The United States Sports Academy is now offering the only online bachelor’s degree in Strength and Conditioning that prepares students in all aspects of the field, as well as sports management.
Strength and conditioning job opportunities are expanding and the knowledge required for sports professionals in the field is also increasing. That’s why as part of its 40th anniversary, the Academy’s Board of Trustees Executive Committee approved the launch of the new program. It is the fourth bachelor’s major the school offers with the other three in Sports Management, Sports Coaching and Sports Studies.
The Academy, also known as America’s Sports University, created the new bachelor’s in Strength and Conditioning so that students who complete this degree will be prepared to take national certification exams in the fields of strength and conditioning and personal training that are critical to advancement in the profession with groups such as the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and the American Council on Exercise (ACE).
Additionally, the sports university’s bachelor’s students will have both the physiological and sports management knowledge required to direct, develop and run a training facility.
Also among the new degree’s objectives are training students to work with athletes to improve their athletic performance, to understand nutrition, and to learn necessary kinesiology, anatomy and physiology to prevent and care for sports-related injuries.
To coincide with this new bachelor’s offering, the Academy is looking at enhancements to its master’s program in Sports Fitness and Health.
Academy President and CEO Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich says the faculty and board recognized the growing demand for such a program.
“Currently, there are a variety of compatible degrees taught by universities around the country, but none are more suitable for a job as a strength and conditioning specialist than our new program,” Dr. Rosandich says. “Our bachelor’s degree is practical and our students can be confident they will learn about the human body and how it works, as well as how the body responds to exercise.”
Academy graduates in Strength and Conditioning can expect rewarding careers working in high school and collegiate athletic departments, athletic clubs, training facilities and corporate health programs.