Certified in Exercise Physiology

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Exercise physiology is the physiology of physical exercise. It is one of the allied health professions that involves the study of the acute responses and chronic adaptations to exercise.

Understanding the effect of exercise involves studying specific changes in muscular, cardiovascular, and neurohumoral systems that lead to changes in functional capacity and strength due to endurance training or strength training. The effect of training on the body has been defined as the reaction to the adaptive responses of the body arising from exercise or as “an elevation of metabolism produced by exercise”.

Exercise physiologists study the effect of exercise on pathology, and the mechanisms by which exercise can reduce or reverse disease

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  • the purpose of this major is to have a proficient understanding of human anatomy, human physiology, and exercise physiology. Includes instruction in muscular and skeletal anatomy; molecular and cellular basis of muscle contraction; fuel utilization; neurophysiology of motor mechanics; systemic physiological responses (respiration, blood flow, endocrine secretions, and others); fatigue and exhaustion; muscle and body training; physiology of specific exercises and activities; physiology of injury; and the effects of disabilities and disease. Not only is a full class schedule needed to complete a degree in Exercise Physiology, but a minimum amount of practicum experience is required and internships are recommended

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Course Curriculum

Module 1

  • Exercise Nutrition
  • Energy Metabolism
  • Endocrine Response to Exercise
  • Energy Expenditure: Measurement During Exercise

Module 2

  • Cardiovascular Dynamics During Exercise
  • Pulmonary Function During Exercise; Gas Exchange
  • Clinical Exercise Physiology
  • Exercise and Thermal Stress
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Module 3

  • Structure and Function of Skeletal Muscle
  • Neuromotor System; Neural Control of Movement
  • Training for Anaerobic and Aerobic Power
  • Body Composition Assessment
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