Sports Studies (SPST)
Craig Eilbacher, Professor, Chair
Lavon Williams, Professor
Brenda Swearingin, Associate Professor
Wonjun Choi, Visiting Assistant Professor of Sport Management
The Department of Sport Studies focuses on both the study of human movement and on the exercise and sport industry. From physical therapy to sports psychology and sports management, Guilford students develop a broad cultural perspective of sport. Through the investigation of theories and best practices in the field, our students develop practical skills and knowledge as well as the ability to think critically and creatively. An emphasis on both clinical and liberal arts provides a breadth of experience and the moral and ethical foundations necessary to assume leadership roles in their post-graduate endeavors.
The Bachelor of Science degree is offered in Exercise and Sport Sciences, and in Sport Management.
A basic study of selected systems of the human body and their responses to exercise. Emphasis on personal nutrition and its relationship to fitness, the development and implementation of personal fitness programs, and the relationship of fitness to health. Laboratory, lecture and participation.
This is a beginning-level course for students with little or no dance or ballet experience. Students will explore the beauty and power of this art through the study of technique at the barre, learning the French terminology, the critical viewing of live concerts and performing in a semester-end showing.
This is an introduction to the art of jazz dance, designed as a continuing study of the technique introduced in SPST 112/THEA 101 and SPST 110/THEA 103. The emphasis of the course is on style and the acquisition of an explosive performance quality; technical studies will include isolations, turns, placement and strengthening.
An introduction to the art of modern dance, designed for students with little or no dance or modern experience. This dance form, with its philosophy based in the expression of personal and contemporary social concerns, will explore various movement techniques including those of Martha Graham, Erick Hawkins, Doris Humphrey and Jose Limon.
This course is intended for students who have already experienced dance, with a continuation of concepts and technique from SPST 110/THEA 103, SPST 111/THEA 104 and SPST 112/THEA 101. In addition to the critical viewing of works, this course emphasizes the expansion of one’s classical movement vocabulary and the discovery of one’s own performance quality.
This course is an introduction to many aspects of dance. Students develop an awareness and appreciation for dance as art and expression through an exploration of history, contemporary trends, social themes, personalities, sample dance class experiences and choreographic projects. Fulfills arts and diversity in the U.S. requirements (1998). Arts/humanities and sociocultural engagement requirements (2019).
This course is a formal introduction to the art of dance composition. It is designed for students that have had previous dance experiences in technique, the creative process leading to performance and the critical viewing of works; for students working toward a minor in dance, it is preferred that this be the final course completed.
An exploration in the discipline of exercise and sport science (kinesiology) andits relation to health and physical activity. The course will explore the importance of history and philosophy in health and physical activity in today’s society and possible career opportunities. Enrollment limited to freshmen or sophomores or instructor permission.
An introductory course designed to acquaint students with career possibilities for sport management personnel within various segments of the sports and fitness business communities. Course includes development of a resumé and a professional portfolio. Fulfills business and policy studies requirement. Enrollment limited to first year or sophomore, or instructor permission.
A study of basic first aid and emergency care procedures resulting in certification in first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
May also be offered at 250, 350 and 450 levels.
A study of the basic concepts of and promotion of personal and community health from a wellness perspective. Emphases are on contemporary health issues of special concern to young adults and health issues of professional concern to those aspiring to careers in sports or fitness. Fulfills business and policy studies requirement (1998).
Introductory course that teaches how to identify, understand and combat the stresses of everyday life while developing a healthy living concept. Techniques include Zen meditation, Hatha Yoga, imagery, music therapy, Tai Chi, massage therapy, time management and coping mechanisms.
The course is designed to provide students an understanding of medical terminology including recognition of word roots, prefixes, and suffixes, comprehend definitions; and learn systems and regions of the human body. Additionally, proper spelling for all body systems, treatments, human disorders and pathological conditions will provide students the knowledge to communicate in all allied health fields.
Fundamentals of and current trends in planning and design, emphasizing athletic, physical education and recreation facilities. Field trips to evaluate facilities on-site; an overview of job responsibilities of sport/recreation facility managers.
