Sports Conditioning and Exercise Science Program Evolves

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kettle bellsThe Career and Technical Education (CTE) program Sports Conditioning and Exercise Science, now in its second year, continues to develop its curriculum to provide a unique educational opportunity for students in the region.

Instructor Christine Becraft is expanding the course to represent the full breadth of the field and expose students to possible careers in recreational science. The program places an increased focus on career exploration and expanding collaboration with other CTE programs, such as World of Work students receiving fitness training from students in the Exercise Science program. These collaborations can benefit students in other CTE programs and aid in their curriculum while providing Exercise Science students a chance to practice working with different types of clients.

“I’m excited to be a part of this new CTE program Sports Conditioning & Exercise Science for so many reasons!” Becraft said. “The course content is vast, including fitness training, nutrition/wellness and anatomy physiology – it will be challenging for students with a wide range of interests. A key component of the class will be to expose students to a range of career opportunities including physical education teacher, personal trainer, coach, recreation director and physical therapist. Exercise science is an ever-evolving field and having students understand the science behind their decisions will lead to healthier, happier humans.”

The course is structured around National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) guidelines and prepares students to receive certification when they are old enough to be eligible to take the required tests. A large emphasis is placed on rigorous scientific study, including kinesiology and scientific assessment of modern diet and exercise trends.

Other activities in the curriculum include designing workout plans, learning the history of exercise and studying different styles of exercise.