SAB 561 Contemporary Issues in Sports (3 sem. hrs.)

This course is designed to provide students with an overview of the major issues in the world of sports. All primary issues impacting contemporary sports are covered, including performance- enhancing drugs; human growth hormones; gender inequity; race and ethnicity; youth, adolescent, and adult programs; media involvement; economics; management structures; and globalization. This course is a core requirement in all majors. This course requires a class paper.

SAB 563 Psychological Aspects of Sports Medicine (3 sem. hrs.)

This course is a study of the psychological and sociological aspects of Sports Medicine. Emphasis will be given to the application of knowledge to the counseling of athletes coping with sports injuries and to the development of motivational strategies for rehabilitation and return to physical activity. This course requires a class paper.

SAB 566 Psychological Aspects of Health and Fitness Programming (3 sem. hrs.)

This course is a study of the psychological and sociological aspects of health and fitness programming and the application of this knowledge to the development of effective motivational and behavioral modification strategies. This course requires a class paper.

SAB 568 Sports Psychology (3 sem. hrs.)

This course involves the study of human psychological behavior and its influence in sports and exercise settings. It is designed to provide a student with information gleaned from research in Sports Psychology as well as practical knowledge to become a more effective Sports Management professional, coach, or fitness instructor. This course requires a class paper.

SAB 571 Sports Coaching Methodology (3 sem. hrs.)

This course develops a theoretical base for teaching sports and sports skills and thus has a practical application. The course includes the development of a coaching philosophy, with an emphasis on ethics in coaching and establishing a successful coaching style. A review of the impact of contemporary trends and issues in coaching is included. Managerial skills common to all coaching activities are discussed. This course requires a class paper.

SAB 595 Sports Coaching Clinic (1 sem. hr.)

This course requires a minimum of 15 hours attendance and/or participation in a coaching clinic organized by a recognized sport’s governing body. In addition the student must present a research paper that outlines at least two of the following four topics: student philosophies of coaching; sport-specific coaching philosophies; a discussion of at least five different sessions in the coaching clinic; or evaluation of the clinic sessions.

SAD 546 Seminar in Sports Medicine (3 sem. hrs.)

This course provides an overview of the Sports Medicine profession. It is designed to educate athletic trainers, fitness professionals, and sports coaches on how to assess and manage sports injuries. This course requires a final exam.

SAD 548 Advanced Assessment in Sports Medicine (3 sem. hrs.)

This course is designed to enhance a student’s assessment techniques for evaluating athletic injuries and illnesses. It considers the connection between structure and function, with anatomy being the structure upon which biomechanical and physiological function is based. Particular emphasis is placed upon the development of a sound systematic and methodical evaluation technique to assess abnormal biomechanics (pathomechanics) and abnormal physiology(pathology). Such a technique is critical for making decisions on how best to manage and rehabilitate the injured or ill athlete. This course requires a final exam.

SAD 556 Issues in Nutrition and Health (3 sem. hrs.)

This course covers the principles of sound nutrition as they relate to the athlete as well as to the average individual in our society. In addition, it covers physiological aspects: how nutrition affects the body in terms of optimal health. This course requires a final exam.

SAD 562 Scientific Principles of Resistance Training (3 sem. hrs.)

This course provides study of resistance training, including physiological and psychological aspects, basic concepts and principles, types of programs and training, and benefits for specific populations. The information necessary to understand and successfully design any resistance- training program is presented in this course. This course requires a final exam.

SAD 587 Management Strategies in Sports Medicine (3 sem. hrs.)

This course involves the study of the basic concepts, theories, and organization of management as applied to the field of Sports Medicine. Topics include organizational structure and function, program development and administration, human resource management, financial management, inventory control, information management, insurance issues, and legal considerations in Sports Medicine. This course requires a class paper.

SAD 591 Treatment Procedures in Sports Medicine (3 sem. hrs.)

This course is a study of modalities, including the physiological effects, rationale, principles, and methods of applying physical agents, therapeutic exercises, evaluation, and treatment planning in the practice of Sports Medicine. This course requires a final exam.

SAM 523 NCAA Compliance (3 sem. hrs.)

This course is designed to give the student a working knowledge of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) compliance issues. It will present an overview of rules, eligibility, bylaws, and practices and procedures of the NCAA. This course requires a class paper.

SAM 524 NCAA Rules and Procedures (3 sem. hrs.)

