Open House Planned for New Facility

William Woods University plans an open house for its new Center for Human Performance at 9 a.m. Oct. 25. The new building adjoins the Helen Stephens Sports Complex.


The facility, which opened for the start of fall classes, houses the new Division of Human Performance, including physical education and athletic training programs, as well as a new program in sports management. Students will conduct tours of the building and demonstrate use of the equipment.


The one-story 12,000-square-foot building provides 10 times the amount of space formerly dedicated to athletic training. It will serve a two-fold purpose—providing state-of-the-art care to William Woods athletes and, at the same time, enhancing the university’s ability to provide clinical experiences for athletic training students. The $1.5 million project was funded by a combination of university funds and outside donations.


Larry York, athletic director, said, “At William Woods, we have 150 athletes competing in nine intercollegiate sports. From the athletic standpoint, this new facility will allow us to take even better care of our athletes than we have in the past. It ties in nicely with the overall upgrading of our sports and recreation programs and facilities.”


The building includes a large training room; hydrotherapy room; physical examination room; rehabilitation room; athletic training, physical education and sports management classrooms; faculty offices; laundry room and lounge. It is also wired for a computer lab to be added in the future.


Approximately $150,000 worth of equipment is contained in the new facility, including two whirlpools, a metabolic cart that tests cardiovascular fitness, an electric stimulator machine, an isokinetic testing machine, an ultrasound machine for the treatment of injuries and ice machines to produce ice to be applied to injuries.


Architects for the project were Jack Ball and Associates of Springfield, Mo. Kidwell Construction, Inc. of Kingdom City did a large portion of the building construction. Larry Martin, director of buildings and grounds at William Woods, was the project manager.

Marshall Robb, assistant professor of physical education and health science, oversees the new Division of Human Performance. He is particularly pleased with the new facility for all that it can offer to students majoring in athletic training, physical education and sports management.


The new sports management program “is representative of the innovative, professions-oriented programs of study for which William Woods is noted,” Betty R. Tutt, vice president and dean of academic affairs, said.


According to Robb, the coursework is a blend of sports management courses and business management courses. He explained that the program is designed to prepare students to become successful managers in sport-related agencies.


Possible career opportunities could include professional sports, motor sports, YMCA/YWCA’s, sports arenas, commercial recreation facilities, fitness centers, golf clubs, intercollegiate athletic departments, municipal recreation programs, private fitness centers, Jewish Community Centers, residential and day camps and corporate wellness centers.


Athletic training students, on the other hand, are preparing to work in the areas of prevention and care of athletic injuries. At William Woods, they follow a prescribed course of study in exercise physiology, kinesiology, orthopedic and non-orthopedic assessment, therapeutic exercise and rehabilitation, therapeutic modalities, nutrition, personal health, human anatomy, human physiology, first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation and general psychology.


Students gain hands-on experience and acquire clinical skills in internship and practicum courses under the supervision of a certified athletic trainer. Most of the clinical experiences occur on-campus, but a number of opportunities are available off-campus, in such settings as colleges, clinics and high schools. The clinical experience allows students to formally accumulate the 1,500 hours currently required to sit for the NATABOC exam.


The third program in the division is physical education. P.E. majors develop their physical fitness skills through a program of activities and studies designed to prepare them to work with sports and fitness in programs outside of schools. They study the psychological, sociological and biological aspects of athletics, as well as take part in physical education activities.