Physical Education

An introduction to the foundations of sport, fitness, and physical education professions. Examines the historical, sociological, and psychological concepts, issues, and current trends. This course is designed for students who intend to major in Physical Education, Teacher Certification option. Fall.

An introduction to a broad range of concepts in the Athletic Training Profession, including information on formal application to the major. Designed to introduce students to the clinical education component through pre-professional observation hours outside of class time. Lecture. Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. Fall, Spring.

Examines a broad range of health issues to develop basic knowledge related to strategies to prevent illness and optimize overall health and quality of life. Implements concepts of wellness, health and fitness behaviors. Includes semester-long behavior change project. Designed for students intending to major in Athletic Training. Lecture and labs. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Fall.

Students acquire basic knowledge, skills, and techniques in swimming. Designed for non-PE majors. Graded Pass/Fail. Fall.

Students acquire basic knowledge, skills, and techniques in Aquatics Conditioning. Designed for non-PE majors. Graded Pass/Fail. Fall.

Note: Candidates must pass a swimming competency test given on the first day of class. If certification is desired, there will be an additional fee. This course provides an opportunity for students to acquire basic knowledge, skills, and techniques in Lifeguard Training. Designed for non-PE majors. Graded Pass/Fail. Fall, Spring.

Note: Candidates must pass a written water safety exam and a swimming competency test on the first day of class. If certification is desired, there will be an additional fee. This course provides an opportunity for students to acquire basic knowledge, skills, and techniques in Water Safety Instructor. Designed for non-PE majors. Graded Pass/Fail. Spring.

Students acquire basic knowledge, skills, and techniques in Cardiovascular Fitness. Designed for non-PE majors. Graded Pass/Fail. Fall, Spring.

Students acquire basic knowledge, skills, and techniques in Strength Training. Designed for non-PE majors. Graded Pass/Fail. Fall, Spring.

Students acquire basic knowledge, skills, and techniques in Tension Control. Designed for non-PE majors. Graded Pass/Fail. Fall, Spring.

1 credit

Develops skill and knowledge related to beginning-level postures, breath work, and simple meditation techniques. Designed for non-PE majors. Graded Pass/Fail. Fall, Spring.

PE177 Golf

1 credit

Students acquire basic knowledge, skills, and techniques in Golf. There will be an additional "greens" fee. Designed for non-PE majors. Graded Pass/Fail. Fall.

PE181 Tennis

1 credit

Students acquire basic knowledge, skills, and techniques in Tennis. Designed for non-PE majors. Graded Pass/Fail. Fall.

First aid and CPR for the Professional Rescuer procedures for certification. If certification is desired, there will be an additional fee. Graded Pass/Fail. Fall, Spring.

Study of the skeletal and muscular systems as applied to physical education activities. Mechanical analysis of basic motor patterns and sports skills using video and high-speed film. Lecture and labs. Prerequisites: BIO 230 or permission of instructor. Fall, Spring.

The study of physiological principles and adaptations to exercise and physical activity. Focuses on the scientific evaluation and understanding of immediate and long-term effects of exercise on the human body. Emphasis placed on the muscular, cardiovascular, endocrine and respiratory systems. Lecture and labs. Prerequisites: BIO 230 and BIO 232 or permission of instructor. Fall, Spring, Summer.

Course is designed as an introduction to coaching. Topics covered include developing a personal coaching philosophy, planning for coaching, conditioning for sport participation, effective teaching of sport skills, sport psychology, legal responsibilities, and nutrition for competition. Spring.

Based on the curriculum established by the U.S. DOT for Emergency Medical Technician (EMT-Basic) and authorized by the State of New Hampshire-Bureau of Emergency Medical Services (EMS). Topics include patient evaluation, treatment for trauma and emergencies, and infection control procedures. Lecture and labs. Proof of current certification in CPR at the professional rescuer level. Prerequisite: Athletic Training major or Sophomore standing and permission of instructor. Taken concurrently with PE 242. Fall, Spring.

