Department of Exercise, Health, and Sport Sciences

Course Descriptions

SPM 100 Introduction to Exercise, Health, and Sport Sciences
This course orients the student to the expectations of a baccalaureate education in athletic training, exercise science, or health sciences. Allied health historical perspectives, education, careers, certification, and professional associations are explored. Educating the students about the structure and progression of the three degrees will be discussed. Outside field experiences will be required. Cr 3.

SPM 210 Clinical Athletic Training Principles I
An introduction to the principles of prevention, examination, treatment, and reconditioning of physical activity injuries. Lecture information prepares students for supervised clinical experiences. Completion of a minimum of 30, and a maximum of 50 clinical observation hours required. Prerequisites: ALT major; 24 University credit hours completed; minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50; SPM 100 or concurrent; SPM/REC 216 or concurrent; BIO 111, 112 or SCI 170, 171 or concurrent; Co-requisite: SPM 211. Cr 2.

SPM 211 Protective Taping and Wrapping
An introduction to the principles of taping and wrapping as they pertain to preventative, protective, and post injury situations. In addition, basic skills in stretching will be taught. Laboratory course in which the completion of competencies prepare students for supervised clinical experience. Prerequisites: ALT major; SPM 100 or concurrent; SPM/REC 216 or concurrent; Co-requisite: SPM 210. Cr 1.

SPM 216 Emergency Response
This course will cover the topics prescribed by the American Red Cross in their emergency response course, including respiratory and cardiac emergencies, wounds, poisoning, sudden illness, burns and other topics. Successful completion of the course requirements will lead to Emergency Response certification, including adult, child, and infant CPR, from the American Red Cross. Equivalent to CON 216 or REC 216. Cr 3.

SPM 219 Lifetime Physical Fitness and Wellness
The primary emphasis of this course is to teach students how to take control of their personal health and lifestyle habits. Major areas will include nutrition/weight management, fitness training techniques, flexibility, coronary risk factor management, muscular strength/endurance, stress management, and other wellness-related topics. Class content will include readings, discussions, self-assessment activities, and development of personalized nutrition and physical activity plans. Equivalent to CON 219 or REC 219. Cr 3.

SPM 230 Psychology of Physical Activity and Sport
This course presents an overview of concepts, theories, principles, and research related to exercise and sport behaviors. Practical application of psychological principles and techniques that help facilitate behavior change during exercise and sport activities will be covered. Prerequisites: ALT, EXS, or HLS major; SPM 100. Cr 3.

SPM 235 Lab Techniques in Nutrition and Exercise
An introduction to laboratory techniques that are found in the nutritional and exercise sciences. Students will be introduced to the concepts of energy exchange in the human body and the measurement of those exchanges. Emphasis will also be placed on the impact nutritional practices have on human performance and disease. Prerequisites: ALT or EXS major; SPM 100 or concurrent. Cr 3.

SPM 260 Introduction to Personal Training
An overview of the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed by fitness instructors to plan, implement, and evaluate safe and effective exercise programs. Emphasis is on exercise programs for individuals. Prerequisites: EXS major; SPM 100 or concurrent. Cr 3.

SPM 265 Therapeutic Modalities
An exploration of the physical principles, physiological effects, indications, contraindications, safety precautions, and operating procedures of therapeutic modalities. Includes application of modalities in the laboratory setting. Prerequisites: ALT major; SPM 100, 210, 211; SPM/REC 216 or concurrent. 2 credits lecture, 1 credit lab. Cr 3.

SPM 270 Athletic Training Clinic I
Completion of a minimum of 150, and a maximum of 175 clinical hours applying proficiency knowledge and skills in an athletic training clinical setting. The first clinical course for students enrolled in the athletic training major. Prerequisites: ALT major; SPM 100, 210, 211; SPM/REC 216. Cr 2.

SPM 302 Pharmacology for Athletic Training and Exercise Science
This course is an introduction to the general concepts and principles of pharmacology as it relates to the profession of athletic training and disciplines within the exercise sciences. An explanation of pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic principles will be presented. The course will cover the indications, contraindications, precautions, dose information, allergies, and adverse side effects of prescription and non-prescription drugs as they relate to injuries or illnesses commonly acquired by the physically active person. The potential problematic interaction of medications will also be addressed. The governing regulations relevant to treating and caring for injuries and illnesses, including storing, transporting, dispensing, and recording of medication will be revealed. Performance-enhancing substances and an introduction to the process of drug testing in sports will also be expressed. Prerequisites: ALT or EXS major; BIO 111 or SCI 170; BIO 113 or SCI 172; CHY 107 or CHY 113. Cr 3.

