EXERCISE AND SPORT SCIENCE (ESS)
Course Descriptions

ESS 423/523 Cr. 2
Adherence Principles for a Physically Active Lifestyle

This course provides the essential theoretical foundations and practical applications of the psychological concepts involved in living a physically active lifestyle. Prerequisite: ESS 302

ESS 430/530 Cr. 4
Cause and Effects of Developmental, Physical and Sensory Disorders

The etiology and effects of selected physical, sensory, mental, and emotional disorders. Content includes the full range of each category mild through severe/profound and the role of physical education in the educational program. Students in the special physical education concentration are given priority in enrollment. Prerequisite: ESS 231 or RTH 326.

ESS 435/535 Cr. 2
Sports for Persons with Disabilities

This course will provide the student with a working knowledge of sport programs for persons with disabilities. Areas to be addressed are coaching and training of persons with disabilities (both physical and mental), classification of athletes, and the organization and conducting of sports events such as: wheelchair basketball, track, softball, and Special Olympics. Students in the adapted physical education concentration are given priority in enrollment. Prerequisite: ESS 231. Offered Sem. II.

ESS 436/536 Cr. 3
Assessment and Program Evaluation in Adapted Physical Education

An introduction to appropriate instruments for assessing the motor development and physical fitness needs of persons with disabilities. Students will learn how to use the results of a motor assessment to develop an individualized motor program. In addition, selected motor assessment instruments utilized by other disciplines will be evaluated. Students in the adapted physical education concentration will be given priority in enrollment. Prerequisite: ESS 231.

ESS 445/545 Cr. 3
Planning Facilities for Physical Activity and Sport

A study of planning techniques concerning facility development and maintenance for schools, athletic clubs, fitness centers, and professional sport organizations. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in ESS or acceptance to undergraduate sport management emphasis.

ESS 349/549 Cr. 2
Psychology of Coaching Competitive Athletics

Aids the prospective coach to better understand the application of psychological concepts to the coaching of sports. Emphasis will be on the methods of improving the performance of athletes through a better understanding of the factors affecting teaching and learning in athletics.

ESS 452/552 Cr. 2
Seven Habits of Highly Effective People

An in-depth study of lifestyle principles as identified by Stephen Covey in the book 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Students will explore how to apply these principles as teachers and coaches personally and with peers, students and athletes. Prerequisite: senior standing.

ESS 460/560 Cr. 1-3
Exercise Science Clinical Forum

Visiting lecturers as well as university professors will address various topics related to exercise science. Repeatable for credit.

ESS 480/680 Cr. 2
Injury Prevention, Management and Rehabilitation

Designed to assist the student in refinement of skills in prevention, management and rehabilitation of injuries occurring in a high activity environment. Special attention will be given to injury recognition and common injuries. Basic rehabilitation protocols will be reviewed in addition to conditions for referral. Prerequisite: teaching and/or coaching experience.

ESS 702 Cr. 3
Sport Administration

Principles of management theory and practice in the sport industry, including management functions, personnel, fiscal, program, and facility management of athletic/sport administration enterprise. Offered Sem. I.

ESS 725 Cr. 2
Diversity in the Physical Activity Setting

The class will address racial, ethnic, sexual orientation, and disability issues for which physical education teachers should have an awareness. The purpose of the course will be to sensitize the students to the fact that diversity is part of life in America and that a teacher needs to recognize that differences need to be understood and reflected upon so that the teacher can help all students have a positive educational experience. Pedagogical methods for integrating students will be addressed, such as inclusion techniques for students with a disability, culturally diverse games, and appropriate behavior management techniques.

ESS 727 Cr. 3
Planning for Effective Instruction in Physical Education

This course focuses on the planning and teaching skills needed to be an effective/model physical educator. Research related to teaching and learning styles will be studied and instructional materials will be developed. A variety of instructional units and lessons which incorporate knowledge-based objectives and developmentally appropriate learning experiences will be designed and implemented. Prerequisite: ESS 759.