This laboratory/supervised experience provides opportunities for students to be formally assessed and to participate in clinical experiences with emergency department and ambulance service. Students have the option to take the NH-EMS Practical Examination and the National Registry Written Examination for EMT-Basics. Passage of both these examinations leads to national certification as an EMT-Basic. Proof of current certification in CPR at the professional rescuer level. Prerequisites: Taken concurrently with PE 240 or permission of instructor. Fall, Spring.

An introduction to fundamental exercise training techniques. Topics covered include appropriate cardiovascular exercise guidelines, introduction to different modes of exercise, introduction to resistance training exercises and guidelines, resistance training technique, resistance training spotting technique, introduction to plyometrics, and benefits of cardiovascular and resistance exercise. Prerequisites: Physical Education major and Exercise Science option, or permission of instructor. Fall, Spring.

Develops skill and knowledge to perform and teach fundamental motor skills. Teaching emphasis on skill practice, feedback, skill application, and incorporating cognitive objectives. Prerequisite: PE major Teacher Certification option or permission of instructor. Fall.

PE256 Rhythms

2 credits

Develops skill and knowledge to perform and teach selected rhythmic activities. Teaching emphasis on cueing. Prerequisites: PE 360 and PE major, Teacher Certification option or permission of instructor. Spring.

Develops skills and basic knowledge related to principles of physical fitness. Students will have opportunities to participate in various fitness activities. Teaching emphasis on leading warm-up. Prerequisite: PE major Teacher Certification option or permission of instructor. Fall, Spring.

Provides students with opportunities to plan health-related physical fitness curriculum for K-12 learners. Teaching emphasis will be on designing learning experiences and activity demonstration/explanation with feedback. Prerequisites: PE 260 and PE major, Teacher Certification option or permission of instructor. Spring.

Develops skill and knowledge to perform and teach selected secondary activities. Teaching emphasis on game supervision, including teachable moments, cueing, and incorporating affective (psychosocial) objectives. Prerequisite: PE major Teacher Certification option or permission of instructor. Fall.

Provides students with basic knowledge and introductory experiences in outdoor leisure activities that would be appropriate to be taught in a physical education setting. Emphasis is on learning to provide safe outdoor experiences for physical education students. Prerequisites: PE 360 and PE major, Teacher Certification option or permission of instructor. Spring.

Develops skill and knowledge to perform and teach selected racquet sports. Teaching emphasis on skill practice and group feedback. Prerequisite: PE major Teacher Certification option or permission of instructor. Spring.

Develops skill and knowledge to perform and teach track and field. Teaching emphasis on leading warm-up and skill review and practice with feedback. Prerequisites: PE 360 and PE major, Teacher Certification option or permission of instructor. Fall.

PE283 Gymnastics

2 credits

Develops skill and knowledge to perform and teach gymnastics. Teaching emphasis on leading warm-up, skill review and practice with feedback, and incorporating cognitive and affective goals. Prerequisite: PE major Teacher Certification option or permission of instructor. Spring.

A lab designed to provide an introduction to evidenced-based practice concepts and their application to prevent the incidence and/or severity of injuries. Skill development specific to prevention procedures, protective equipment, and prophylactic procedures (including taping, wrapping, and bandaging). Prerequisites: PE 140, PE 141, and Athletic Training major. Fall.

PE285 Volleyball

1 credit

Develops skill and knowledge to perform and teach volleyball. Teaching emphasis on skill review and individual and group feedback. Prerequisite: PE major Teacher Certification option or permission of instructor. Spring.

PE286 Basketball

1 credit

Develops skill and knowledge to perform and teach basketball. Teaching emphasis on skill practice, individual feedback, and officiating. Prerequisite: PE major, Teacher Certification option or permission of instructor. Spring.

PE287 Softball

1 credit

Develops skill and knowledge to perform and teach softball. Teaching emphasis on skill review and practice with feedback. Prerequisite: PE major Teacher Certification option or permission of instructor. Fall.

Develops skill and knowledge to perform and teach soccer and speedball. Teaching emphasis on skill demonstration/explanation. Prerequisite: PE major Teacher Certification option or permission of instructor. Fall.

