Sports Science and Performance Programming, BS

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Through theoretical and practical application, you learn the art and science of maximizing human performance capabilities for competition, work or recreation and to reduce the potential of injury for those participants.

Sports science and performance programming focuses on understanding and optimizing physical abilities for active groups ranging from sports to occupational to tactical populations. The ability to work with individuals at close to maximal effort requires specialized knowledge and skills related to these specific populations. The National Strength and Conditioning Association identifies the need for the sports performance and tactical performance specialist to be more knowledgeable about all areas of human physiology and movement mechanics in order to keep up with the ever-expanding technologies used to monitor and provide feedback to the coach and participant.

The BS program in sports science and performance programming prepares students to work with participants whose primary objective is maximizing their performance potential, regardless of the environment. Pushing the limits of performance for success in sports, combat or other tactical situations as well as understanding the stress the body undergoes during training for sport, work or recreational activities allows degree recipients to best plan successful exercise and recovery programs. Graduates are well-prepared to sit for the test to become a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist or a Tactical Strength and Conditioning Facilitator through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, to work in the sports performance field, or for graduate study in advanced 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
Biomedical Engineers7.2%$88,040
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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