SPM 310 Athletic Training Principles II
This is an intermediate study of principles for the prevention, examination, treatment and reconditioning of physical activity injuries. Lecture and laboratory competencies prepare students for supervised clinical experiences. Prerequisites: ALT major; SPM 100, 210, 211; SPM/REC 216. 2 credits lecture, 1 credit lab. Cr 3.

SPM 315 Group Exercise Instruction
This course provides knowledge, skills, and practical experience needed to plan, lead, and evaluate a variety of group exercise sessions effectively. Developing and leading various components of group exercise sessions constitute a major part of this course. Prerequisites: EXS major; SPM 260. Cr 3.

SPM 325 Methods of Resistance Training and Conditioning
Theoretical and practical study of practices and methods involved in developing and implementing resistance training and conditioning programs for physically active populations. Prerequisites: ALT or EXS major; BIO 111, 112 or SCI 170, 171; BIO 113, 114 or SCI 172, 173. Cr 3.

SPM 330 Physiology of Exercise
An investigation of the acute and chronic effects exercise incurs on the body. Muscle physiology, respiration, cardiac function, circulation, energy metabolism and application to training will be emphasized and applied in laboratory activities. Prerequisites: ALT or EXS major; CHY 107 or CHY 113; BIO 111, 112 or SCI 170, 171; BIO 113, 114 or SCI 172, 173. 2 credits lecture, 1 credit lab. Cr 3.

SPM 340 Therapeutic Exercise
A study of the basic components of a comprehensive therapeutic exercise program including functional anatomy, joint mobilizations, and rehabilitation programs will be discussed for the appendicular and axial skeletons. In addition, the physiological effects, safety precautions, indications, contraindications, modes of resistance, and specific rehabilitation protocols will be covered. Prerequisites: ALT major; SPM 370, 381, 410; 2 credits lecture, 1 credit lab. Cr 3.

SPM 350 Health Promotion Programs
This course examines the assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation of health promotion programs in a variety of settings. Students will develop and lead a health promotion workshop. Prerequisites: EXS or HLS major; SPM 100. Cr 3.

SPM 352 Nutrition for Physical Performance
The in-depth study of general nutritional practices applied to athletes and other individuals who are physically active. The course will emphasize basic cellular metabolism as it relates to energy production and expenditure during the course of preparation and training for athletics and physical activity. Weight control, use of ergogenic aids and nutritional supplements will also be discussed. Prerequisites: ALT or EXS major; CON 252; SPM 330 or concurrent. Equivalent to CON 352. Cr 3.

SPM 370 Athletic Training Clinic II
Completion of a minimum of 150, and a maximum of 175 clinical hours applying proficiency knowledge and skills in an athletic training clinical setting. The second clinical course for students enrolled in the athletic training major. Prerequisites: ALT major; SPM 265, 270, 310; BIO 111, 112 or SCI 170, 171; BIO 113, 114 or SCI 172,173. Cr 2.

SPM 371 Athletic Training Clinic III
Completion of a minimum of 150, and a maximum of 175 clinical hours applying proficiency knowledge and skills in an athletic training clinical setting. The third clinical course for students enrolled in the athletic training major. Prerequisites: ALT major; SPM 370; 410. Cr 2.

SPM 381 Kinesiology
Structural and functional anatomical analysis of human movement. Course will also incorporate principles of mechanics as they apply to the analysis of human movement. Prerequisites: ALT or EXS major; BIO 111, 112 or SCI 170, 171; BIO 113, 114 or SCI 172,173. Cr 3.

SPM 385 Practicum I
This introductory field experience provides opportunity for practical application of knowledge gained through prior coursework in exercise science. The student will assist in the leadership of a wide variety of university-based and off-campus programs, with special emphasis on either personal training experiences or group exercise instruction. Prerequisites: junior level EXS major; SPM 260. Cr 3.

SPM 395 Practicum II
Building upon experiences gained from Practicum I, the student continues assisting in the leadership of university-based and off-campus programs, with emphasis on personal training experiences or group exercise instruction. Prerequisites: junior level EXS major; SPM 260. Cr 3.

