16 12:46:50 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.highpoint.edu/?p=97956 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => faculty-staff [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [4] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 99213 [post_author] => 53 [post_date] => 2021-06-04 09:03:54 [post_date_gmt] => 2021-06-04 13:03:54 [post_content] => Susan Lad, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the departments of Exercise Science and Physical Therapy. She serves as the course director for Anatomy in the DPT program. She holds degrees in Anthropology from The Ohio State University (BA, 2012) and the University of Florida (MA, 2014 and PhD, 2018). She joined the faculty at High Point University in 2021 after completing a postdoctoral position at the University of Notre Dame.   As a biological anthropologist, Dr. Lad’s research interests lie in functional anatomy and bone biology. Her research addresses questions about bone adaptation and mechanical loading using a variety of methods to assess bony responses at different organizational levels. Specifically, her research aims to [1] better understand the lifetime adaptability of the skeleton, [2] characterize relationships between form and function, and [3] assess which types of behaviors can (or cannot) be interpreted from the skeleton in past populations.   Selected Publications: Lad SE, RJ Anderson, SA Cortese, CE Alvarez*, AD Danison†, HM Morris*, MJ Ravosa. 2021. Bone remodeling and cyclical loading in the maxilla of New Zealand White Rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus). Anat Rec. Lad SE, WS McGraw, DJ Daegling. 2019. Haversian remodeling corresponds to load frequency but not strain magnitude in the macaque (Macaca fascicularis) skeleton. Bone 127:571-576. Lad SE, JD Pampush, WS McGraw, DJ Daegling. 2019. The influence of leaping frequency on secondary bone in cercopithecid primates. Anat Rec 302:1116-1126. Lad SE, DJ Daegling, WS McGraw. 2016. Bone remodeling is reduced in high stress regions of the cercopithecoid mandible. Am J Phys Anthropol 161:426-435. [post_title] => Susan Lad [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => susan-lad [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2021-09-01 15:04:12 [post_modified_gmt] => 2021-09-01 19:04:12 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.highpoint.edu/?post_type=faculty-staff&p=99213 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => faculty-staff [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [5] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 97485 [post_author] => 53 [post_date] => 2021-06-03 16:09:21 [post_date_gmt] => 2021-06-03 20:09:21 [post_content] => [post_title] => Braden Romer [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => braden-romer [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2021-08-16 08:47:57 [post_modified_gmt] => 2021-08-16 12:47:57 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.highpoint.edu/?p=97485 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => faculty-staff [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) )
Assistant Professor of Exercise Science
Assistant Professor of Exercise Science
Assistant Professor of Exercise Science
Vision

The Department of Exercise Science strives to cultivate student development through an innovative curriculum and transformative learning experiences to develop future leaders in the field of exercise science as well as a variety of health science professions.

Mission

The mission of the Department of Exercise Science is to provide an extraordinary education through integrative student-centered teaching, research opportunities, and experiential learning related to human movement.  The scope of education and scholarship ranges from the cellular to the psychosocial; the metabolic to the mechanical. We are committed to empowering students to pursue careers or graduate education in clinical professions, fitness, wellness, sport performance, public health, and research.

What is Exercise Science?

Exercise Science is a discipline dedicated to the study of the human body and its concomitant movement system.  The academic focus of the program is necessarily interdisciplinary and as such, is focused on the structural, functional, behavioral, and sociocultural aspects of the human body.

Computer Requirement Specs for Exercise Science Majors

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The Department of Exercise Science offers the B.S. degree in Exercise Science (48 credits).

Exercise Science is an interdisciplinary field of study centered on the study of physical activity, fitness, and well-being. Because exercise science encompasses a broad range of disciplines, sub-disciplines, and professional practices, a one-size-fits-all approach does not represent the diversity of career, pre-professional and graduate school opportunities within the field.  The curriculum provides a balance in supporting a student’s pre-professional interests (e.g., pre-athletic training, pre-physical therapy, pre-occupational therapy, etc.)  and traditional exercise science end goals. The curriculum is unique and innovative and provides students with an academic value-added experience consistent with the University’s mission and values.

To graduate with this degree, students must complete the following:

B.S. in Exercise Science

Major Requirements 48 Credits
University Core Requirements 50 credits
Electives 30 credits
TOTAL 128 credits

 

Overview of the Exercise Science Major Requirements (48 credits)

I. Exercise Science Core Courses (24 credits)

  • PHS/BIO 2060/2061. Human Physiology/Lab (3/1)
  • ANA/BIO. 2070/2071 Human Anatomy/Lab (3/1)
  • EXS 2100. Analysis and Critique of Scientific Literature (4)
  • EPY 2200. Exercise Physiology (4)
  • BMC 2300. Biomechanics (4)
  • EXS 3200. Exercise Testing and Prescription (4)

II. Exercise Science Natural Science Courses (8 credits)
Choose 2 Lab Science Courses from the following courses

  • BIO 1500/1501. Principles of Cell Biology/Lab (3/1)
  • CHM 1010/1011. General Chemistry I/Lab (3/1)
  • PHY 1510/1511. General Physics I/Lab (3/1)

III. Exercise Science Upper Division Elective Courses (16 credits)
Choose four courses (16 credits) from the from any of the following content areas.
A minimum of two of the four courses must be at the 4000-level.

  • Anatomy (ANA)
  • Biomechanics (BMC)
  • Exercise Physiology (EPY)
  • Exercise Science (EXS)
  • Nutrition (NTR)
  • Wellness (WEL)

 

*Updated: February 3, 2021. Revised BS in Exercise Science (48 credits) will take effect beginning with the 2021-2022 Undergraduate Bulletin.

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