Exercise and Sport Performance

Welcome to the Exercise and Sport Performance (ESP) Department, which houses undergraduate programs in Athletic Training (AT), Applied Exercise Science (AES) and the new Public Health (PH) program that begins in the Fall 2015 semester.

The department is one of many undergraduate allied health professional departments within the Westbrook College of Health Professions. As a student in these programs, you complete similar coursework your first two years, before moving into major-specific coursework your last two years. As part of this coursework, you take combined courses in integrated health sciences that allow you to learn about different careers and experience interprofessional education activities that teach you to function as part of a health care team.

The new undergraduate program in Public Health focuses on identifying health problems, understanding how public health policies are developed, and learning about health disparities. Graduates of the program will enter the workforce ready to address concerns associated with health promotion, disease prevention, and ways to promote quality of life as it pertains to populations and communities, both nationally and globally. 

You may wonder what the difference is between the Athletic Training and Applied Exercise Science programs. The AT program focuses on sport injury prevention and rehabilitation and requires clinical rotations during the sophomore through senior years. The AES program is broader, enabling you to pursue diverse career fields such as ones that involve exercise testing, prescription and instruction to improve health, fitness and performance in both primary and secondary disease prevention.

All of our programs are also excellent gateways to graduate allied health professional programs. Each year approximately 60% percent of our seniors are successful in gaining acceptance to graduate programs (Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant, Clinical Exercise Physiology, Accelerated Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Strength and Conditioning, Medical and Dental School, etc.). Among graduates interested in entering the workforce immediately, 83% secure positions within 6 months of earning their degrees.   

Please take time to learn about these programs and feel free to contact us if you have any questions about the ESP department.    

We look forward to meeting you and sharing with you all the wonderful things our students are doing.

Sincerely, Paul Visich, PhD, MPH
Professor/Chairman Exercise and Sport Performance Department 

(207) 602-2203