Exercise science program offers new options

By Susann Robbins

Laramie County Community College's exercise science program has received a facelift and now has two tracks from which students may choose: the exercise science track and the physical education track.

Students interested in these programs are most likely to go into careers in exercise science, sports medicine, physical therapy, athletic training, strength and conditioning coaching, physical education and related fields.

Both tracks are associate degree transferable programs so students can transfer to a four-year university and pursue physical education and exercise science, said Cindy Henning, health science and wellness coordinator.

The "new" program has been approved and received input from an advisory board specially assembled for this reason. The advisory board consisted of representatives from the University of Wyoming, University of Northern Colorado, fitness facilities in Cheyenne and representatives from Cheyenne Regional Medical Center. The program has already been offered.

"Right now, we are in the process of really getting the information about it out there and getting it into next year's catalog," Henning said.

Courses that students should take for the physical education track include all the general education requirements (like psychology and English); beginning racquetball, beginning swimming, spinning classes, snowshoeing, first aid course, foundation class (physical education history and how it changed during the last 100 years), weight training classes, martial arts classes, Pilates, yoga, rock climbing, fencing and therapeutic relaxation.

More classes can be found online and in the new catalog.

Courses that students should take for the exercise science track include all the general education requirements; care and prevention of athletic injuries, first aid and safety course, nutrition, functional kinesiology, human life span development, stress management, drugs and behavior and the sociology of sport. Other courses and classes may be found online and in the new catalog.

Physical education scholarships are available, but no internships are built into the exercise science track, Henning said.

For the physical education track a capstone course will be added at the end of the last semester, in which students actually will teach a lesson to their fellow students.

So students will have a real opportunity to apply what they have learned in classes, Henning said.