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Sport, Exercise and Wellness
Donna Starr Christen College of Healthcare, Fitness and Sciences

Sport, Exercise and Wellness (SPX)
The sport, exercise and wellness major is designed as a general studies program in exercise and sports studies. It is intended for those interested in strength and conditioning and prepares students for the goal of becoming a nationally certified strength and conditioning specialist and/or personal trainer. It is not intended for those who plan to be employed in K-12 education. Students majoring in sport, exercise and wellness must also complete a minor and/or a second major to fulfill DWU graduation requirements. Individuals interested in fitness club management should consult with the business department or Kelley Center for a minor which will assist in the development of skills in finance and management. A criminal background check may be required for this major.

Major
Sport, Exercise and Wellness

SPX 140

Introduction to Sport, Exercise and Wellness

2

SPX 211

Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries

2

SPX 240

Methods of Free Weights and Conditioning

3

SPX 310

Motor Learning and Control

3

SPX 315

Kinesiology

3

SPX 320

Exercise in Selected Populations

3

SPX 345

Organization and Administration of Physical Education

3

SPX 362

Psychological Dynamics of Sport

3

SPX 410

Physiology of Exercise

3

SPX 450

Internship

6-12

ATN 305

Evaluation and Prescription of Health and Fitness Program

3

ATN 320

Human Nutrition

3

BIO 220

Anatomy and Physiology I

4

BIO 330

Anatomy and Physiology II

4

HLT 210

First Aid and CPR

2

MTH 200

Statistical Methods I

3

 

Electives*

 

 

Total

50-56

Minor
Coaching
The minor is intended for those who are interested in coaching as a secondary or part-time career. This minor would also equip an individual to serve as an assistant coach or coach of youth sports in a recreational setting.

The state of South Dakota requires SPX 211 and a theory of coaching course in the individual?s chosen sport for certification as a head coach. Those seeking employment a coach outside of South Dakota should contact that state?s athletic association as each state will have requirements that may or may not be established within this minor. A criminal background check may be required for this minor.

SPX 211

Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries

2

SPX 240

Methods of Free Weights and Conditioning

3

SPX 362

Psychological Dynamics of Sport

3

HLT 210

First Aid and CPR

2

HPR 335-343

Theory of Coaching

2

HPR 360

Rules of Officiating

2

HPR 450

Coaching Practicum

3

 

Elective*

3

 

Total

20

*Electives:

SPX 315

Kinesiology

SPX 410

Physiology of Exercise

ATN 305

Evaluation and Prescription of Health and Fitness Programs

ATN 320

Human Nutrition

 

 

 

Additional courses selected with approval of the academic adviser to provide for one or more areas of concentration.

Course Descriptions

140 Introduction to Sport, Exercise and Wellness 2 hours F
This is an introductory course for sport, exercise and wellness majors.  The course introduces students to the concepts, theories and principles related to all aspects of sport, exercise, health and wellness.  This course is intended for those who desire to obtain a career pathway in strength and conditioning, personal training and/or related fields.

211 Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries 2 hours S
This course is designed to improve the professional competency of people who work with athletic teams.  Appropriate instructional methods and effective healthcare for athletes based upon sound physiological and psychological principles are the foundations of the course.  Students will practice the skills of injury recognition, evaluation and taping, and will discuss the principles of therapeutic modalities.

240 Methods of Free Weights and Conditioning 3 hours S
This course studies the various methods and techniques used in free-weight training and conditioning.  The focus of study will be targeted toward sport-specific exercises, progression of exercise, methods of determining strength, lifting and spotting techniques, and plyometric exercise.
Prerequisite: BIO 220 or consent of instructor.

275 Field Experience 1-2 hours TBA

299 Selected Topics – Basic 1-3 hours TBA

310 Motor Learning and Control 3 hours F
This course investigates the principles of human performance and acquisition of motor skills.  Attention is principally devoted to learning theories, reinforcement, transfer, massed and distributed practice schedules, closed and open skills, motivation, feedback, stimulation, motor control systems and retention of motor skills.  Recent research evidence is presented in all topical areas.

315 Kinesiology 3 hours S
This course examines the kinesiological, anatomical and mechanical concepts requisite to critical assessment, description and qualitative analysis of human exercises, sport and locomotive activities. 
Prerequisite: BIO 220.

320 Exercise in Selected Populations 3 hours S14
This advanced course will explore and identify the characteristics and values of demographic data and discuss the rationale for providing fitness activity services.  It will specifically discuss the indications, contraindications and precautions associated with exercise evaluations and prescription in nontraditional populations: in persons with pregnancy, metabolic syndromes, geriatrics, immunocompromised, cancer and other related conditions.
Prerequisite: ATN 305.

345 Organization and Administration of Physical Education 3 hours S
This course includes the principles, practices, methods, and procedures of health and physical education on both the elementary and secondary school levels.  Emphasis is placed on the coordination of instructional, athletic and intramural programs.

362 Psychological Dynamics of Sport 3 hours S
This course investigates the psychological constructs and concepts that relate to and help explain the phenomena of sport performance.  The course principally devotes attention to theories of goal setting, attribution, stress and stress management, cognitive coping strategies, psychological rehabilitation of the injured athlete and self-confidence.  Recent research evidence is presented in all topical areas.

410 Physiology of Exercise 3 hours F
This course investigates the physiological adjustments of the human organism to exercise, including neuromuscular, metabolic and cardiorespiratory changes that occur with acute and chronic exercise, and the influence of such variables as nutrition, drugs, environment, gender, age, training and body weight.
Prerequisite: BIO 122.

450 Internship 6-12 hours F,S

460 Independent Study 1-3 hours F,S
This course requires individualized research, specialized study or scholarly writing in the field of sport, exercise and wellness.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

499 Selected Topics – Advanced 1-3 hours TBA

 

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