Exercise and Sport Science

August 6th, 2013 by lang.kjer
A dance class practices in Graff Main Hall gymnasium in 1913.

A dance class practices in Graff Main Hall gymnasium in 1913.

Exercise and Sport Science celebrates centennial

Since 1913, the department now named Exercise and Sport Science (ESS) has offered professional education programs related to health, physical education and sport. Now is the time to celebrate that history.

In 1913, the mission was to educate teacher by first offering a certificate, then a degree in physical education. With the graduating of qualified physical educators, the number of students in the department continued to increase. In the 1970’s the number of students in the UW-L Department of Physical Education reached its peak of approximately 1,500 undergraduates.

Program development in the 1970s and 1980s included adding cardiac rehabilitation, athletic training, sport management and exercise science. The programs have reached a level of national and in some cases international, recognition.

The department employs 15 ranked faculty members, 12 instructional academic staff and one non-instructional academic staff member. Four undergraduate programs are available: athletic training, exercise science, physical education and sport management; along with three graduate programs: clinical exercise physiology, human performance and physical education.

Faculty are continually updating course work and developing pedagogical innovations. New teaching materials are developed annually for general education and professional courses.