Professor Gina Kraft
Assistant Professor of KALS
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Exercise and Sports Science: Personal Training/Strength and Conditioning Emphasis is part of the Kinesiology and Leisure Studies Division in the College of Arts & Sciences.
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What makes an OBU Exercise and Sports Science Personal Training degree special?
OBU offers a distinctive liberal arts education which prepares the students for a number of possibilities after the undergraduate years. The Personal Training/Strength and Conditioning degree is based on the OBU liberal arts curriculum, but offers a well rounded experience into the new and ever growing world of fitness and strength and conditioning. We find that our students are well prepared for any number of employment or graduate school opportunities.
What are OBU grads doing with their Exercise and Sports Science Personal Training degrees?
We have students working in the field of personal training – both through independent practice and through commercial fitness establishments. Also, we have students who are certified and working in the field as strength and conditioning experts and coaches. Students with this degree also are able to go to various graduate school programs for Masters or PhD work.
What courses can I take?
Beginning as early as the sophomore year, we like to place students into observation Practicum classes where they are able to "shadow" professionals in their desired profession. Also, the Junior or Senior year, we often place students into internship positions where they can gain further insight into the profession. Other "cool" classes include those which study the movement sciences very much in depth. These include Functional Human Anatomy, Exercise Physiology, Kinesiology and Biomechanics, Motor Learning, etc.
What do OBU Exercise and Sports Science Personal Training faculty specialize in?
The KALS faculty are a diverse group. We all wear many hats including sports administration, coaching, and sports ministry. In addition to that, the KALS faculty are well equipped to teach the Movement sciences classes with up to date technology.
The "shadowing" and internship opportunities have been mentioned previously. Also, we offer the students the opportunity to do practical work in our athletic training room and get experience with sports injuries, rehab, etc. We also offer a capstone course that is a preparation for taking the National Strength and Conditioning Association Personal Trainer Certification exam.