The exercise science program at William Woods University has met the criteria recommended by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) for official recognition. Recognition is good for three years.
“When we started the exercise science major two years ago, one of the goals was to have the major endorsed by the National Strength and Conditioning Association,” said Marshall Robb, assistant professor and chair of the division of human performance. “This gives our program credibility with a nationally recognized organization.”
One of the benefits of recognition is that WWU may use a recognition statement on forms, documents and recruiting materials. The program will be listed on the NSCA website and in NSCA publications. In addition, students will receive discounts on their certification examinations.
“NSCA’s Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) certification and Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) certification are the two best certifications in the field,” Robb said. “It is very important for our students to have easy access to these certifications.”
Exercise science was added as a fourth major within the division of human performance in the fall of 2004. The division, which was founded in 2002, also includes athletic training, sports management and physical education.
Designed to give students the necessary academic preparation and practical experience to serve as fitness and exercise specialists, exercise science courses include exercise physiology, biomechanics, fitness/wellness assessment and exercise leadership and programming.
Robb is in charge of the exercise science program along with Bob Jones, the strength and conditioning coach for the WWU athletic department. Both Robb and Jones are Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).