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PRF-Perf Enhance Injury Prev

PRF700 - Orientation to Exercise Science and Health Promotion

This course is designed to provide an overview of online learning and the graduate program in Exercise Science and Health Promotion. Discussion will include various exercise science and health promotion models. The course will also introduce the student to various types and styles of learning via online education, and will orient the student to feature used in online courses. (3 crs.)

PRF701 - Advanced Topics in SAQ and Endurance Training

This course will provide students with advanced knowledge regarding the topics of speed, agility, quickness, (SAQ) and endurance training. Students will be prepared for the Speed and Explosion Specialist Certification offered by the National Association of Speed and Explosion (NASE). Advanced topics of training will be explored, including body mechanics, sports training protocols, and program design. Detailed sport performance training programs, focused on SAQ and endurance, will be covered.

PRF705 - Industrial, Clinical and Corporate Wellness

This course is designed to develop knowledge and awareness of the major issues in the field of work site health promotion and clinical care. The focus of the course is on planning, administering and evaluating wellness and fitness programs based in clinical, industrial and corporate environments. The cost of unhealthy lifestyle choices for the individual and employer and their relationship to the workplace will be explored. Topics include "The Wellness Revolution," "The Industrial Athlete Model," benchmark programs and outcomes assessment strategies. (3 crs.)

PRF710 - Performance Enhancement in Physical Activity

This course offers a comprehensive discussion of functional anatomy, functional biomechanics and motor learning as they relate to functional rehabilitation and athletic reconditioning. The student will be introduced to integrated, functional rehabilitation techniques, including core stabilization, neuromuscular stabilization, reactive neuromuscular stabilization, integrated flexibility, integrated strength, speed training, foot training and vision training. The student will also be taught a comprehensive kinetic chain assessment to determine myokinematic, arthrokinematic and neuromuscular deficits. After completing this course and Performance Enhancement Program Design, students will be eligible to sit for the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) examination for Performance Enhancement Specialist certification. (3 crs.)

PRF711 - An Integrated Approach to Fitness and Wellness

This course will introduce the revolutionary exercise programming strategies of the Optimum Performance Training model. The student will receive detailed insight into designing exercise programs for any personal training client. Students will be shown how this systematic approach to program design uniquely blends the science of acute variables with the concepts of flexibility, core stabilization, balance, reactive training, speed, agility and quickness, and strength training to develop safe and effective exercise programs for all individuals. After completing this course and Program Design in Fitness and Wellness, students will be eligible to sit for the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) examination for Certified Personal Trainer certification. (3 crs.)

PRF712 - Corrective Exercise in Rehabilitation

This course will introduce the student to corrective exercise theory based on the pathokinesiological model. The student will be introduced to a systematic evaluation approach based on the pathokinesiological model. The pathokinesiological model will examine human movement systems in regard to key regions of the human body. These regions will be recognized as potential sites for integrated corrective exercise programs. (3 crs.)

PRF713 - Special Topics in Sport Psychology

This course is designed to cover a diverse range of professional issues related to sport psychology. Various organizations (Division 47 of the American Psychological Association and the Association for the Advancement of Applied Sport Psychology) affiliated with sport psychology and ethical concerns will be addressed. (3 crs.)

PRF714 - Health and Wellness Coaching Competencies

Students will learn to help health and wellness coaching clients develop the mindsets needed to navigate the difficult path of changing lifestyles for good. Students will utilize evidence-based coaching competencies, grounded in the science of positive psychology, to help people make lasting improvements to their health and well-being.

PRF715 - Business and Entrepreneurship in the Fitness Industry

This course offers a comprehensive discussion of the practical aspects of starting and running a business in performance enhancement and fitness. The course focuses on launching new ventures, as well as business and management practices for individuals who are already in business but want to learn how to improve their operations. Specific topics include management theory, financial management, personnel management, record keeping, risk management and technology issues. (3 crs.)

PRF720 - Essentials of Human Movement Science

This course will introduce a scientific approach to the essentials of human movement science. The student will receive detailed insight into the independent and interdependent function of the muscular, articular and nervous systems during human force production, stabilization and force reduction. The course will also introduce the student to various types and styles of learning via web-based technologies and will orient the student to web-based methods of learning. (3 crs.)

PRF750 - Performance Enhancement Program Design

This course requires the student to integrate knowledge learned from the course Performance Enhancement in Physical Activity with professional experience and prior learning in fitness and rehabilitation. Students will work in teams to prepare performance enhancement program proposals, including program elements, rationale, innovative design and supporting research. Each week, cohort members will professionally analyze and critique new proposals, resulting in high-level discussion and exchange. After completing this course and Performance Enhancement in Physical Activity, students will be eligible to sit for the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) examination for Performance Enhancement Specialist certification. (3 crs.)

PRF751 - Program Design in Fitness and Wellness

This course will introduce the revolutionary exercise programming strategies of the Optimum Performance Training model specifically for the fitness and wellness professional. Students will receive detailed insight into designing exercise programs for any personal training client. They will be shown how this systematic approach to program design uniquely blends the science of acute variables with the concepts of flexibility, core stabilization, balance, reactive training, speed, agility and quickness, and strength training to develop safe and effective exercise programs for all individuals. (3 crs.)

PRF752 - Corrective Exercise Program Design

This course will introduce corrective exercise strategies based on loss of function. The student will receive detailed insight into the design of corrective exercise programs. The systematic approach of an integrated corrective exercise design uniquely blends the variables of available flexibility, isolated and integrated corrective strengthening, and corrective exercise design to provide the student with the necessary foundation in designing and developing safe corrective exercise programs. (3 crs.)

