The Master of Science in Exercise and Nutrition Science prepares students to work in the sports industry, business, government and in education as practitioners on professional interdisciplinary teams. The program is for students seeking a strong foundation for further study and research including those pursuing a terminal degree. The program offers three entry points throughout the academic year (spring, summer and fall semester), and courses are scheduled to allow an efficient timeline to degree completion for full-time students. Students are provided experiential learning opportunities both inside and outside of the classroom. The program helps to prepare for certification exams including the Certified Sports Nutritionist (CISSN) and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) examinations, the premier certifications in strength and conditioning and sports nutrition, upon graduation if they choose to pursue certification.
Having published numerous papers and abstracts, and secured funding in recent years, the students and staff working in the UT Human Performance Research Lab have become nationally and internationally recognized. The laboratory is equipped to provide students a sophisticated and advanced human performance and sport nutrition experience. Students have opportunities to advance their skills in human performance testing and athlete monitoring.
Equipment contained in the lab includes:
- Dual X-ray absorbtiometry for bone mineral density, lean mass and fat mass
- Ultrasonography to measure skeletal muscle size, locate soft tissue injuries and quantify blood flow, and blood vessel diameter
- Metabolic carts for VO2 max and resting metabolism measures
- Wingate peak power bikes for anaerobic power testing
- AMTI force plate for power and velocity
- Tendo units for movement, specifically power and velocity
- Dynavision for vision training, reaction time and cognitive function
- Electromyography for neural function and skeletal muscle activation
- High tech motion analysis and heavy duty motorized treadmills with 40-degree incline ability
- Minus 80°C freezer to maintain the integrity of biological samples
- Blood lactate analyzers to examine metabolic stress and lactate threshold
- Piccolo blood analyzer
- BTE Primus isokinetic, isotonic and isometric dynomometers for measurement of force, power and velocity in virtually any plane
- Catapult, applied GPS for athlete monitoring
- A fully equipped strength and conditioning laboratory
Converging Exercise and Nutrition Sciences
Most university programs segregate the study of exercise and nutrition sciences. The goal of UT’s M.S. in Exercise and Nutrition Science is to examine the relationship between the two fields as it relates to optimizing athletic performance and/or clinical exercise physiology. The program combines advanced concepts from exercise physiology and strength and conditioning to teach students how nutrition can impact each area. Through numerous hands-on experiences and rigorous classroom study, students gain an unparalleled awareness of the intersection of these sciences.
Learning by Doing
Students “learn by doing” through performance-based programming, which prepares practitioners to work with a wide variety of athletes. The department’s advanced labs and technology help students prepare for the real world. UT’s relationships with numerous local athletic teams allows students put their theories to test. UT faculty and students have also conducted extensive research with companies that are involved in exercise and nutrition/supplementation. These collaborations give students an insider’s view of the industry and provide a strong network for post-graduation jobs.
Based on the rigor and innovation of the UT's program, the International Society of Sports Nutrition recognized it as the first graduate program in Florida to offer approved coursework for preparation for the CISSN examination.
The program’s highly respected faculty has achieved national and international reputations for academic and applied success in their respective fields. J.C. Anderson and Eduardo De Souza were recently published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research.
- J.C. Andersen, Ph.D. - pain and sports medicine
- Eric Arnold, Ph.D. - exercise physiology, neuromuscular physiology
- Eduardo DeSouza, Ph.D. - strength training, exercise science, muscular adaptations association with training variables manipulation
- Mary Martinasek, Ph.D. - mixed-method research inquiry and health program evaluation
- Jay O’Sullivan, Ph.D. - practicum in exercise and nutrition science
- Ronda Sturgill, Ph.D. - kinesiology and program evaluation
- Nauris Tamulevicius Ph.D. - exercise physiology, clinical exercise physiology
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