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Kinesiology Cognates & Specializations

Kinesiology careers may deal with human movement, physical activity, nutrition, human health and wellness. The major provides excellent preparation for graduate school programs in medicine and clinical health care. The curriculum includes courses in Kinesiology, General Science, University Writing and Integrative Studies. In addition, students choose a career cognate, adding courses related to their choice for a minimum of twelve credits. However, depending on the choice, twenty to thirty cognate credits may be required as preparation for graduate school. Career cognates are not visible on transcripts and are used as career emphases areas for résumés and graduate schools.

Kinesiology Career Cognates
Adapted Physical Activity

This career is for students interested in working with persons who have disabilities in educational, community, and clinical settings, and who plan to pursue disciplinary research involving participants who have disabilities. Exposure to this field also enhances work within careers such as Coaching, Personal Training, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Medicine, or other health care professions.

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Administration

These careers are for students interested in business and sports administration in a variety of settings: Athletic Director, Recreation Program or School Intramural Sports Supervisor, School or Professional Sports Team Coach, Health Club or Sports Facility Manager, Professional Sports Team Administrator, Sporting Goods Manager, Sports Marketer, Sports Promotions Manager, Sports Equipment Manager.

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Biomechanics

This career is for students interested in working in mobility analysis settings in hospitals and private labs, performing pre/post surgery mobility evaluations, determining need for prosthetics, design of sport shoes, clothing or safety equipment, and analysis of sports techniques. Also for students who plan to pursue graduate work leading to academic and research positions in colleges and universities.

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Cardiac Rehabilitation

This career is for students interested in working with the assessment of cardiovascular functioning for the prevention of cardiovascular trauma or for rehabilitation of individuals who have experienced cardiovascular problems. Students may also need to pursue graduate work in Exercise Physiology or clinical cardiovascular certification.

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Communication

This career is for students interested in sport, health, and wellness promotion: Pharmaceutical Sales representative, Sports Broadcaster, Sports Writer, Sports Reporter, College Sports Information Director, Sports Public Relations Manager, Professional Sports Team Marketer, Event Management and Sports Promotions Manager.

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Exercise Physiology

Exercise physiologists work in health promotion, fitness development, colleges and universities, clinical rehabilitation, and sport and athletic programs. This career is for students interested in working in research or practice-based areas of performance and heat stress, performance and altitude, fluid balance, motor functions, exercise testing of athletes, nutrition, and development of physical fitness programs in the prevention of disease and disability.

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Fitness Leadership

These careers are for students interested in a variety of health and wellness settings: Strength and Conditioning Instructor, Personal Trainer, Corporate Wellness Director, Aerobics or Swimming Instructor, Water Sports Facility Manager, YMCA/YWCA Instructor, Health and Wellness Educator, etc.

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Growth & Motor Development

This career is for students interested in university-level academic positions in teaching and research in providing clinical services in the overall development of children and youth and children’s acquisition of sports skills.

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Nutrition for Physical Activity

This career is for students interested in dietary patterns that influence the health and well-being of individuals in fitness and wellness. It is connected to careers in Corporate Wellness, Fitness Leadership, Personal Training, Human Nutrition, Sports Nutrition, Exercise Physiology, and Athletic Training.

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Orthotics and Prosthetics

This career is for students interested in working to construct, fit, maintain, and repair braces, artificial appliances, joints, arch supports, and other surgical and medical appliances. They work with podiatrists or orthotists who request braces, supports, and corrective shoes, and clinicians who order prostheses, such as an arm, leg, hand, or foot, for patients who need them due to a birth defect, trauma, or amputation.

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Pre-Professional

These careers are for students interested in a variety of health care professions: Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physician, Physician Assistant, Chiropractor, Dentistry, Optometry, Pharmacy, etc.

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Psychological Aspects of Physical Activity

This career is for students interested in working in community recreation and senior centers, nonprofit organizations that promote sport and physical activity: Recreation Director, Community Physical Activity Leader, Youth Sport Director, Coach, Peace Corps, etc. The focus can lead to graduate work in Sport Psychology, Sport Sociology, Rehabilitation Counseling, Therapeutic Recreation, Sport Management, and Social Work.

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Specializations Available Through the Department of Kinesiology
A specialization may be used as a cognate area or may be added to enhance a career cognate. They are interdisciplinary programs of thematically-related courses separate from the major. Specializations are noted on transcripts and are used as career emphases areas for résumés. There are two Kinesiology-related specializations:

Health Promotion

The state of people’s health and the quality of life in America today are matters of serious concern. This specialization is designed to assist students in understanding health issues that will serve as a basis for personal and professional growth and positive lifestyle changes. The specialization is multidisciplinary with an emphasis on preparing students for possible positions dealing with fitness, wellness and prevention of illness and disease.

For information on this specialization, please contact a KIN advisor.


Coaching

Participation in athletics can be an integral component in the educational and developmental process of young people. The nature of the experience gained from participation in an athletic program is strongly influenced by the qualifications and experiences of those who coach. The specialization focuses on physiological, sociological, philosophical, ethical and administrative issues related to coaching school, community-youth, and adult competitive sports programs.

For information on this specialization, please contact a KIN advisor.