What to Expect
Exercise physiology is more than just physical fitness. Students learn
to help people and encourage them to be their best.
Dennis Beaver majored in exercise physiology at the University of New Orleans
because he wanted to become a coach for high school and college athletics.
"Exercise physiology is a natural progression and a complementary area
of study for strength and conditioning," says Beaver. "Athletes need a coach's
help, but a coach has to be able to give accurate guidance, not make it up
on the fly."
Students can expect to average about three hours of homework a week
for each course they're taking, he says.
One of the most common difficulties students have in college is balancing
their classes, homework, work and personal life. Successful students learn
to budget their time.
"It can be very difficult to get everything done," says Julie Crago. She
studied kinesiology. "Time is very important and so is discipline."
Beaver says you have to make an effort to understand the subject matter.
"You do yourself...a disservice by simply glossing over the material and just
learning enough to get by," he says. "For someone like myself, with a full-time
job that involves a lot of travel and coaching part time, dedicating enough
time to study and research is the most difficult."
Crago says students should be involved in a lot of extracurricular activities.
"I love being in kinesiology because there are so many fun people and we get
along real well. This helps when it comes to exam time."
Getting involved in extracurricular activities such as sports, academic
clubs or theater can also help a student start to balance many things as they
will have to do in college. Clubs will help develop leadership and communications