PRF753 - Psychological Aspects of Sport Injury and Rehabilitation

This course is designed to introduce students to various topics related to the psychological aspects of sport injury. The course focuses on the onset (precursors), experience and treatment of athletic injuries from a biopsychosocial perspective. Course material is based on empirical data and psychophysiology foundation and the role of psychological factors and psychological interventions, which influence rehabilitation and recovery. (3 crs.)

PRF754 - Health and Wellness Coaching: Facilitating Change

Expanding on the concepts from PRF-714, “Health and Wellness Coaching Competencies “, students will identify the health and wellness coaching practices that influence long-lasting behavior change. Combine the tools and processes necessary to prepare to become a Certified Health and Wellness Coach and make an impact on the toughest challenges of our times: the epidemics of obesity, sedentary lifestyles, stress, depression, poor nutrition, and ever-rising healthcare costs. (3 crs.)

PRF760 - Leadership and Professional Development

This course is intended to prepare students for the leadership decisions and actions that are inherent in performance enhancement management and fitness practice. Professional and personal growth will be discussed. Principles and applications of leadership will be explored, including persuasiveness, leading and directing teams, leading within organizations, and leadership opportunities in shaping fitness policy. Techniques for managing change and empowering others are included in this course. Topics related to effective leadership are issues of power, motivation, delegation, team building, persuasion and negotiation, and total quality improvement. (3 crs.)

PRF765 - Nutrition for Peak Performance

An in-depth examination of contemporary issues such as performance enhancement dietary supplements, dietary lipids and heart disease, dietary fiber and health, and influence of lifestyle factors on nutrition. Controversies in nutrition, ergogenic aides and cultural aspects of food are also discussed. In addition, the course covers energy and nutrient needs for activity with emphasis on particular physical and athletic activities, common myths and fallacies concerning diet and athletic performance, and appropriate dietary approaches for specific activities and active people. (3 crs.)

PRF770 - Exercise Physiology: Assessment and Exercise Prescription

This course offers a comprehensive discussion of the knowledge, skills and abilities needed for American College of Sports Medicine certifications and current clinical practices in sports medicine. Emphasis will be placed on the value and application of exercise testing and prescription in persons with and without chronic disease. Special topics to be addressed include exercise prescription in children, the elderly, pulmonary patients, cardiac patients and pregnant women. (3 crs.)

PRF780 - Current Topics in Performance Enhancement

The purpose of this course is to increase student understanding of various performance enhancement and injury prevention issues facing America and the world today. This course introduces students to the field of exercise science as a discipline and profession with a specific focus on contemporary topics facing all performance enhancement and injury prevention professionals. (3 crs.)

PRF781 - Current Topics in Fitness and Wellness 3

The purpose of this course is to increase student understanding of various fitness and wellness issues facing America and the world today. This course introduces students to the field of exercise science as a discipline and profession with a specific focus on contemporary topics facing all fitness and wellness professionals. (3 crs.)

PRF782 - Current Topics in Rehabilitation

The purpose of this course is to increase student understanding of various rehabilitation issues facing America and the world today. This course focuses students toward the ever-changing contemporary issues that impact direct and indirect client care. (3 crs.)

PRF783 - Psychological Perspectives in Sport Performance Enhancement and Intervention

This course is designed to introduce students to various performance enhancement techniques commonly used in sports. Examples of such techniques will be presented. Students will be able to apply the basic features of performance enhancement and intervention to a specific sport or rehabilitation situation. Students will have the opportunity to create their own intervention manuals based on research and course content. (3 crs.)

PRF784 - Current Topics in Health and Wellness Coaching

The purpose of this course is to increase student understanding of various fitness and wellness issues facing America and the world today. This course introduces students to the field of health and wellness coaching as a discipline and profession with a specific focus on contemporary topics facing all fitness and wellness professionals. (3 crs.)

PRF800 - Research in Fitness and Wellness

This course is designed to immerse the student in fitness and injury prevention research, focusing on current clinical outcomes research, psychology and physical activity research, and performance enhancement research. Topics include research in resistance training, core stabilization and aquatic therapy. Fitness and injury prevention research is discussed related to special populations, such as athletes at opposite ends of the age spectrum. (3 crs.)

PRF810 - Research in Performance Enhancement

This course is designed to immerse the student in injury prevention research, focusing on current clinical outcomes research, psychology and physical activity research, and performance enhancement research. Topics include research in resistance training, core stabilization, reactive training, posture, supplementation and sport vision training. Injury prevention research is discussed related to special populations, such as athletes at opposite ends of the performance spectrum. (3 crs.)

PRF820 - Research in Rehabilitation

This is an introductory class on evidence-based practice. The intended outcome is to familiarize students with the evidence-based guidelines and prepare them with a practical strategy to incorporate into their daily practice. (3 crs.)

PRF830 - Research in Sport Psychology

This course is designed to provide the student with knowledge of research in the sport psychology arena. Students will be introduced to psychometric properties of research and interpretation of results published, enabling them to critically analyze published material specific to the area of sport psychology. (3 crs.)

PRF840 - Research in Health and Wellness Coaching

This wellness coaching course is designed to introduce the student to various research sources, creating skills for investigation of topics of interest in the future. Additionally, discussion of selected wellness coaching research topics will promote critical thinking and enhance skills for critical review of content. (3 crs.)