Traditionally, personal training has been associated with one trainer and one individual or client with the goal of improving his or her appearance or health: a simple and straightforward relationship. However, personal trainers are increasingly venturing into multiple areas of sport. Trainers are now expected to improve performance and reduce blood pressure for a client, while managing a training facility in addition to coaching a youth basketball team. Likewise, coaches and administrators are venturing into the personal training field in order to work one-on-one with athletes. By earning a Master’s degree in Sports Management, Sports Coaching, Sports Medicine, Sports Studies, or Sports Fitness with an emphasis in Personal Training, you will be able to study a specific area of sport while learning the fundamentals of personal training, allowing you to gain the skills necessary to work one-on-one with any population, from elite athletes to the elderly.
SAR 526 Personal Training (3 sem. hrs.)
This course will combine sports science and entrepreneurial principles toward the design and implementation of a personal training business. This course requires a final exam.
SAR 587 Management Strategies in Health & Fitness (3 sem. hrs.)
The study of the basic concepts, theories, and organization of management as applied to the field of health and fitness. Topics include organizational structure and function, program development and administration, human resource management, financial management, inventory control, information management, insurance issues, and legal considerations in health and fitness. This course requires a final exam.
SAD 556 Issues in Nutrition and Health (3 sem. hrs.)
This course covers the principles of sound nutrition as they relate to the athlete as well as to the average individual in our society. In addition, it covers physiological aspects: how nutrition affects the body in terms of optimal health. This course requires a final exam.