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Exercise Science

How do we know there is a need for Exercise Science professionals?

Employment of fitness, wellness, health and medical professionals is expected to grow faster than the average. This is driven by health professionals playing a central and critical role in improving access and quality health care for the population. They provide essential services that promote health, prevent diseases and deliver health care services to individuals, families and communities based on the primary health care approach.

What are some of the things I would do/learn junior year?

  • Careers opportunities under the exercise science umbrella

  • Introduction to health and wellness
  • Bones, joints, muscles
  • Working out with various equipment, such as BOSU, stability ball, no equipment, Thera-bands, medicine balls, etc.
  • Muscles at work, such as types of muscle contraction, strength development, etc.
  • Performance enhancing substance use and abuse
  • Proper weight lifting procedures and muscles worked
  • Evaluation in the field of fitness

What are some of the things I would do/learn senior year?

  • Medical terminology

  • Human nutrition and healthy weight management
  • Prevention, recognition, treatment and rehabilitation of athletic injuries
  • In-class internships observations to view careers such as Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Nursing, Physician Assistant, Chiropractics, Athletic Training, Personal Training, Physical Education etc.

What are some examples of projects we do?

  • Showcase - similar to a science fair but work/compete in small groups against Exercise Science programs from other schools

  • Muscle manual - learn specifics about 50 main muscles of the body
  • Labs - taping, elastic bandaging, workouts, therapeutic modalities
  • Research and present concerning topics such as careers, alternative health care, ergogenic aids, weight machines, athletic injuries
  • Personal nutrition evaluation

How will I benefit from taking Exercise Science, Sport and Recreation Health Care Tech Prep?

Students will: learn a wide variety of material to prepare them for their continued education in the field of their choice, qualify for college credit while completing the high school program (earn up to 19 college credit hours), a $3,000 scholarship, advanced standing and numerous internship observation opportunities.  

What are the possible college credits that can be earned?

  • Sinclair Community College - credits on Sinclair transcript upon completion of program

  • Human Biology - Bio 1107 (4 credits) - taken in the Exercise Science block during junior year with Mr. Cary; requires an average passing grade on five online tests administered in class
  • First Aid and CPR - ALH 1132 (1 credit) - we will work with the fire department and will become American Heart Association certified in first aid, CPR and AED
  • Basic Life Support First Aid and CPR - ALH 1130 (1 credit) - we will work with the fire department and will become American Heart Association certified in first aid, CPR and AED
  • CCP - Human Nutrition- DIT 1525 (3 credits) Taught Senior year by a Sinclair professor during the exercise science block at Centerville High School
  • CTAG course - receives credit upon successful completion on the end of program tests
  • Intro to Exercise Science and Health Promotions - CTES001 (3 credits)
  • Lifetime Fitness and Wellness - CTES002 (3 credits)
  • Medical Terminology - CTMTS001 (2 credits) 

What are some possible career areas I could pursue?

The exercise science program lays a fantastic groundwork for students that have an interest in pursuing an education and career in many of the fields in the fitness, wellness, health and medical career fields.  This is not an all inclusive list but possible career fields include:

  • Post High School Graduation: Phlebotomist, Radiology Aide, Nurse Aide, Dental Assistant, Medical Assistant, Personal Trainer, Home Health Aide
  • Post Associate Degree: LPN, Dental Assist, Dental Hygienist, Dietetic Technician, Physical Therapy Assistant, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Paramedic/EMT, Pharmacy Tech, Medical Lab Tech, Surgical Tech, Sonographer/Radiographer
  • Post Bachelor’s Degree: Registered Nurse (BSN), Dietician, Respiratory Therapist, Speech/Language Pathologist, Audiologist, Athletic Trainer, Registered Dietician, Medical Technologist
  • Beyond Bachelor’s Degree: Dentist, Physical Therapist, Occupational Therapist, Optometrist, Physician Assistant, Physician, Nurse Practitioner, Ophthalmologist, Veterinarian, Exercise Physiologist, Chiropractor, Pharmacist, Radiologist, Pathologist
  • Possible Work Settings might include: Health Clubs, Recreation Centers, Laboratories, Schools or Universities, Military, Sports Equipment Retailers, Private Homes, Community Outreach Programs, Cruise Ships, Police, Fire, EMS, Health Care Facilities (hospitals, extended care facilities, retirement facilities), Corporate or Community Fitness Centers

What do I have to do to Apply for the CHS Exercise Science, Sport, and Recreation Health Care Tech Prep program?

Sophomore Students will be provided additional information about the career education programs available through advisory near the beginning of 2nd semester.  Students will have the opportunity to fill out the universal career education program application and select Exercise Science as a program of interest.  Once the applications have been completed Mrs. Whitaker will contact you either through advisory or your school email to inform you of your interview time. If you have any further questions or need more information about the program, feel free to speak with Mrs. Whitaker in C260 or email her.

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Ms. Maria Whitaker
Exercise Science Teacher