PE290 Special Topics

1-6 credits

Study of a selected topic in physical education. May be repeated as topics change. Prerequisite: PE major or permission of instructor. Fall, Spring.

The seminar introduces theoretical foundations of practice and establishes the knowledge, attitudes, and skills required in the field. Supervised clinical observations focus on the primacy of the patient, a collaborative approach to clinical practice, cultural competence and professionalism. Proof of current certification in CPR at the Professional Rescuer level. Prerequisites: PE 140, PE 141, and Athletic Training major. Fall, Spring.

An opportunity for a qualified student to explore work in an area of individual interest, selected and pursued in consultation with a faculty member. Consent required of the instructor who will supervise the independent study. May be repeated for a total of 8 credits. Fall, Spring.

The purpose of this course is to present an interdisciplinary approach to sport that will challenge students to critically reflect and discuss sport from psychological and sociological perspectives. The central focus of the course is to understand how these perspectives and experiences interconnect our personal and societal viewpoints of sport today. Prerequisites: 24 credits in ISP, including ITW 101 and IQL 101.

This interdisciplinary course will explore outdoor recreational leadership qualities, styles, and group dynamics from multiple perspectives (physical education/communication). Additional focus is placed on experiential learning and examinations of selected program activities. Students develop, lead, and evaluate activities based on varying participant requirements, and earn a Leave No Trace certification. Prerequisites: 24 credits in ISP, including ITW 101 and IQL 101. Summer.

The principles of exercise testing in all five components of health-related fitness, using nationally accepted assessment tools and standards. Designing and implementing exercise programs based on testing results for apparently healthy adults and those with chronic conditions. Prerequisites: Physical Education major, Exercise Science option, and PE 201. Fall, Spring.

Examination and application of strength training and conditioning principles to enhance individual fitness and sport performance. Students develop skills in strength training, conditioning, and exercise leadership to improve individual and group fitness levels. National certification preparation is emphasized. Prerequisites: PE 250, PE 201, or permission of instructor. Fall, Spring.

An introduction to the principles and methods of epidemiology and their applicability in the field of Athletic Training. Students will examine factors governing health and disease. Students will be expected to critically interpret the epidemiologic literature relevant to health professionals and active populations. Prerequisites: PE 341, and Athletic Training major, or permission of instructor. Spring.

An introduction to the primary mechanisms of athletic injuries, psychological response to injury, and the inflammatory process. Material specific to identifying etiology, signs, and symptoms of common sport-related injuries and illness. Students will be expected to critically interpret athletic training literature relevant to active populations. Prerequisites: BIO 230 and Athletic Training major, or permission of instructor. Fall.

Provides theoretical knowledge and skills in manual and mechanical therapeutic modalities used in the intervention of orthopedic injuries. Knowledge necessary to identify, apply, and evaluate current evidence to support clinical care reflective of maximize patient outcomes. Includes mechanical modalities and manual techniques to control inflammatory response and pain, restore joint mobility, muscle extensibility, and function. Lecture and labs. Prerequisites: PE 383, and PE Athletic Training major, or permission of instructor. Fall.

Provides knowledge and skills in physical rehabilitation used in the intervention of orthopedic injuries. Knowledge necessary to identify, apply, and evaluate current evidence to support clinical care reflective of maximize patient outcomes. Includes modalities and techniques to improve health-related and performance-related components to return to high level activity. Lecture and labs. Prerequisites: PE 342, PE 200, INPHYS 141 and Athletic Training major, or permission of instructor. Spring.

An introduction to Sports Nutrition, including the digestion, absorption, and assimilation of food nutrients; bioenergetics in training; optimal nutrition for sports and exercise; thermoregulation and fluid balance; body composition, weight control, and disordered eating. Prerequisites: INCHEM 100 or INCHEM 103, PE 201, and Athletic Training or PE major, or permission of instructor. Spring.

Developmental characteristics and needs in relation to physical education and curriculum planning. Emphasis on the development of effective teaching skills including planning and preparation, the classroom environment (classroom management and interpersonal relationships), instruction, and professional responsibilities. Prerequisites: EDUC 100, EDSP 202, and PE major, Teacher Certification option or permission of instructor. Spring.

