Exercise and Sport Performance

Welcome to the Exercise and Sport Performance (ESP) Department, which houses both the Athletic Training (AT) and Applied Exercise Science (AES) undergraduate programs. The ESP department is one of many allied health professional departments found within the Westbrook College of Health Professions.   All of our students in both programs complete similar coursework their first two years then move into program specific course work the last two years.

Many times students ask what’s the difference between the AT vs. AES program.  The AT program is focused in the area of sport injury prevention and rehabilitation and requires clinical rotations starting in their sophomore through senior year. The AES program is a broader program that prepares students to go into diverse career fields that involves exercise testing, prescription and instruction to improve health, fitness and performance of individuals in our society in both primary and secondary disease prevention.

Both the AES and AT programs are also excellent gateway programs to graduate allied health professional programs.  Each year approximately 60% percent of our senior class are successfully accepted to graduate programs (Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant, Clinical Exercise Physiology, Occupational Therapy, Strength and Conditioning, Medical and Dental School, etc.)

Please take time to learn about the two different 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
Exercise and Sport Performance Department Chairman and Professor
(207) 228-3998



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