What do rugby and exercise studies have in common? For exercise studies major Daniel Wood ’13, it means using his major while playing a sport he loves. “For my internship, I want to join a rugby team in Denver,” he said. “I’ll be doing physical therapy and playing rugby. Never thought I'd be able to do both!”

The Exercise Studies Program has been designed to provide students with practical, hands-on experience in the field of wellness. Faculty members provide an academic and practitioner perspective by incorporating their work with athletic teams on campus.Exercise Studies

Classes cover a range of athletic training techniques, first aid and CPR, medical terminology, biomechanics and nutrition. Students gain practical field experience through observing emergency treatment, participating in ambulance calls through a licensed EMT response facility and working under a qualified professional through their internship. Each student is prepared to conduct individual exercise programs and fitness testing.

This program meets the requirements to sit for the ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine/Fitness Instructor certification) and/or the NSCA (National Strength and Conditioning Association) NCSA-CPT.

“It’s cool when some of my friends ask me to help them come up with a training schedule,” says Daniel. “I get to use what I learn in the classroom.”