Treats legal issues and the concept of inclusion as they apply to the physical educator. Motor and perceptual motor development, screening/assessment, and programming. Adaptation of physical education activities to meet special needs of students. Individual child work included. Prerequisites: PE 360 and PE major, Teacher Certification option, Admission to Educator Preparation, or permission of instructor. Fall.

Issues related to the organization and delivery of PE programs including philosophy, licensure, program standards, curricular approaches to programming, collaboration, advocacy, and behavior, resource, and risk management. Prerequisites: PE 360 and PE major, Teacher Certification option or permission of instructor. Spring.

Overviews the purpose of evaluation in K-12 physical education programs. Program standards and various methods of evaluation are examined. Emphasis is placed on designing effective assessment tools that are aligned with program objectives as well as methods for using and reporting results. Prerequisites: PE 360 and PE major, Teacher Certification option or permission of instructor. Spring.

Provides an experience in coaching within a public school or recreational sport program designed to give the students an opportunity to plan, implement and evaluate selected activities such as practice sessions, conditioning programs, and game strategies. Maximum of 6 credits. Prerequisites: PE 210 and permission of instructor. Fall, Spring.

Designed to provide students with a practical setting to apply the knowledge and skill learned throughout the Exercise Science program. Students will practice testing, planning, and facilitating exercise programs for individuals as well as groups. Prerequisite: PE 332. Fall, Spring.

Provides an opportunity for students to plan, teach, and evaluate Physical Education lessons and units at the elementary school level, apply knowledge of elementary school children, and understand the role of Physical Education within the school curriculum. Prerequisites: PE 255, PE 360 (grade C or higher), admission to the PE major, Teacher Certification Option, admission to Educator Preparation, and current certification in CPR for the Professional Rescuer and Standard First Aid. Cannot be taken concurrently with PE 376. Fall, Spring.

Provides an opportunity for students to plan, implement, and evaluate secondary level Physical Education programs, gain knowledge of the school environment, and develop an understanding of the social and psychological dynamics experienced by novice teachers. Prerequisites: PE 360 (grade C or higher), admission to the PE major, Teacher Certification option, admission to Educator Preparation, and current certification in CPR for the Professional Rescuer and Standard First Aid. Cannot be taken concurrently with PE 375. Fall, Spring.

A lab designed to provide the opportunity to research and develop evidenced-based practice concepts and their application to the evaluation process to develop clinical reasoning skills. Skills focus on a comprehensive review of all systems as well as focusing on the clinical diagnosis of the lower extremity and axial region. Proof of current certification in CPR for the Professional Rescuer. Prerequisites: PE 200 and Athletic Training major. Spring.

A lab designed to provide advanced understanding of evidence-based practice concepts and their application to the evaluation process to develop clinical reasoning skills. Skills focus on the clinical diagnosis of the upper extremity, spine, and head/face, as well as introducing evidenced based diagnostic tools. Proof of current certification in CPR for the Professional Rescuer. Prerequisites: PE 383 and Athletic Training major. Fall.

A lab designed to critically examine the body of knowledge in athletic training and related fields to enhance knowledge and skills in planning, examination, and immediate emergent management of acute injuries and illnesses. Proof of current EMT Certification. Prerequisites: PE 384 and Athletic Training major. Spring.

Provide an understanding of basic physiological mechanisms underlying illness and disease. Discussion of the pathophysiology associated with general medical conditions to facilitate the student's ability to formulate a differential diagnosis and make clinical decisions and the positive outcomes associated with health promotion and disease prevention in active populations. An understanding of relevant pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetic processes essential to recognize adverse drug interactions, patient harm, and therapeutic medications used in the treatment of sports injuries. Prerequisites: INCHEM 103, PE 201, and Athletic Training major, or permission of instructor. Spring.

Provide understanding of risk management, health care delivery systems, and facility management. A focus on the laws, standards of practice, and guidelines for ethical care within traditional and non-traditional athletic training practice settings. Introduction to professional responsibilities, management and leadership within the Athletic Training profession. Prerequisites: Junior or Senior standing and Athletic Training major, or permission of instructor. Spring.