Examining and analyzing the bylaws, policies, and procedures of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is at the heart of this course. Students will be introduced to specific cases to develop a comprehensive understanding and appreciation of the NCAA, what it is, and how it functions. This course requires a class paper.

SAM 530 Food and Beverage Service Management for Sport Clubs (3 sem. hrs.)

The course covers the origin, production, storing, marketing, and control of food and beverages in the hospitality industry. Topics integral to the successful management of restaurant and food service organizations are also covered. This course requires a final exam.

SAM 533 Sports Club Management (3 sem. hrs.)

Covers the scope of club services, which includes personnel, small business operations, recruitment, leadership, and risk management. This course requires a class paper.

SAM 534 Membership and Marketing for Sport Clubs (3 sem. hrs.)

Study of marketing as it applies to the sports and leisure industry. Also examines the role of marketing in strategic planning. This course requires a class paper.

SAM 535 Introduction to Parks, Recreation, and Tourism (3 sem. hrs.)

A survey of the concepts and issues related to leisure, parks, recreation, and tourism in American society. Also, the effects of recreation and leisure on social, individual, and environmental aspects of our society will be examined. This course requires final exam.

SAM 536 Philosophy and History of Recreation and Leisure (3 sem. hrs.)

This course is designed to discuss philosophies and contemporary social issues concerning recreation and leisure. Also, the history of recreation and leisure will be discussed. This course requires a class paper.

SAM 537 Introduction to Recreational Sport Management (3 sem. hrs.)

Explores concepts and applications of effective recreational sport programming and administration. Information concerning careers in recreational sport management will be presented. This course requires a final exam.

SAM 541 Sports Administration for Coaches (3 sem. hrs.)

This course is designed to introduce managerial and administrative concepts to athletic coaches. These concepts are integral to the successful development of an athletic program. Information concerning the practical application of business models and theories pertaining to the athletic administration and sports coaching professions will be presented. Also, business techniques associated with the survival and growth of an athletic program will be examined. This course requires a final exam.

SAM 542 Sports Business and Personnel Management (3 sem. hrs.)

This course involves the study of the principles of personnel management, including staffing, training, creating a favorable work environment, labor relations, compensation, benefits, laws, position descriptions, and employee evaluations. This course requires a final exam.

SAM 543 Sports Administration (3 sem. hrs.)

The purpose of this course is to demonstrate to the prospective sports manager the importance of a basic understanding of administration theory and practice. The course will help students understand the sports manager’s position and the environment in which he or she performs. This course is a core requirement for all degree-seeking students. This course requires a final exam.

SAM 544 Sports Marketing (3 sem. hrs.)

This course includes an in-depth study of sports marketing and its influence on the accomplishment of objectives in the world of sports. It involves a thorough review of the product, be it tangible or a service, and details bringing the product to market. Topics include advertising, promotions, public relations, location, pricing, sponsorships, licensing, market segmentation, and the role of research. This course is a core requirement for all degree-seeking students. Prerequisites: SAB 561 and SAM 543. This course requires a class paper.

SAM 545 Sports Finance (3 sem. hrs.)

This course involves a study of the basic financial considerations a Sports Management professional must understand to function effectively. It includes the financial challenges facing the profession, sources of funding, budgeting and financial statements, the concept of economic impact analysis, and the pros and cons of using public-sector funds. This course requires a final exam.

SAM 550 Fundraising in Sports (3 sem. hrs.)

This course is a study of the concepts of sports fundraising. It provides a framework within which development staff, managers, and directors can operate and develop fundraising programs. This course requires a class paper.

SAM 551 Public Relations in Sports (3 sem. hrs.)

Understanding the fundamentals of public relations and how they uniquely apply to sports in today’s world is the primary focus of this course. The vital role public relations plays in sports management cannot be overlooked in our contemporary sports environment, which can be both the beneficiary and the victim of our immediate access to information through social media, internet blogs, and the host of other electronic transfers of information. An examination and analysis of all these elements provides the basis for this in-depth inquiry into the crucial contributions public relations makes to the world of sports. This course requires a class paper.

SAM 582 Sports Facilities (3 sem. hrs.)

This course involves the study of the principles, guidelines, and recommendations for planning, constructing, using, and maintaining indoor and outdoor sports, physical education, recreation, and fitness facilities. This course requires a final exam.

SAM 586 Sports Law and Risk Management (3 sem. hrs.)

This course introduces the fundamental tenets of the law and familiarizes students with legal structure and basic legal terminology. Various types of law are examined, as is the impact each has on the sports industry. A thorough review of risk management as it interfaces with legal liability issues in the sports industry is provided. This course requires a final exam.