SPM 398 Independent Study
This course is intended to provide majors in the Department of Exercise, Health, and Sport Sciences with an opportunity to pursue a project independently. Students should select a faculty advisor and develop a course proposal with their advisor. A final written paper is required. Prerequisites: ALT, EXS, or HLS major; junior or senior standing; instructor permission required. Cr 1-3.

SPM 410 Athletic Training Principles III
This is an advanced study of principles for the prevention, examination, treatment and reconditioning of physical activity injuries. General medical concepts are also discussed. Lecture and laboratory competencies prepare students for supervised clinical experiences. Prerequisites: ALT major; SPM 265, 270, 310; BIO 111, 112 or SCI 170, 171; BIO 113, 114 or SCI 172,173. 2 credits lecture, 1 credit lab. Cr 3.

SPM 430 Exercise Testing, Assessment, and Prescription
This course focuses on knowledge and skills necessary for assessing health-related components of physical fitness. The course will also focus on prescription and design of programs to develop health-related fitness which will be applied in the laboratory setting. Prerequisites: ALT or EXS major; SPM 330. Cr 3.

SPM 431 Advanced Exercise Physiology
An advanced study of the whole-body and cellular responses and adaptations to exercise related to human performance limitations, training effects, and health related benefits. Emphasis is on human bioenergetics, metabolism, cardiovascular structure and function, and cardiopulmonary responses to exercise. Prerequisites: ALT or EXS major; SPM 330. Cr 3.

SPM 440 Manual Therapy
This course will take a detailed approach into the principles, theories, and evidence concerning the use of manual therapy for the treatment of musculoskeletal injuries. Students will be taught and asked to demonstrate specific skills and techniques that enhance efficient and effective treatment of a wide range of clinical presentations pertaining to the spine and extremities using multiple manual therapy strategies. Prerequisites: ALT major; SPM 230, 302, 340, 371, 381. Cr 3.

SPM 450 Exercise for Special Populations
The focus of this course is on exercise programming guidelines and recommendations for a variety of special populations. Prerequisites: ALT or EXS major; SPM 430 or concurrent. Cr 3.

SPM 470 Athletic Training Clinic IV
Completion of a minimum of 225, and a maximum of 275 clinical hours applying proficiency, knowledge, and skills in traditional athletic training and general medical (up to 15 clinical hours) settings. A minimum of 50, and a maximum of 75 traditional setting hours will be completed during the month of August within an athletic pre-season venue. The fourth clinical course for students enrolled in the athletic training major. Prerequisites: ALT major; SPM 230, 302, 340, 371, 381; SPM 330 or concurrent. Cr 3.

SPM 480 Organization and Administration of Athletic Training
Administrative components of an athletic training program. Facility design; supply ordering, budget and inventory; insurance, personnel and athletic training educational considerations. Prerequisites: ALT major, SPM 230, 302, 340, 371. Cr 3.

SPM 481 Fitness Facility Management
An introduction to the management and operation of health fitness facilities. Knowledge and skills needed to plan, lead, manage and evaluate various health fitness programs will be discussed. Prerequisites: senior level EXS major; BUS 200 or BUS 260 or EYE 125; SPM 350. Cr 3.

SPM 485 Senior Thesis I
Introduction to health-related research with an emphasis on understanding the research process and becoming a consumer of research. Critique of health-related research findings to exercise and health professions and their application to professional practice is a major component of this course. Prerequisites: ALT or EXS major; MAT 120 or PSY 201; SPM 330. Cr 3.

SPM 486 Senior Thesis II
A continuation of SPM 485. Students will be introduced to various research-related issues such as design, methodology, statistics and writing scientific manuscripts involved in conducting research in exercise science. Students will be required to conduct a research experiment using learned techniques. Prerequisites: ALT or EXS major; SPM 485. Cr 3.

SPM 495 Clinical Internship/Co-op
This culminating experience for athletic training and exercise science majors provides the opportunity for students to apply knowledge and skills gained through didactic, practicum, clinical, and laboratory experiences in a work setting. Prerequisites: ALT or EXS major; completion of all major requirements, or concurrent. Instructor permission required. Cr 3-12.

Faculty Research

In this video highlighting faculty research at USM, Dr. Christopher Scott discusses his research regarding consumption of oxygen during exercise.

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