The concentration in Exercise & Movement Sciences serves students interested in biomechanics, exercise physiology, motor control, motor learning and development, sport and exercise psychology, sport history, sport sociology, at-risk youth development, and physical or occupational therapy.
Movement Science: Study of human movement from the perspective of the mover/performer (the status of performer, their abilities and characteristics), the task, what the mover is trying to accomplish (the goal of the movement or task and expected outcome), and the environmental conditions in which the task is performed.
Exercise Science: Study of human movement from the physiological perspective including the understanding the factors that influence work performance, training programs, adaptations including the reduction of risk factor for medical conditions such as coronary heart disease, cerebral vascular disease, adult-onset diabetes, obesity, and osteoporosis, as well as special conditions such as pregnancy and thither hyopkinetic illness, or adaptations that are effective youth, aged and disabled populations.
Social Science: Study of physical activity using theoretical and methodological approaches from sociology, history, cultural studies, pedagogy, psychology, youth development and philosophy focusing on the context in which activity occurs. Supports an understanding of the meanings and experiences of all forms of human physical activity for individuals and groups across the life span, from children and youth to older individuals across all forms of physical activity.