Allie Curl—an undergraduate student of the JSU department of kinesiology with a concentration in exercise science and wellness—is completing her clinical work in the Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Clinic at Spain Rehabilitation Center, which is a part of the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine.
At SRC, Curl assists patients with heart problems by providing them with training and counseling. She is not the only student gaining professional experience.
The department has allowed students to intern and network with ESPN, the Birmingham Bowl, the Nashville Predators of the National Hockey League and the Talladega Superspeedway.
Located in Pete Mathews Coliseum, kinesiology provides four concentrations for undergraduates: recreational leadership, sport management, physical education and exercise science and wellness.
Physical education provides students the opportunity to become a physical education teacher or coach.
The program offers a class to help students learn basic sign language for their practicum at the Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind.
Recreation classes include canoeing and rafting, mountain biking and rock climbing and rappelling.
The newest program, sport management, offers classes such as sport marketing, event management and promotions.
The department also offers a masters of education with a major in physical education and concentrations in teacher education, human performance and nutrition.