Thanks, Chris L - and also about what you said about specializing.
I’m not thinking of doing high-performance athletics as much as I hope to take the ordinary person and make them extraordinarily healthy. Health is my chief concern. I’d like to work with people to prevent “aging” of the body, obesity, and other health-related (but non-clinical) conditions. Given that, which of the areas that I mentioned (ex, kinesiology, exsci, etc) do you think would work and how do I find programs that would work for them?[/quote]
The names of programs can be very confusing. Even I’m not totally sure what some people are refering to when they use the various terms. Some common names you will see are. Kinesiology (KIN), Exercise Science (EXCI), Physical Education (PE), Human Kinetics (HKIN)…
Many programs will have sub divisions within their programs called ‘streams’. I’ve seen EXCI programs with a KIN stream and KIN programs with a EXCI stream. Every program has a core curriculum which every student within the program has to complete along with electives specific to their stream or specialization. So basicly what you need to do is investigate the program and find out what they cover in each of the streams as well what the core curriculum covers.
As for your area of interest there are many programs that will fit this description. The program or stream may be called something like KIN or Health and Fitness… among other names. A program with the name EXCI will likely be heavy on science. Which isn’t necessarily bad if you don’t mind taking physics, math, chemistry etc… Just don’t go only by the name of the program. Research the program. Get detailed course descriptions, course outlines. If the school doesn’t have it on the website, email them and ask them if they can send it to you.
As for how to find schools. Start with the geographic area you are interested in living in while at school. If thats home, the other side of the country away from your parents or where the weather is warm, the beer is cheap and the girls are loose… Find out the schools that are in the area and see if they first even have an exercise related program, then investigate the program if they do.
Hope all this helps