Performance Enhancement and Injury Prevention

Performance Enhancement and Injury Prevention Online Master of Science (M.S.) in Exercise Science and Health Promotion - Performance Enhancement and Injury Prevention Concentration

About Performance Enhancement and Injury Prevention

Get the right training to be a top sport performance coach.

Today's athletes want to achieve peak performance to compete and win, while avoiding injury. To be a top coach for athletes and other physically active people, choose our innovative degree concentration in performance enhancement and injury prevention in the online Master of Science in Exercise Science and Health Promotion at California University of Pennsylvania. 

Cal U's exercise science and health promotion program is nationally ranked and recognized as a leader in offering high-quality education at a historic state university.

A degree that fits your career - and life.

This 100% online master's degree concentration is designed for:

  • Health/fitness professionals, personal trainers, coaches.
  • Educators.
  • Military professionals.
  • Others who want to learn about performance enhancement and fitness training program design.

Master's degree courses focus on the latest research and issues in sports performance training and injury prevention, and prepare you for the National Academy of Sports Medicine exam for Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES) certification.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS: PERFORMANCE ENHANCEMENT AND INJURY PREVENTION

Fast track: With Cal U's 100% online master's degree program, complete the 36 credit-hour performance enhancement and injury prevention program in 12 consecutive months full time or 17 months attending part time. 

Customize Your Program: Personalize your exercise science degree by selecting areas of focus that advance your career. Choose the performance enhancement and injury prevention concentration alone for a 36-credit degree, or combine it with one of these programs to create a 48-credit dual concentration. Certificate programs also are available in these areas:

NASM PES: Performance enhancement certification signals your expertise in training athletes to improve flexibility, speed, agility and performance. PES-certified trainers are equipped to apply the science of human movement to build top athletic performance.

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Degree Benefits

Our 100% online exercise science and health promotion master's degree enables you to:

  • Earn a graduate degree - and certification.
  • Fit classes into your busy work/life schedule.
  • Network with other professionals.
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Graduate Outcomes

Employers choose Cal U quality: Exercise science and health promotion graduates are in top demand throughout professional sports, the fitness industry, university athletics, corporate settings and more.

 
Performance Enhancement and Injury Prevention Concentration - Online Master's Degree
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Dual Options

Cal U offers dual concentration options. Combine your study of performance enhancement and injury prevention with one of these disciplines: applied sport science, group fitness leadership, nutrition, rehabilitation science, sport psychology or wellness coaching. Dual concentrations can be completed in as little as 18 months of full-time study.

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Global Interest

Cal U's exercise science degree program attracts students from every state and more than 20 countries. Full-time military personnel also enroll in Cal U's 100% online degree program and receive our military tuition discount to support their educational goals.

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Top Faculty

Four Cal U exercise science faculty members - Dr. William Biddington, Dr. Barry McGlumphy, Dr. Linda Meyer and Professor Julie Ramsey-Emrhein - are in the Hall of Fame for the Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers' Society.

Performance Enhancement and Injury Prevention Concentration - Online Master's Degree Courses

Students who already have earned their bachelor's degree can develop more intensive knowledge and skills with a 36-credit master's degree in the specialized areas of exercise science, fitness, health and wellness.

Curriculum

 

Course Credits
PRF 700 Orientation to Exercise Science and Wellness 3
PRF 701 Advanced Topics in SAQ and Endurance Training 3
PRF 705 Industrial, Clinical, and Corporate Wellness 3
PRF 710 Performance Enhancement in Physical Activity 3
PRF 715 Business and Entrepreneurship in the Fitness Industry 3
PRF 720 Essentials of Human Movement Science 3
PRF 750 Performance Enhancement Program Design 3
PRF 760 Leadership and Professional Development 3
PRF 765 Nutrition for Peak Performance 3
PRF 770 Exercise Physiology: Assessment and Exercise Prescription 3
PRF 780 Current Topics in Performance Enhancement 3
PRF 810 Research in Performance Enhancement 3
Total 36
Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements (Regular)  

  • Bachelor's degree with a GPA of 2.50 or higher (Students with a GPA below 2.50 may apply for conditional admission)
  • Official transcripts from an accredited undergraduate institution
  • International Global Online Applicants


Conditional Admission Requirements

  • Conditional Admission may be granted with the following modifications of the Regular Admissions Requirements.  Those admitted conditionally based on missing document/s have up to a maximum of two semesters to satisfy these requirements:
    • Bachelor's degree with a GPA under 2.50 will be reviewed for a decision
    • Unofficial transcripts
    • Resume may be requested
    • Two professional references may be requested
    • Two professional letters of recommendation may be requested
    • An interview by the program coordinator may be requested to determine potential for success in the program.

How to Apply:

School of Graduate Studies and Research
California University of Pennsylvania
Box 91
250 University Ave. 
California, PA 15419

  • Submit unofficial transcripts and other documents by mail (using the address above), email (gradschool@calu.edu) or fax (724-938-5712)

For additional information:
Email: calugo@calu.edu
Phone: 1.866.595.6348

 

Exercise Science and Health Promotion (M.S.)

Concentrations

 

Select a single concentration as the focus of your degree or add a second approved area of focus to create a dual concentration. Post-bachelor’s certificates are available in these areas as well.

Certifications
  • Certified Personal Trainer
  • Performance Enhancement Specialist
  • Corrective Exercise Specialist
  • Certified Specialist in Speed and Explosion
  • Certified Wellcoach
  • Fusionetics®
  • Les MillsTM 

Performance Enhancement and Injury Prevention Concentration Faculty

Wendy Batts
Adjunct Professor

batts@calu.edu

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Dr. Carol Biddington
Professor

biddington@calu.edu

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Dr. William B. Biddington
Professor; Interim Dean, School of Graduate Studies and Research

biddington_w@calu.edu

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Dr. Marc S. Federico
Professor

Federico@calu.edu

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Dr. Jeffrey R. Hatton
Associate Professor

hatton@calu.edu

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Dr. Rebecca A. Hess
Professor

hess_ra@calu.edu

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Christina Lombardo
Professor

lombardo@calu.edu

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Dr. Barry E. McGlumphy
Professor

mcglumphy@calu.edu

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Dr. Linda Platt Meyer
Professor

meyer@calu.edu

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Dr. Benjamin Reuter
Associate Professor

reuter@calu.edu

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Dr. Christine Romani-Ruby
Professor

romaniruby@calu.edu

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Dr. Ronald Wagner
Associate Professor

wagner_r@calu.edu

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Dr. Ellen J. West
Associate Professor

West_E@calu.edu

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Dr. Tom West
Professor

west_t@calu.edu

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Additional Resources

Exercise Science Overview

Top 10 Reasons To Get An Exercise Science Master Degree

What Can You Do With An Exercise Science Master Degree/Careers

How To Choose An Exercise Science Concentration