ESS 728 Cr. 2-3
Effective Middle School Physical Education

Course designed to provide an overview of middle school physical education. Emphasis will be on current recommended standards and assessment procedures. Creating a positive learning environment, co-curricular activities, personal philosophy and program content will also be examined. Students may choose to do an independent application project utilizing material covered in the course.

ESS 732 Cr. 3
Advanced Athletic Activity Injury Management

This course provides students with clinically applicable knowledge and skills in the assessment and treatment of medical pathologies relative to athletic activity in a health care facility setting. Rotations will be completed in primary care, orthopedics, physical medicine, or emergency medicine. Lect. 1, Lab. 6. Prerequisite: Open to students certified by the NATABOC (or eligible), or who possess an equivalent athletic training credential. Offered Sem. II.

ESS 733 Cr. 3
Advanced Athletic Training Teaching

This course provides the student with experiences relevant to athletic training education. Students will work directly with athletic training faculty to plan courses, develop syllabi, plan and deliver selected course content, and evaluate students in UW-L’s undergraduate athletic training program. Lect. 1, Lab 6.  Prerequisite: ESS 734; open to students certified by the NATABOC (or eligible), or who possess equivalent athletic training credential. Offered Sem. II.

ESS 734 Cr. 3
Effective Instruction in Athletic Training

This course is designed to expose students to a wide variety of teaching methodologies that can be incorporated into athletic training courses. Additionally, relevant topics pertaining to both didactic and clinical education (e.g., standards for appropriate student supervision) in the area of athletic training will be covered. Prerequisite: Open to students certified by the NATABOC (or eligible), or who possess an equivalent athletic training credential. Offered Sem. I.

ESS 736 Cr. 3
Critical Analysis Project: Adapted Physical Education

This is a required course for the special physical education master’s degree non-thesis option program. The student will propose an issue/problem for approval by the analysis committee. Upon approval, the student will conduct an in-depth analysis of the issue/problem. The end product will be a written document describing the student’s analysis and an oral presentation with the analysis committee. Prerequisite: ESS 530, 536, and EFN 730.

ESS 737 Cr. 3
Curriculum Design in Physical Education

This course will provide an in-depth review of a variety of traditional and contemporary curricular models for physical education. Topics relating to philosophical perspectives/belief systems inherent in various types of programs will be included. Additional emphasis will also be given to designing and producing an elementary, junior/middle, or high school curriculum for the future and the evaluation model which could be used to assess its effectiveness.

ESS 738 Cr. 3
Financial Management for Sport Programs

Principles of sport finance and economics including budget development and management, fund-raising, and economic impact of sport, financial theories and practical application of sport income and expenditures in current society. Offered Sem. II.

ESS 739 Cr. 3
Current Issues in Sport Law

A comprehensive examination of the court and legal system as it relates to the sport enterprise. Offered Sem. II.

ESS 740 Cr. 3
Reading/Writing in Athletic Training

A survey and analysis of current and classical literature pertaining to the area of athletic training. Readings will include both assigned and student selected materials for the purpose of student presentation to and discussion with the assigned instructor. The class also includes a comprehensive writing assignment, which will culminate in the submission of a manuscript to be reviewed for publication in a scientific journal. Prerequisite: Open to students certified by the NATABOC (or eligible), or who possess and equivalent athletic training credential. Offered Sem. I.

ESS 741 Cr. 3
Concepts of Teaching in Elementary School Physical Education

An in-depth examination of teaching methods appropriate for use in elementary school physical education. Course work will involve an examination of research findings, laboratory experience and extensive reading and discussion in related areas.

ESS 744 Cr. 3
Laboratory Techniques in Clinical Exercise Physiology

Students learn techniques for health screening, evaluation of exercise tolerance (with and without gas exchange), body composition analysis, and spirometry. The focus is on hands-on skill development and supports theoretical concepts addressed in other parts of the curriculum. Lect. 2, Lab. 1. Prerequisite: ESS 770 or concurrent registration.

