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2021-2022 Springfield College Catalog 
2021-2022 Springfield College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Strength and Conditioning

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The Strength and Conditioning concentration will provide students seeking positions in the field of strength and conditioning the knowledge and skills necessary for safe and effective program design and implementation to enhance athletic development. Completion of the concentration will allow students to be eligible for and academically prepared to sit for the National Strength and Conditioning Associated (NSCA) Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) certification.

Program Information

The Strength and Conditioning program prepares students to work with secondary school, collegiate, professional and/or elite athletes developing and implementing exercise programs to support and enhance performance.  Coursework, both theoretical and clinical, is designed to prepare students to become leaders in the field of Strength and Conditioning and Sports Performance.  All students complete fieldwork experience.  Students who receive grades of C+ or lower in any three courses will be dismissed from the program.

Undergraduate prerequisites/competencies:

  • Anatomy and Physiology I and II
  • Kinesiology
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Exercise Testing and Prescription
  • Statistics
  • First Aid and CPR
  • Selected Skills and Techniques

The basic program requires a minimum of 36 semester hours of graduate credit.

Degree Information

The candidate will be eligible for either a Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree or a Master of Science (M.S.) degree with a major in Strength and Conditioning depending upon the selection made in consultation with the advisor.

Contact Information

Dr. Brian Thompson 
Department of Exercise Science and Athletic Training
Telephone: (413) 748-3495

B. Research requirements (4-6 credits)

E. Selectives (3-5 credits)

Students who choose the Independent Study Option under Research requirements will need 5 credits.

Coureses are chosen in consultation with the student’s advisor from the following areas:

F. Additional Information

Candidates in the Strength and Conditioning track are eligible for an M.S. with the completion of a thesis.  Students completing a non-thesis option are eligible for an M.Ed and must complete a School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation poster presentation of their Independent Study (AEXS 692).

Each student must complete a minimum of 36 semester hours.

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