An introduction to basic sociological theories as they apply to sport and other forms of physical activity. Students learn to think more critically about sports as a part of social life; a seminar approach used to explore issues in making sports more democratic and sport participation accessible to all people. Fulfills business and policy studies requirement and social justice/environmental responsibility (1998). Social/behavioral science and evaluating systems and environments requirements (2019).
A study of the neuromuscular processes involved in motor skill acquisition and performance in sport and rehabilitative settings. Emphasis is on the adult learner.
An exploration of common emergencies that occur in athletics and the physically active population. Current procedures utilized in injury recognition and management of potentially life-threatening situations will be covered in depth. A corequisite laboratory course enables students to practice and apply theoretical principles.
A study of the neuromuscular and biomechanical principles that affect the safety, effectiveness and efficiency of human movement. Emphasis is on movement for sport, fitness and activities of daily living.
A study of the American sporting heritage and significant historical influences on it from other cultures. “Sport” in this course is used to include amateur, professional and school sports, fitness, recreation, and dance. Emphasis on sport leaders and the innovations that have shaped American sport.
This 3-week experiential course allows students to explore and gain an appreciation for non-western cultural influences on issues related to human relations and the field of kinesiology. This course offering includes 10-12 days in a non-western county where we will explore health- and wellness-related issues through the lens of culture and sustainability with local experts. Fulfills business and policy studies, intercultural requirements, and social justice/environmental responsibility (1998). Evaluating Systems and Environments, Social/behavioral science and sociocultural engagement requirements, and Public Health major (2019).
May also be offered at 360 and 460 levels.
Supervised practicums for students interested exploring sport management and/or ESS career options.
This course is designed to cover content and provide experiences that will assist students in researching specific sport organizations and various allied health settings while initiating the process of applying for and internship. In addition, students will be exposed to information concerning the preparation of resumes, cover letters, job interviews, and professional dispositions.
A study of human physiological responses to the stress of physical activity. Emphasis is placed on the muscular, cardiovascular, respiratory and nervous systems and various training programs and testing procedures related to each system.
A study of the science of nutrition, especially as it applies to humans engaged in sport and exercise. Content includes nutrition basics, energy-yielding nutrients, energy production and balance, vitamins and minerals and nutritional effects on the life cycle.
A study of the organizational and administrative processes in athletic and exercise programs and school physical education programs. Emphasized are administrative philosophies, programming, legal issues and budget theory.
The purpose of this course is to provide information to the learner about the basic financial management concepts and issues in the sport business industry. The course is primarily designed for students with interest in learning about the fiscal challenges that surround the contemporary sports world associated with a facility and how these challenges are proactively addressed in the amateur, professional and recreation sport settings. Considerable amount of time will be spent creating the financial structure of an athletic facility,
A comprehensive study of the public relations function within the sport industry. Students will prepare press releases, produce oral presentations, conduct mock press conferences and develop promotions using social media for sport business.
An examination of basic psychological theories and research related to sport and exercise behavior. Enrollment limited to juniors and seniors.
A study of common assessment procedures used in sport and exercise programs. Includes procedures for psychomotor, affective and cognitive measurement.
A basic study of purposes, effects and application of therapeutic modalities, along with techniques and protocols used in rehabilitation program development of athletic injuries. Pharmacological considerations also included. A co-requisite practicum course enables students to practice principles and techniques.
Fundamentals of marketing sport and of using sport to market other products. Focus on product definition, branding, distribution channels, advertising and promotion.
A study of legal concerns in sport and exercise programming. A focus on legal liability and risk management in a wide variety of sport and exercise programs and facilities.
A study of the methods and materials utilized in research in sport studies. Focus on the consumption and production of research; writing-intensive. Must be junior or senior.
Capstone course for the exercise and sport science major. This course prepares the student to sit for the Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) certification from the National Strength & Conditioning Association. A passing grade in this course is not, however, a guarantee that the student will pass the CSCS certification examination.
Introduction to the use of scientific assessment methods and essential techniques used in physical examination and evaluation of injuries and illnesses common in athletes and physically active individuals.
Supervised internship in sport management, sports medicine or physical education.