Introduction to practical methods and techniques for experimental design and analysis. Topics include simple distributions, correlation, regression, basic statistical tests (both parametric and nonparametric), analysis of variance through factorial analysis, and analysis of frequencies. Prerequisite: Athletic Training or PE major or permission of instructor. Fall, Spring.

A supervised experience designed to provide the advanced student an opportunity to gain experience and practical knowledge in an exercise-related facility. The student will practice planning, supervising, and mentoring individuals of all health backgrounds in all aspects of fitness and health. Prerequisite: PE 372 or permission of instructor. Fall, Spring.

Full-time placement in an elementary physical education setting. Supervision provided by college supervisor and field-based professional toward mastery of principles, attitudes, and techniques for successful teaching. Graded Pass/Fail. Prerequisite: Permission of Educator Preparation Office. Fall, Spring.

Full-time placement in a secondary physical education setting. Supervision provided by college supervisor and field-based professional toward mastery of principles, attitudes, and techniques for successful teaching. Graded Pass/Fail. Prerequisite: Permission of Educator Preparation Office. Fall, Spring.

Issues faced by physical education professionals in schools including but not limited to school policies and procedures, behavior management, record keeping, assessing student performance, student equity, collaboration, technology, advocacy, professional development, licensure, job search, interview skills. Corequisites: PE 475 and PE 476. Fall, Spring.

A supervised field-based experience in athletic training linking theory to practice. Focus on the use of evidence-based practice as a foundation for the delivery of care. Seminar focused on assessment of clinical integration competencies on prevention and clinical diagnosis and psychosocial strategies. Cannot be taken concurrently with participation in varsity or club sport. Proof of current certification in CPR for the Professional Rescuer and EMT Certification. Prerequisites: PE 294, PE 383 and Athletic Training major. Fall.

A supervised field-based experience in athletic training linking theory to practice. Focus on the use of evidence-based practice as a foundation for the delivery of care. Seminar focused on assessment of clinical integration competencies on clinical diagnosis, acute care, and therapeutic interventions. Cannot be taken concurrently with participation in varsity or club sport. Proof of current certification in CPR for the Professional Rescuer and EMT Certification. Prerequisites: PE 342, PE 384, PE 483 and Athletic Training major. Spring.

Study of a selected topic in Physical Education at an advanced level. May be repeated as topics change. Prerequisite: PE major or permission of instructor. Fall, Spring.

A research-based capstone course intended to allow students to research, present, and discuss current topics within the health, performance, fitness, and nutrition fields. Prerequisites: Physical Education major and Exercise Science option, or permission of instructor. Fall, Spring.

A clinical capstone course with an intensive field experience providing the advanced student with an opportunity to demonstrate analytical decision-making and refine evidenced based clinical application prior to certification. Cannot be taken concurrently with participation in varsity or club sport. Cannot be taken concurrently with PE 494 without permission of the athletic training program coordinator. Proof of current certification in CPR for the Professional Rescuer and EMT Certification. Application to enroll. Prerequisite: PE 385, PE 484, Athletic Training major. Fall, Spring.

A supervised experience designed to provide exposure to allied health and medical professionals allowing students to function as members of interdisciplinary teams. Clinical exposure in rehabilitation, orthopedics and primary care provide an opportunity to demonstrate clinical integration competency at the pre-professional level. Students are required to disseminate knowledge in athletic training to fellow athletic trainers' students with a professional presentation. Cannot be taken concurrently with PE 493 without permission of the athletic training program coordinator. Proof of current certification in CPR for the Professional Rescuer, EMT Certification. Prerequisites: PE 343, PE 441 and Athletic Training major. Fall, Spring.

Advanced independent study. The student completes a written research project under supervision of a PE faculty member who, in consultation with the dean of Professional and Graduate Studies, determines the credit value. May be repeated for a total of 8 credits. Prerequisites: PE major and permission of instructor. Fall, Spring.