Sports & Fitness
Health, Physical Education and Recreation
Sports and fitness professionals aid people in improving their personal fitness and health. As increasing value is being placed upon health care costs and physical fitness within our society, as well as life expectancies increasing, more people are turning to sports and fitness professionals to assist and educate them from maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Jobs can include working in cardiac rehabilitation, corporate fitness centers, recreation centers and personal training. In addition to entry-level managerial duties, sports and fitness management professionals assess clients’ current fitness levels; develop training or rehabilitation programs to meet specific client needs, educate and train clients. Using their knowledge of health, physiology and biomechanics, they determine the type/level of difficulty of exercises and prescribe specific movements and correct individual’s workout techniques.
Personal trainers work one-on-one in health clubs or client’s homes. They evaluate an individual’s abilities, determine suitable training programs, demonstrate a variety of exercises, offer encouragement, monitor their progress and teach correct use of exercise equipment and other apparatus. National certification is highly desirable for those interested in becoming a fitness professional. There are many different certifying organizations specific to the various types of sports and activities, and their training requirements vary depending on their standards.
The LCCC program recommends American Council on Exercise (ACE), American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA), National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) certification, the Cooper Institute for Aerobics Research examinations, National Council on Strength and Fitness (NCSF) and Resistance Training Specialist (RTS 1,2,3).
Educational Opportunities in Sports and Fitness at LCCC
Associate of Applied Science
The sports and fitness management program offers career opportunities in private and public fitness centers; entry level management positions in the health, fitness or rehabilitation centers, recreation facilities, and retail sales.
Graduates of the program may transfer to a four-year institution to continue their studies in sports and fitness management or other fitness related fields. Many students choose to study on a part-time basis.
Students pursuing the associate of applied science in sports and fitness management complete courses in anatomy and physiology, nutrition, math, microcomputer applications, English, psychology, exercise physiology, business law, oral communications, first aid and safety, computer applications and personal health. Lorain County Community College has articulation agreements with colleges and universities including programs offered by LCCC’s University Partnership.
Group Exercise Instructor Short-Term Technical Certificate
This certificate program will prepare students to successfully complete national certification exams in a wide venue of exercise instructor exams.
Personal Trainer One-Year Technical Certificate
The personal trainer one-year technical certificate curriculum is designed to aid the student in preparing for national certification examinations to pursue employment in health and fitness facilities. The focus of this program is to develop hands on, practical skills in basic anatomy and kinesiology, client physical fitness assessments and programming information for all special populations.
Educational Opportunities in Sports and Fitness through LCCC’s University Partnership
University of Akron
Bachelor of Science in Sports Studies
The sports studies program prepares students for a variety of careers in this field. Students are prepared to pursue careers in health and fitness instruction, personal training, strength and conditioning, cardiac rehabilitation, and high school, university, and professional athletic administration. Students in this partnership program are completing the sport studies track, sport management certificate.
Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science
Sport science and wellness education is one of four departments within the College of Education. The exercise science program prepares students for a variety of careers in health and fitness instruction, wellness, personal training, strength and conditioning, and cardiac rehabilitation.
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