Sports Science and Performance Programming, BS

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Do you love sports? Are you interested in helping people reach their peak performance --- safely? Learn the art and science of maximizing human performance across competitive and intense environments.

Supporting individuals at close to maximal effort requires specialized knowledge and skills. The BS program in sports science and performance programming prepares students to work with participants whose objective is maximizing their performance potential in sports, occupational and tactical environments.

The National Strength and Conditioning Association has identified a need for sports performance and tactical performance specialists to be more knowledgeable about human physiology and movement mechanics and the technologies used to provide feedback to coaches and participants. Graduates understand how to push the limits of performance in sports and tactical situations as well as the stress the body undergoes during training for sports, work or recreational activities, enabling them to plan successful exercise and recovery programs.

Graduates are prepared to pursue certification as a strength and conditioning specialist or a tactical strength and conditioning facilitator through NCSA, to work in the sports performance field, or for graduate study in sports science programs.

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Sports Science and Performance Programming, BS

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Career outlook

Career options for this degree include opportunities in sports performance training in high school, collegiate, professional and private sector markets. In addition, students are prepared for careers in tactical performance training with local, state and national governmental agencies including work with police, firefighters and military personnel.

Example careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:


Career*growth*median salary
Athletic Trainers 22.8%$46,630
Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians 9.9%$55,270
Coaches and Scouts 12.9%$32,270
Exercise Physiologists 13.1%$49,090
Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors 10.1%$39,210
Fitness and Wellness Coordinators 10.6%$81,630
General and Operations Managers 9.1%$100,410
Sports Medicine Physicians 11.4%#

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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