SAM 592 Introduction to the Business of Sports Agents (3 sem. hrs.)

This course is designed to examine the role of the sports agent in the world of sports. An emphasis is placed on NCAA rules and state regulations surrounding recruitment by agents and the potential pitfalls an athlete could face. A thorough understanding of the sports agency profession is provided, including the techniques necessary to operate successfully in the profession. This course requires a final exam.

SAR 510 Sports Biomechanics (3 sem. hrs.)

This course is a comprehensive study of human movement as it relates to sports and exercise. It covers how the study of biomechanics can promote human performance and prevent injury. This course requires a final exam.

SAR 511 Sports Performance Enhancement (3 sem. hrs.)

The course is designed for sports coaches to study human movement as it relates to sports activities. Coaching techniques and methodology are addressed as regards to analyzing skills and improving sports performance. This course requires a final exam.

SAR 520 Exercise Physiology (3 sem. hrs.)

This course is a study of various factors that affect human performance, including regulatory mechanisms, adaptations, and changes that occur as a result of physical activity. This course requires a final exam.

SAR 525 Sports Conditioning and Strength (3 sem. hrs.)

This course is designed to study the fundamental principles of training and nutrition in sports and exercise. It is intended to develop knowledge of the anatomical and physiological systems challenged by sports conditioning and strength training, and to develop an awareness of fitness and nutrition programming. Ideas can be used to enhance individual and team performance in sports. This course requires a final exam.

SAR 526 Personal Training (3 sem. hrs.)

This course will combine sports science and entrepreneurial principles toward the design and implementation of a personal training business. This course requires a final exam.

SAR 575 Professional Writing and Applied Research (3 sem. hrs.)

This course will introduce the exciting world of research design and statistics to sports professionals employed in a variety of settings. The format and techniques for writing a scholarly research paper will be presented. Various types of research commonly used in sports are reviewed. Descriptive and inferential statistical analyses are covered, with an emphasis on their application to sports. This course requires a class paper.

SAR 580 Exercise Testing and Prescription (3 sem. hrs.)

This course is a concentrated study of the principles of exercise testing and prescription for healthy and diseased states. The prerequisite for this course is SAR 520. This course requires a final exam.

SAR 587 Management Strategies in Health and Fitness (3 sem. hrs.)

The study of the basic concepts, theories, and organization of management as applied to the field of health and fitness. Topics include organizational structure and function, program development and administration, human resource management, financial management, inventory control, information management, insurance issues, and legal considerations in health and fitness. This course requires a final exam.

SCS 508 Coaching Baseball (3 sem. hrs.)

This course is designed to provide the foundations of coaching baseball to help current and future coaches accomplish the development of successful baseball programs. Coaching baseball has numerous challenges on and off the field. This course provides an in-depth analysis of all of the critical aspects of the competitions of baseball. It utilizes insight from some of the best baseball minds to put the coach-practitioner in a position to succeed. This course requires a final exam.

SCS 513 Coaching Basketball (3 sem. hrs.)

This course is designed to provide the knowledge and skills necessary to individuals who intend to coach basketball at secondary, collegiate, and professional levels. Emphasis will be placed on understanding and teaching the fundamental skills, techniques, drills, and team strategies. Planning, preparation, and administration of the various phases of the season, practices, and competitions, along with the development of coaching philosophy and program evaluation plan for future improvement, will be covered. This course requires a final exam.

SCS 532 Coaching Football (3 sem. hrs.)

This course is designed to provide entry-level information, fundamentals, principles, and management “enablers” for anyone who would coach and/or instruct basic American football. This course requires a final exam.

SCS 564 Coaching Soccer (3 sem. hrs.)

This course is designed to provide the knowledge and skills necessary to individuals who intend to coach soccer at the secondary, collegiate, and professional levels. Emphasis will be placed on understanding and teaching the fundamental skills, techniques, drills, and team strategies. Planning, preparation, and administration of the various phases of the season, practices, and competitions, along with the development of coaching philosophy, and program evaluation plan for future improvement will be covered. This course requires a final exam.

SCS 566 Coaching Softball (3 sem. hrs.)

This course covers the philosophical foundations of coaching softball and the technical aspects of coaching the game. The philosophical foundations include setting priorities, identifying personal standards, player and coach value systems, and organizing, building, and marketing the team. The technical portion of the course includes individual skills, team strategies, motivating players, and preparing for competition in tournaments and playoffs. This course requires a final exam.

