Kinesiology and Sports Studies

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This major has three concentrations that focus on physical fitness and sports. All student will complete a course on careers in Kinesiology and a course on structural kinesiology, the study of muscles and movement. Teacher certification students will complete both lecture and activity classes to provide them with knowledge and experience in physical education for all grade levels. Exercise science students will have lecture, lab, and activity classes geared toward health-related fitness, sport management students will take classes in administrative and business procedures related to sports. An interest in sports, coaching, and fitness would be important for students in this major. The Kinesiology and Sports Studies department has outstanding faculty who have real-world experience and stay current and active in their field. The faculty involve students in research activities and have a genuine interest in the students success.


Teacher Licensure K-12


Exercise Science, Sport Management

Hours Required


Four Year Degree Plan

Graduate Degree Opportunities After Graduation

Pedagogy, Sport Administration, Exercise Science

Course Catalog Listing (Teacher Licensure) (Physical Education Teacher Licensure Option K-12 Special Certificate) (Exercise Science Concentration) (Sport Management Concentration)

Typical Starting Positions

Physical Education Teacher, Personal Trainer, Coach, Cardiac Rehabilitation Specialist, Group Fitness Instructor, Athletic Director, Game Day Operations, Sports Marketing, Sports Media, Wellness Specialist, Strength and Conditioning Coach

Well Known Companies that Hire EIU Graduates

EIU, Sarah Bush Lincoln Hospital, Lifetime Fitness

Study Abroad Opportunities

University of Winchester Study Abroad Program, COST, Toronto for Teachers

Research Opportunities

Independent Study Faculty/Student Collaboration

Student Professional Organizations

Illinois Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance America Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance America College of Sports Medicine National Strength and Conditioning Association North American Society for Sport Management Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs National Athletic Trainers Association

Faculty Listing

Faculty Research Interests

Physical Activity and Aging, Psychomotor Assessment and Competence, Teacher Effectiveness, Sports Pedagogy, PE Teacher Education, Endurance Training, Athletic Training Education, Athletic Trainers in School Settings, Body Composition, Cardiopulmonary Function with Activity, Evaluation of Obesity, Pulmonary Rehabilitation, Physical Activity and Rehabilitation, Diabetes Prevention and Management, Metabolic Syndrome, Music and Exercise, Achievement Goal Theory, Pitch Recognition Ability in Baseball, Sports Marketing, Economics of Sport, Sport History, Muscular Adaptations of Resistance Exercise Programs

Faculty Honors & Awards

Larry Ankenbrand - Outstanding Teacher Award for the KSS Faculty (2010) Mark Kattenbraker – Outstanding Teacher Award for the KSS Faculty (2011) Kevin Hussey - AAHPERD / NAGWS Service Award March 2011 for 21 years of Presentation Service, March 2011 Brent Walker - Scientific Programming Division Head-Elect, Association for Applied Sport Mark Kattenbraker - Vice President – IAHPERD Tony Oliver - 2010 = Vice President Elect, Adults – IAHPERD, 2011-current = Vice President, Adults - IAHPERD Stacey Ruholl - IAHPERD SE District Treasurer Kevin Hussey - Head Badminton Coach for the Junior Pan American Championships, Dominican Republic, 2010; USA Badminton Coach, China, 2009; Phyllis Croisant – 2009 Graduate Dean’s Award of Excellence in Research and Creative Activity Jeff Willardson – Faculty Achievement and Contribution Award: Research & Creative Activity (2010) Stacey Ruholl – Faculty Achievement and Contribution Award: Teaching (2010) Dr. Phyllis Croisant – Faculty Achievement and Contribution Award: Service (2009) Dr. Brian Pritschet – Faculty Achievement and Contribution Award: Service (2009) Brian Pritschet – IAHPERD Service Award (2009) Brent Walker – Mental Training Consultant – U.S. Soccer and U.S. Paralympic Soccer Teams

Kinesiology and Sports Studies, Lantz Arena 2506
Contact Name: Mark Kattenbraker, Chair
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