Health, Physical Education, and Movement Science

Strength and Conditioning Program


The National Strength and Conditioning Association has awarded the Department a Certificate of Recognition for successfully meeting established educational program criteria in strength and conditioning coursework. The 29- credit program includes both didactic and applied courses that provide the competency knowledge that individuals need to successfully complete the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) exam, administered by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).

For those acquiring the CSCS, employment opportunities open beyond becoming an educator and include working with sports teams in schools and in professional venues and with individuals in physical therapy clinics, to name a few.  

The Strength and Conditioning Program includes the following courses:

  • HE 255 Nutrition for the K-12 Educator (3 credits)
  • PE 105 Beginning Fitness and Conditioning (1 credit)
  • PE 106 Fitness and Conditioning (2 credits)
  • PE 180 Nutrition and Sports (3 credits)
  • PE 181 Program Design in Strength and Conditioning (3 credits)
  • PE 182 Practicum in Strength and Conditioning (1 credit)
  • PE 203 Kinesiology and Biomechanical Analysis of Movement (4 credits)
  • PE 299 Exercise Physiology (4 credits)
  • BIO 7 Human Anatomy & Physiology I (4 credits)  (Biology Dept.)
  • BIO 7 Lab Human Anatomy & Physiology I  (Biology Dept.)
  • BIO 8 Human Anatomy & Physiology II (4 credits) (Biology Dept.)
  • BIO 8 Lab Human Anatomy & Physiology II  (Biology Dept.)


Strength and Conditioning Program

Course Descriptions



HE 255 Nutrition for the K-12 Educator
This course is an overview of the science of nutrition and its relationship to health. It is a survey of current nutrition knowledge and research. Attention will be directed toward the relationship of nutrition with growth, development, reproduction, and the mental and physical condition of the individual.
Credits: 3 Every Fall

PE 105 Fitness and Conditioning (Beginning) 
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to all basic concepts involved in beginning fitness and conditioning. Students will learn to develop appropriate skills for life-long health and wellness. 
Credit: 1 Every Fall and Spring

PE 106 Fitness and Conditioning (All Levels) 
Students will examine the concepts involved in physical conditioning and will develop an appropriate exercise program. The course will also examine how diet, nutrition, stress, and lifestyle play a role in one's well-being.
Credits: 2 Every Fall and Spring

PE 180 Nutrition and Sports
This course is designed to integrate current scientific knowledge of nutrition and sports with the physiology of exercise/training. Students learn optimum nutrition requirements for various sports. This course will identify the physiological role of the macronutrients (protein, fat and carbohydrate) in exercise; the energy systems required for physical activity will be reviewed. Examined components will emphasize micronutrients (vitamin/Mineral) and water as related to physical fitness and sports performance. Nutrition and exercise prescriptions for athletes will be discussed, as well as techniques needed to determine body composition.
Not open to students enrolled BS in Food, Nutrition and Wellness Program
Credits: 3 On Occasion

PE 181 Program Design in Strength and Conditioning

The purpose of this course is to design, implement and test the effectiveness of a fitness & conditioning program design for a collegiate athlete. Students enrolled in this course will complete a comprehensive evaluation of a college varsity athlete's current fitness levels and after learning the structure and progression of effective exercise programs, will design and write a personal conditioning program to help ascertain an optimal fitness level for the individual.  A pre requisite of HE 255, PE 105, PE 106, PE 203, PE 299, and PE 180 are required.
Credits: 3 On Occasion

PE 182 Practicum in Strength & Conditioning 

The strength and conditioning practicum is designed to give students field experience in the strength and conditioning specialization. Students are required to complete 40 hours of fieldwork plus 5 hours of seminar.
A pre requisite of HE 255, PE 105,106, 180, 181, 203, 299, BIO 7 and BIO 8 are required or permission from the department chair.
Credits: 1 On Occasion

PE 203 Kinesiology and Biomechanical Analysis of Movement 
This course is an introduction to the basic concepts of human motion, including anatomical and mechanical descriptions of movement. The course includes an analysis of basic locomotion and of selected sports skills. Laboratory experiences develop competencies in error identification and correction for teachers of movement. Three hours lecture plus two hours laboratory per week. This course has an additional lab fee. 

Prerequisites BIO 7 and 8 or instructor permission are required.
Credits: 4 Every Fall

PE 299 Exercise Physiology
This course is an introduction to the physiological basis of exercise and physical activity with practical applications of the concepts to the fields of health, physical education, and athletics. Laboratory experiences are designed to demonstrate the physiological effects of activity, and the use of measurement techniques will be included.
Pre requisites: BIO 7, BIO 8 and PE 203 or permission of the instructor is required.
Credits: 4 Every Spring

BIO 7 Human Anatomy & Physiology I (4 credits)  (see Biology Dept.)
BIO 7 Lab Human Anatomy & Physiology I  (see Biology Dept.)
BIO 8 Human Anatomy & Physiology II (4 credits) (see Biology Dept.)
BIO 8 Lab Human Anatomy & Physiology II  (see Biology Dept.)


CONTACT

College of Education, Information, and Technology
Dr. Albert Inserra, Dean
516-299-2210

post-educate@liu.edu