SCS 576 Coaching Tennis (3 sem. hrs.)

This course focuses on current ideas and practical experiences reflecting coaching trends in tennis. The material presented is a culmination of information researched by both the USTA national coaching staff and the USTA sports science staff. The course is designed to provide the student with practical knowledge in the coaching of a tennis team—be it high school, college, junior tennis, or USTA-affiliated league. This course will examine issues regarding establishing a coaching foundation, planning for the overall season, teaching tennis skills and strategies, preparing players for competitive match play, and evaluating players and the program. This course requires a final exam.

SCS 578 Coaching Volleyball (3 sem. hrs.)

This course examines the practical side of coaching volleyball. By illustrating the importance of scouting, practice preparation, and physical training, it attempts to address some of the major areas of volleyball coaching. The major areas of volleyball are broken down into the following categories: coaching priorities and principles, program building and management, innovative and effective practice sessions, individualized skills and team tactics, and game-winning strategies. This course requires a final exam.

SPT 597 Individualized Study (3-9 sem. hrs.)

To register for an individual study directed by a faculty member, students must have the prior approval of the Chief Academic Officer.

SPT 598 Mentorship (9 sem. hrs.)

Mentorships include supervised work for 450 clock-hours in Sports Fitness & Health, Sports Coaching, Sports Management, Sports Studies or Sports Medicine in schools, colleges and universities, businesses and industries. The prerequisite is the completion of the first 12 semester hours of the degree program. This course requires a final paper.

The mentorship is required for the Master of Sports Science degree in Sports Fitness & Health and Master of Science degree in Sports Medicine. Those students who are healthcare professionals or physicians may petition to take three additional approved courses in lieu of the mentorship. The petition must include documentation of their credentials as a healthcare professional.

SPT 599 Thesis (9 sem. hrs.)

The formal development of an original research project is under the direction of a faculty committee. The thesis includes two 90-minute oral presentations at the Daphne, Alabama, campus. The thesis experience includes the planning and presentation of an oral proposal defense and an oral final defense of a completed research manuscript. The oral presentations may be augmented by the use of PowerPoint or other computer applications.

SPT PRTM Master’s Portfolio

The Portfolio was developed to enhance the student’s program of study through a more personal and individualized educational experience by enriching the program with personal experiences related to areas of sport education. The Portfolio will help to expand the student’s research experience, increase the breadth of training, and expand their scholarly credentials by blending practical life experiences and professional work history within their program of study.

SAB 622 Structure and Function of the Olympic Games (3 sem. hrs.)

The structure and function of the Olympic movement, starting with the International Olympic Committee and moving through the national governing bodies to international sports associations, is the focus of this course. It emphasizes the unique characteristics of the Olympic Movement and various political, social, and economic impacts on the Games. This course requires a final exam.

SAB 634 Ethics in Sport (3 sem. hrs.)

This course is concerned with the study of Sports Management ethics and the manner in which ethics can be applied and implemented in an individual’s personal and professional life. We will be reminded that “whereas ethics are precepts of right and wrong in our behavior and judgments, the word morality often refers to a way of life, to beliefs, attitudes, motives, and values individuals learn and exhibit in a social context.” This course requires a class paper.

SAB 651 Issues in the Olympic Movement (3 sem. hrs.)

The impact of contemporary issues on the Olympic Movement, whether they are governmental, intellectual, societal, cultural, political, or economic, is the focus of this course. Through selected readings, factors such as race, gender, religion, nationalism, drug use, commercialism, and violence and their influence on the Olympic Movement are taken into consideration. This course requires a class paper.

SAB 657 Psychology of Elite Performance (3 sem. hrs.)

This course examines the psychological factors that are most critical to elite sport performances. Special emphasis is focused on the physical, mental, and emotional variables related to optimal performance conditions. Theory and practice for athletes and coaches will be discussed. This course requires a final exam.

SAB 659 Group Dynamics in Sports (3 sem. hrs.)

In depth study of the influence of teams on the individual performance and the influence of individuals on team performance in sport and exercise settings. Particular focus on interpersonal aspects such as cohesion and leadership. This course requires a class paper.

SAB 660 Sports in America: Current Issues (3 sem. hrs.)

This course is designed to give individuals a sociological perspective on sports in American society. It will examine politics, economics, education, the mass media, gender, race, and financial compensation as each relates to sports. This course requires a final exam.

SAB 667 Olympism (3 sem. hrs.)

