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Exercise Science Internships and Hands-On-Learning

Students who choose an exercise science major at the University of Mount Union have ample opportunities to get “real-world” kinesiology experience outside of the classroom. By getting involved in these experiential and clinical field opportunities, you can strengthen your skills in prevention, diagnosis, immediate care and rehabilitation of athletic-related injuries and illnesses. This hands-on experience is given through a number of Individualized Direct Experiences (IDEs), which provide structured opportunities for students to work with a multitude of various populations, depending on their area of interest. A few examples of IDE courses are Adult Exercise, Healthy Campus and Sport Coach.

Experiential learning opportunities will give you many chances to put classroom knowledge to work. These opportunities include:

  • Independent research
      • Can a Typical Swimmer’s Snorkel Elicit the Same Physiological Effects as an Acute Sojourn to Moderate Altitude. This project assessed the ability of a snorkel worn during training to elicit the same physiological adaptations as altitude training.
      • The Effects of Palm Cooling During Aerobic Training. The purpose of this project was to determine if handheld cooling packs could assist the body in maintaining core temperature while exercising in the heat.
      • Does beta-alanine supplementation affect muscular performance after caffeine ingestion? This study examined the effects of caffeine ingestion compared to beta-alanine supplementation in power output, repetitions to failure, rate of perceived exertion, focus, alertness and fatigue.
  • Research with faculty or student peers
    • The fall of 2013 saw 3 students and 1 faculty member travel to Grenada Spain to present original research conducted at Mount Union on the effects of caffeine on muscular performance. Related research will also be presented in the summer of 2014 at the International Society of Sports Nutrition national conference in Clearwater, Florida.
  • Laboratory experience
    • Students are routinely involved in running maximal aerobic capacity tests (VO2max), body composition testing via air displacement plethysmography (Bod Pod), Electromyography (EMG), power output and rate of force development (Ballistic Measurement System) and anaerobic power tests (Wingate) using a cycle ergometer.
  • Exercise science internships
    • Students have interned at Kent State University and Kansas State University as Strength & Conditioning Coaches. Students have also interned at sport performance facilities such as Premier Sports Conditioning and T3 Sports Performance. Students have also gained internship experience at YMCAs and physical therapy clinics serving in a variety of capacities.
  • Campus programs
    • Healthy Campus Initiative
    • MAAC Fitness Trainers and Group Exercise Instructors
  • Community-based fitness programs
    • YMCA Girls in Fitness Together (GIFT) and Boys in Fitness Together (BIFT) programs
    • Elementary school programs in Beloit, OH and Damascus, OH - Provide mentorship to students through educational programming about health, exericse, nutrition and other positive lifestyle choices.
  • Community Service
    • Biggest Healthy Loser Challenge with Alliance Community Hospital
    • Exercise trainers for Copeland Oaks Retirement Community in Sebring, OH
    • Alliance Community Hospital - Provide a transition program for patients leaving physical therapy but still needing supervision in their rehab and training.
    • Alliance, OH Fire Department - Provide initial assessment of fitness status for the firefighters and design an exercise program to help the firefightesr be physically prepared to perform their job duties.

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