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The mission of the Strength and Conditioning minor is to give students invaluable hands-on experience to enhance and expand their knowledge in the field of athletic performance. Students with this education will be well-prepared to sit for the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) exam, the standard in certifications for strength and conditioning professionals worldwide.
- Strengths of the program
- The only program in Washington state recognized by the National Strength and Conditioning Association for meeting the educational guidelines recommended for strength and conditioning professionals
- Students learn from Kinesiology faculty and professionals in the WSU Athletics strength and conditioning staff
- Students work with NCAA Division 1 athletes from WSU and affiliated professionals in the community setting
- Students obtain at least 400 hours of working experience in athletic performance enhancement
- Featured courses
All students minoring in strength and conditioning will complete traditional coursework in the minor’s core classes. In addition, practicum requirements include three consecutive terms of three-credits (120-150 hours) in an approved sports performance site. Because of the limited space within athletics, a limited number of students are admitted to the minor.
- Fitness Concepts
- Strength Training
- Advanced Strength Training
- Nutrition Related to Fitness and
- Exercise Physiology
- Practicums 1-3
- Career options in Strength and Conditioning
The strength and conditioning minor program at WSU has produced many quality and highly sought after Strength and Conditioning professionals and has been able to help place former students in a wide variety of settings, including the NFL, NBA and MLB, as well as many in collegiate athletic programs across the country.
In addition, this experience enhances non-traditional career routes. Some of the outside fields our students utilize their knowledge include: physical therapy, athletic training, personal training, sport coaching, physical education, and tactical (military, emergency personnel) training.