Roanoke College's quickly growing health and human performance program awards bachelor's of science degrees in four majors.
Athletic Training prepares students for certification and focuses on injury prevention, treatment, rehabilitation and the evaluation of athletic injuries. Athletic trainers are well-prepared to work with athletes at any level.
The athletic training program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education. Only 9 other schools in Virginia have earned this designation, which is a requirement for graduates who wish to sit for the Board of Certification examination.
Health and Exercise Science provides students with a solid understanding of human physiology, human movement and the role exercise plays in human health. Students interested in exercise physiology, sport performance, health and wellness and movement science often find this program to be the best preparation for graduate work.
Health and Physical Education is a popular major for students who wish to teach and coach at the elementary, middle or high school level. Students completing this program are eligible for Virginia's licensure in teaching for PreK- 12 health and physical education.
Sport Management majors are prepared to be leaders in a variety of roles in the business of sports. They learn the administrative aspects of sports, including managing facilities, personnel, budgets and the like.
Roanoke has top-notch facilities including an athletic training room, a health and human performance lab that has a metabolic cart, a two-dimensional video analysis system and a force plate.
Faculty members in the HHP department hold Ph.D.s from such prestigious institutions as Florida State University, Penn State and Virginia Tech. Their specific areas of expertise include pedagogy, physiology and motor behavior, mental toughness and psychological training, overtraining and the prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of athletic injuries.
All majors in the department are required to complete an internship or independent study. Many HHP students complete internships with local companies or organizations as a way to gain experience with the fields in which they want to work. The department handles all internship placements ensuring quality experiences for each.
Other opportunities include independent study projects, intensive learning term in May, Summer Scholars, joint dissection, etc.
A few examples of graduate schools that recent graduates have been accepted to are East Stroudsburg University for Athletic Training, Radford University for Sport Management, University of Florida for Athletic Training and Applied Kinesiology, University of Maryland for Health Care Administration and University of Mississippi for Exercise Science.
Graduates have been recently employed by organizations such as the Baltimore Orioles, Boston Cannons Major League Lacrosse Club, Geisinger Medical Center, Parisi Speed School, UNC-Charlotte and the University of Florida.
“Roanoke College provides its students with the opportunity to interact on a personal level with the faculty. There are a number of professors on campus who motivated me on a daily basis, especially within the health and human performance department,” says Dowell.