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Oklahoma State University

Applied Exercise Science

Applied Exercise Student in the Lab

 

What is applied exercise science?

This program studies how human movement improves overall physical health and fitness. Subject areas include: biomechanics, physiology of exercise, motor control, applied anatomy, testing and prescription and athletic injury management. 

Why exercise science at OSU?

Students in this program are actively trained through hands-on learning and practical, real-world experiences. Our state-of-the-art Applied Neuromuscular Physiology Laboratory provides students with opportunities to perform the clinical and performance-based tests they learn about in textbooks. Our expert faculty take a personalized approach in preparing students for a variety of careers within the health and exercise field.

Career Paths

The pre-professional option prepares students for:

  • Clinical exercise physiology
  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Cardiac/stroke rehabilitation
  • Athletic training
  • Biomechanics
  • Graduate school

The strength and conditioning option prepares students for: 

  • Strength and conditioning (athletic and tactical performance)
  • Personal training
  • Fitness facility management
  • Corporate wellness 
  • Graduate school 
  • Certification examinations:
    • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
    • Certified Special Population Specialist (CSPS)
    • Certified Personal Trainer (CPT)
    • Certified Health Fitness Specialist (HFS)
    • Certified Exercise Physiologists (EP-C) 
    • Other certifications

Contact:

Dr. Jason DeFreitas / Assistant Professor / Program Coordinator
188 Colvin Recreation Center / Stillwater, OK 74078
405-744-9935 / jason.defreitas@okstate.edu

 

Pre-Professional Option

This option allows students to complete pre-requisite courses needed for graduate school. Graduates may go onto be doctors, occupational therapists, physical therapists or athletic trainers.

Strength and Conditioning Option

This option prepares students for various professional certification examinations, such as Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), Certified Special Population Specialist (CSPS), Certified Personal Trainer (NSCA-CPT), Physical Therapist (CPT), Certified Health Fitness Specialist (HFS), Certified Exercise Physiologists (EP-C) and others.

OSU Applied Neuromuscular Physiology Laboratory

Students have access to this research facility and the opportunity to perform high-quality research that is both innovative and impactful. The lab uses state-of-the-art technology to investigate physiological changes with aging, training, fatigue, disease and more. Research areas include motor control, proprioception, sensory-motor integration, muscle hypertrophy and atrophy, exercise prescription and training methodologies, athletic or military performance, brain behavior and plasticity, muscle quality, nutrition and dietary supplementation.