ESS 745 Cr. 3
Pedagogy of Outdoor Physical Education

This course covers the history, philosophy, and principles of outdoor physical education, and its interdisciplinary nature and aim of employing the outdoors to contribute to student’s physical and educational growth. The pedagogical focus provides teaching strategies, instructional materials, and procedures used in the field, as well as information on existing programs. Current research and national trends and issues will be emphasized.

ESS 746 Cr. 3
Physical Education Pedagogy Graduate Project

Culminating synthesis project to provide students with a supervised opportunity for in-depth study of a physical education issue, trend, or problem. Completion of the project should demonstrate advanced professional competence in program development, implementation, and evaluation. The project will be completed with graduate faculty approval and supervision. Prerequisite: EFN 736, completion of at least six hours of the required pedagogy core, candidacy approval, and unconditional acceptance into the pedagogy track of the M.S. in ESS teaching program.

ESS 747 Cr. 3
Advanced Principles of Athletic Performance Enhancement

This course provides advanced concepts of training and conditioning for both athletes and other populations. It includes applicable and practical information for developing conditioning programs for speed, strength, endurance, and power. This course is ideal for future professionals such as athletic coaches, strength and conditioning coaches, personal trainers and those planning to become strength and conditioning professionals. Prerequisite: ESS 770. Offered Summer Session.

ESS 749 Cr. 3
Psychological Aspects of Sport

Examines the developmental, personal, social and psychological aspects of sport performance. Special attention is given to psychological factors such as activation, aggression, anxiety, affiliation, motivation, personality, and performance variables. Offered Sem. II.

ESS 750 Cr. 3
Mechanics and Analysis of Movement

This course is designed to provide a mechanical understanding of the human body in motion. Mechanical principles, laws, and equations will be studied and applied to human movement in exercise and sport activities. Quantitative analysis techniques will be introduced and biomechanical assessment of various exercises and sports will be performed. Prerequisite: ESS 303 or equivalent; MTH 151 or equivalent. Offered Sem. I.

ESS 751 Cr. 3
Advanced Biomechanics

This course is designed to teach proficiency in quantifying and analyzing human movement activities. Advanced techniques in videography and force plate analysis will be covered. Utilization of biomechanical techniques for research activities will be a primary focus. Concurrent enrollment in ESS 761 recommended. Prerequisite: ESS 750. Offered Sem. II.

ESS 752 Cr. 3
Assessment of Physical Education and Athletics

This course is designed for practitioners in the field of physical education and athletics. Students will learn to utilize assessment strategies and data to improve instruction and program effectiveness. Emphasis on the use of assessment data to document effectiveness and increase accountability of physical education and athletic programs. Prerequisite: ESS 321 or equivalent. Offered Sem. II.

ESS 753 Cr. 2-3
Problems in Physical Education

Provides an opportunity to investigate and to attempt solution of a professional problem in one of the following areas: 1) athletics; 2) recreation; 3) health education; 4) dance; 5) physical education. Designed primarily for experienced teachers.

ESS 754 Cr. 3
Sport Marketing

Principles of marketing theory and practice in the sport industry to include public relations, promotions, special events, fund raising, and media. Offered Sem. I.

ESS 755 Cr. 1-3
Practical Experience in Sport Administration

This course will provide the student with hands-on, practical management experience prior to the ESS 788 Internship in Sport Administration. Experiences can include, but are not limited to, games and event management, personnel management, marketing and promotions, budget maintenance and fund raising. The student will be required to do 65 hours of work per credit under the direct supervision of the university personnel or a practitioner in the field. A written proposal describing the project and practicum outcomes must be approved by the supervisor and program director prior to the start of the experience. Students may not receive academic credit for experiences that are considered part of their normal professional workload or graduate assistantship responsibilities. Prerequisite: Nine (9) credits with a 3.0 GPA in Graduate Sport Administration Program. Repeatable for credit – maximum 6.

