Kinesiology – What is it?

Kinesiology is the study of the mechanics and anatomy of human movement.

We study how the body moves and functions, and research ways to strengthen the body while protecting it from injury. Our department, the Marshall University School of Kinesiology, houses 4 academic majors students can choose to study: Athletic Training, Biomechanics, Exercise Science, and Sport Management.

You will enjoy our majors if you’re a hands-on learner with an interest in the human body and how it produces movement, heals, and adapts over time.

About Our Programs

Athletic Training
Athletic trainers (ATs) are health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to provide preventative services, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention, and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions.  Athletic trainers are an integral part of health care in many clinical settings. Learn more about Athletic Training here.

Exercise Science
Exercise Science is a multidisciplinary field of study involving the active human body in the areas of anatomy, physiology, metabolism, and kinetics. Exercise Science professionals are allied healthcare providers that work to understand the effects of therapeutic exercise for the general population, athletes, and people with chronic diseases and conditions like diabetes and heart disease. Learn more about Exercise Science here.

Biomechanics is the analysis of human movement to enhance performance, improve training, rehabilitate injuries, and reduce injury risk. The Biomechanics degree provides students an educational foundation in anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, and physics that provides a holistic understanding of how the body produces motion, and how to identify healthy movement. Learn more about Biomechanics here.

Sport Tourism & Hospitality Management
The Sport Tourism & Hospitality Management program provides students education and experience in business, facilities management, promotion, advertising and marketing as they relate to the professional sport, leisure sport, and hospitality industries. This program prepares students for careers in the administration of athletic teams, health clubs, tourism businesses, and other businesses in the sport and tourism industries. Learn more about Sport Management here.

The opportunities are endless. Our students frequently pursue further education and become physicians, physical therapists, physician’s assistants, chiropractors, occupational therapists, and more.

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Marshall University School of Kinesiology
Visit us: Gullickson Hall, Room 112
Phone: 304-696-6490
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