Plymouth State University Exercise and Sport Physiology Program Earns National Recognition

The Exercise and Sport Physiology Program at Plymouth State University (PSU) recently earned recognition from two national organizations – the  National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM).

After rigorous examination of curricula, faculty and other factors, the program was approved as an NSCA Education Recognition Program (ERP)-recognized undergraduate strength and conditioning program. PSU joins other premier programs nationwide that have achieved this elite level of recognition. The NSCA ERP designation distinguishes institutions that offer programs designed to prepare students to become NSCA-certified as personal trainers and strength and conditioning specialists. PSU students will also benefit from expanded educational and networking opportunities through NSCA.

“We are thrilled and honored that our program has been officially recognized by NSCA,” said Ryanne Carmichael, Ph.D., CSCS, Associate Professor, Exercise and Sport Physiology. “We have worked hard, and it is a tribute to our dedicated faculty, staff and students that our program has achieved this important milestone. NSCA-ERP recognition will be a tremendous benefit to our students.”

PSU was also recently accepted as a member of the American College of Sports Medicine’s “Exercise is Medicine on Campus (EIM-OC)” program. The EIM-OC initiative promotes physical activity as a vital sign of health, and encourages faculty, staff and students to work together toward improving the well-being of the campus community. PSU will take this one step further by collaborating with community healthcare providers, as well as integrating with existing health-related initiatives on-campus. PSU is one of only 200 institutions worldwide to be approved by EIM-OC.

“The EIM-OC is a global initiative, and I’m happy that PSU will be involved,” said Carmichael. “The mission of the EIM-OC initiative is to connect campus and community to support the ‘Exercise is Medicine’ vision—to encourage the use of physical activity in the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases. We are excited to begin!”

PSU’s Exercise and Sport Physiology Program is part of the institution’s Health and Human Enrichment Cluster. Exercise physiology is the study of the acute and chronic adaptations to the stress of physical activity and how exercise can improve physiological function in general, while sport physiology specifically helps us understand and improve athletic performance.

Graduates of PSU’s Exercise and Sport Physiology Program are prepared to pursue careers in clinical and research settings, strength and conditioning, and the health/fitness industry. The program also prepares students to pursue graduate-level studies in exercise science, physical and occupational therapy, and other allied health professions, and for national certification exams in exercise science and strength and conditioning.

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