ESS 759 Cr. 3
Analysis and Supervision of Physical Education

Designed to present current research related to effective teaching in physical education, provide quantitative and qualitative techniques to gather information about and analyze teaching, and how to apply the principles of clinical supervision in physical education for the improvement of instruction. Additional emphasis will also be given to the personal assessment of teaching and the need for and characteristics of effective staff development activities.

ESS 760 Cr. 3
Problems in Athletics

This course is designed to provide the learner the opportunity to study specific problems in the field of athletics, and to analyze the constantly changing areas of coaching through lectures, readings, visual aids, discussion, and student investigation. Offered Sem. II.

ESS 761 Cr. 2
Lab Techniques in Human Performance — Biomechanics

This course provides a variety of hands-on experiences in biomechanical testing procedures. Students will be introduced to a variety of testing procedures utilized in collecting kinematic, and neuromuscular data. Special techniques of data processing will also be discussed. Prerequisite: ESS 750 or concurrent enrollment. Offered Sem. II.

ESS 762 Cr. 3
Lab Techniques in Human Performance — Exercise Physiology

Development of skills and experience (in the area of exercise physiology) necessary for data collection in laboratory and field settings, special techniques of data acquisition, processing, analyzing and interpretation of results using available experimental equipment and methods. Prerequisite: graduate standing in ESS, and ESS 770 or concurrent registration.

ESS 763 Cr. 2
Lab Techniques in Human Performance — Motor Learning

Development of skills and experience (in the area of motor learning) necessary for data collection in laboratory and field settings, special techniques of data acquisition, processing, analyzing and interpretation of results using available experimental equipment and methods. Prerequisite: graduate standing in ESS, and ESS 768 or concurrent registration.

ESS 765 Cr. 2-3
Adventure Education for Physical Educators

This course focuses on methods, safety, research, and management of adventure education programs and initiative games in the physical education curriculum. Implementation of adventure activities with different age groups and diverse populations in physical education programs will be emphasized, as well as the principles and challenges of teaching adventure education. The use of unique environments such as ropes courses and climbing walls will be included.

ESS 766 Cr. 3
Sports in American Culture

An examination of twentieth-century American culture and the role played in it by sports. Areas which will come under scrutiny are: the family, labor, industry, schools, churches, communication media, population mobility, government, race relations, foreign relations, war activities, and democracy as they are related to sports in America. Offered Sem. I.

ESS 768 Cr. 3
Psychomotor Bases of Skilled Performance

Integration of thought processes with the physical organism to produce highly skilled acts.

ESS 769 Cr. 3
Application of Muscle Physiology to Strength/Power Training

This course is designed to teach skeletal muscle physiology in a classroom setting combined with principles of weight training in a strength-training center. It is unique in that skeletal muscle physiology will be applied with an emphasis on a hands-on, practical approach to potentiate strength and power-speed in athletes. Topics include: the periodization model, i.e., forming a base, converting strength to power-speed, peaking and active rest; training modes, viz. free vs. fixed weights, isometrics, isotonics, isokinetics and plyometrics; over-stress training; and general weight room mechanics. Prerequisite: 4-6 credits of basic anatomy and physiology, 2-3 credits of exercise physiology. Recommended: two credits of biomechanics.

ESS 770 Cr. 3
Physiology of Activity

Designed to provide the student with a general overview of the physiological basis of activity with an emphasis on those factors affecting performance in healthy individuals. Prerequisite: ESS 302 or equivalent.

ESS 771 Cr. 2-3
Current Issues in Physical Education

Identification of current trends and issues in physical education. Emphasis on development of methods for resolving issues. Opportunities for the student to pursue professional issues of current interests will be encouraged. Repeatable for credit with program director permission - maximum 6.