This course examines the growth and development of the modern Olympic Games through the eyes of their founder, Pierre de Coubertin. The International Olympic Committee has published selected writings by de Coubertin that include the search for a vision, the events leading up to the Olympic renewal, historical perspectives of the Olympics, the philosophical and educational dimensions of Olympism, and the Olympic Movement. This course requires a class paper.

SAB 670 Selected Readings in Sports Coaching (3 sem. hrs.)

This course will provide students an opportunity to conduct a series of literature reviews about an approved sports coaching topic. The selected topic should include literature reviews pertaining to the concepts and/or issues faced by coaches while performing their coaching responsibilities. The focus of this course is to enhance the student’s research and composition abilities while gaining in-depth knowledge regarding the profession of sports coaching. This course requires a class paper.

SAB 671 Advanced Coaching Theories (3 sem. hrs.)

This course allows students to select sports coaching readings from a preselected reading list in order to complete a series of book reports. These sports coaching readings will consist of topics such as leadership, communication, management, skill acquisition, and risk management. The focus of this course is to enhance the student’s knowledge concerning the profession of sports coaching. This course requires a class paper.

SAM 622 Structure and Function of Professional and Amateur Sports Organizations (3 sem. hrs.)

The course provides an analysis of professional and amateur sports organizations from a philosophical, historical, and operational perspective. It takes an in-depth look at the management and business practices of this industry. It is designed for leaders in the industry who will manage effective and efficient sports organizations. This course requires a final exam.

SAM 640 Labor Relations in Sports (3 sem. hrs.)

This course provides an in-depth examination of areas of labor relations that are particularly relevant to sports. The growth and development of unions within the sports industry is explored, with an emphasis on labor-management agreements currently utilized in professional sports. This course requires a final exam.

SAM 644 Sports Marketing Research (3 sem. hrs.)

This course examines marketing research pertinent to the successful operation of sports enterprises. It includes the study of research design, data analysis, and the presentation of results. This course requires a class paper.

SAM 660 Financial Aspects of Sports (3 sem. hrs.)

This course involves an in-depth study of the financial challenges facing contemporary sports administrators, including an examination of financial data analysis, sources of funding, budgeting and financial accountability, inventory management and production control processes, profit distribution, taxation, and accounting processes. This course requires a final exam.

SAM 662 Sports Entrepreneurship (3 sem. hrs.)

This course involves the study of entrepreneurship for those with a serious interest in owning their own businesses. Students prepare a comprehensive business plan for starting or acquiring a business. The process of operating a business is also explored. This course requires a class paper.

SAM 672 Personnel Training and Development (3 sem. hrs.)

This course reviews various forms of personnel training and development. On-the-job and off-the- job training programs, personnel evaluation procedures, and needs assessments are also examined. This course requires a final exam.

SAM 682 Facilities Planning in Sports (3 sem. hrs.)

This course examines the principles, guidelines, and recommendations for the planning, construction, maintenance, and management of sports facilities. It is designed to provide students with an awareness of the facilities appropriate to sports programs, ranging from colleges to ultramodern fitness centers. This course requires a final exam.

SAM 686 Research in Olympism (3 sem. hrs.)

This course is designed to study special aspects of the administration and operation of the Olympic Games. The historical significance of the Seoul Summer Olympics is examined. International students who are Sport Management majors may elect to take this course in place of SAM 586 Sports Law and Risk Management. This course requires a class paper.

SAM 688 Sports Journalism (3 sem. hrs.)

This course will introduce students to the roles and responsibilities of those employed in the field of sports journalism and to the importance of sports journalism to the media. The objectives of sports journalism from a business and editorial standpoint and towards different demographic audiences will also be analyzed. This course requires a class paper.

SAR 672 Computer Analysis in Sports (3 sem. hrs.)

The purpose of this course is to introduce the students to statistical analysis using the SPSS statistical software. This is an applied course in which the student will learn how to use SPSS to computer basic statistics, such as analyses of variance and linear regression. This course requires a final exam.

SAR 673 Information Systems and Analysis in Sports (3 sem. hrs.)

This course is a study of how to use and manage information systems in business and sports. This course is an elective in the doctoral program. This course requires a final exam.

SAR 674 Research Statistics in Sports (3 sem. hrs.)

This course is an overview of statistical methods utilized in sports and exercise science. Emphasis will be placed on computer software-based analysis. Topics include hypothesis testing, normal distributions, t-tests, analysis of variance, chi-square, nonparametric techniques, correlation, and linear regression. This course requires a final exam.