ESS 774 Cr. 2
Clinical Practicum in Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation

This course is designed to provide hands-on experiences in Phases I and II cardiac rehabilitation, pulmonary rehabilitation and cardiac related co-morbidities in local hospitals. Additional activities will include two regional field trips to observe existing programs in progress. Open only to students in the Clinical Exercise Physiology MS degree program. Offered Sem. I.

ESS 775 Cr. 2
Practicum in Adult Fitness

This course is designed to provide students with hands-on experience in exercise prescription, exercise leadership, and patient counseling in fitness programs for apparently healthy adults.

ESS 776 Cr. 3
Practicum in Phase III/IV Cardiac Rehabilitation

This course is designed to provide students with hands-on experiences in exercise prescription, exercise leadership, and patient counseling in Phase III/IV cardiac rehabilitation patients.

ESS 777 Cr. 2
Seminar in Adventure/Outdoor Physical Education

In-depth examination of educational research in adventure education. Emphasis will be placed on using research to solve current problems, examining trends and contemporary issues in K-12 adventure programs. Reviewing research and using findings to solve problems in the public school setting will be stressed. Offered Sem. I.

ESS 778 Cr. 2
Practicum in Adventure Education

This practicum will provide students with experiences in field based (authentic) leadership and teaching situations in a field setting with public school programs. Emphasis will be on planning and developing outdoor physical education programs in conjunction with public/private K-12 programs.

ESS 779 Cr. 1-3
Readings in Adapted Physical Education

An in-depth analysis of the literature in a chosen topic pertaining to adapted physical education. Readings will include both assigned and student selected materials. In addition, there will be periodic discussions with the instructor and an agreed upon terminal assignment. Prerequisite: ESS 430/530, 436/536, and 792. Repeatable for credit — maximum 3.

ESS 780 Cr. 2
Philosophy and Organization of Preventive and Rehabilitative Programs

This course focuses on the historical background, documented benefits, and organizational issues in both conventional and innovative approaches to prevention and rehabilitation programs. The course will ultimately address both the why and how of clinical exercise and risk factor reduction programs.

ESS 781 Cr. 1
Program Leadership in Adult Fitness/Cardiac Rehabilitation

This course is designed to provide students with the theoretical background and skills needed to operate effectively in preventative or rehabilitative exercise programs for adults. Selected topics include: exercise prescription, weight training for normal and cardiac populations, effective exercise leadership, care and treatment of common injuries, and motivational techniques. Offered Summer Session.

ESS 782 Cr. 3
Electrocardiography

Course is designed to instruct the student in the basics of the normal, the abnormal resting and the exercise electrocardiogram. Involves lecture experiences and intensive investigation of documented ECG-GXT case studies.

ESS 783 Cr. 3
Graded Exercise Testing and Exercise Prescription

This course is designed to provide students with the theoretical and practical knowledge necessary to conduct and interpret the wide variety of diagnostic exercise tests commonly used in clinical practice. Additionally, students will be able to formulate, based on test results, appropriate exercise prescriptions for healthy adults, as well as patients with a variety of cardiac-related disorders. A major goal of the course is to provide students with the knowledge and practical skills required to take the American College of Sports Medicine Exercise Specialist certification examination. Prerequisite: ESS 782.

ESS 784 Cr. 3
Advanced Cardiovascular Physiology

Designed to acquaint the student with advanced principles and concepts regarding cardiovascular physiologist. The course examines in detail the various parameters of the cardiovascular system, the implication of disease and structural abnormalities to these parameters, and the relationship of resting cardiovascular data to exercise data. Lect. 2, Lab. 2.

ESS 785 Cr. 5
Internship: Clinical Exercise Physiology

Designed to provide the student with practical work experience in an adult fitness (YMCA/corporate environment) or clinical setting. The internship is 3 months in duration and all course work and thesis requirements must be completed prior to the beginning of the internship. Prerequisite: Open only to students in the Clinical Exercise Physiology M.S. degree program.

ESS 786 Cr. 1
Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)

An in-depth study and the development of understanding and skills of “Advanced Cardiac Life Support,” (ACLS). Successful completion of the course and passing the ACLS exam results in the student being ACLS certified. Prerequisite: ESS 782. Offered Sem. II.

ESS 787 Cr. 1-3
Clinical Internship in Adapted Physical Education

Provides the students with clinical experiences. The student is required to do three different clinical experiences. Each experience is to last one semester and to equal one credit hour. Clinical experiences include infant (0-2 years) stimulation programs, related services, motor development and physical fitness programs for persons with disabilities, and school-based adapted physical education programs. Three credits of internship are required in the special physical education M. S. program.

ESS 788 Cr. 6
Internship in Sport Administration

Designed to provide students with an intensive supervised sport administration work experience. The internship must be at least three consecutive months (40 hours per week). Open only to students in the sport administration track of the ESS M.S. program who have completed all required course work for the degree. Only approved sites can be used for internships.

ESS 789 Cr. 3
Internship: Human Performance

A practical learning experience designed to apply the competencies gained within the Human Performance Emphasis in a community, institutional or industrial setting. Each intern will earn three elective credits for a mutually agreed upon time period, consistent with the policies of the university and the internship site. All other course work shall be completed prior to the internship experience. Repeatable for credit — maximum 6.

ESS 790 Cr. 2
Supervision and Administration of Adapted Physical Education

Designed to provide the student with the skills and knowledge to conduct and/or administer staff planning, program critiques, staff management, program coordination, IEP material least restrictive placement, and in-service training for a special (adapted) physical education program.

ESS 792 Cr. 1-3
Seminar in Adapted Physical Education

The course is designed to provide in-depth analysis of topics and issues in adapted physical education. During each semester, selected topics will be highlighted for analysis. Students will be provided with guest lectureships from professionals in the selected areas and will engage in information sharing and critical analysis of issues based upon outside readings. Repeatable for credit — maximum 3.

ESS 793 Cr. 2
Motor Development Issues in Adapted Physical Education

Growth and development issues concerning motor skill acquisition for adapted physical educators. Examination of embryology, normal growth expectations, developmental sequences of fundamental skills, various motor development concepts, Dynamical Systems Model and abnormal motor development.

ESS 794 Cr. 1-3
Readings in Sports Psychology

A survey and analysis of current and classical literature pertaining to the area of sport psychology in human performance. Readings will include both assigned and student selected materials for the purpose of student presentation to and discussion with the assigned instructor. Prerequisite: graduate standing in ESS and ESS 749.

ESS 795 Cr. 1-3
Independent Study

Advanced work not covered in regular courses. Prerequisite: consent of adviser and department chair. Repeatable for credit — maximum 6.

ESS 796 Cr. 1-3
Readings in Biomechanics

A survey and analysis of current and classic literature pertaining to the area of biomechanics in human performance. Readings will include both assigned and student selected materials for the purpose of student presentation to and discussion with the assigned instructor. Prerequisite: graduate standing in ESS, ESS 750 and 751.

ESS 797 Cr. 1-3
Readings in Exercise Physiology

A survey and analysis of current and classical literature pertaining to the area of exercise physiology in human performance. Readings will include both assigned and student selected materials for the purpose of student presentation to and discussion with the assigned instructor. Prerequisite: graduate standing in ESS and ESS 770.

ESS 798 Cr. 1-3
Readings in Motor Learning

A survey and analysis of current and classical literature pertaining to the area of motor learning in human performance. Readings will include both assigned and student selected materials for the purpose of student presentation to and discussion with the assigned instructor. Prerequisite: graduate standing in ESS and ESS 768.

ESS 799 Cr. 1-6
Research: Master’s Thesis

An independent research project is to be selected and executed under the direction of a staff member by those students electing to write a thesis. The project may be in any of the areas related to physical education, such as health, recreation, or athletics. For students following Plan A — Thesis option.