Though it is challenging to fit in Education Abroad during the Sports and Exercise major, there are always options for students who are interested and want to work with our advisors! Students can take University Core courses, fulfill their foreign language requirement or work with our department to find transferable major courses.
One of our juniors, Clair, studied abroad in Barcelona at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra during the 2017 Fall Quarter. Her favorite course she took was Global Marketing and Culture of FC Barcelona which focuses on how football (soccer) has had social, political and economic impacts as a major cultural vehicle in the global world. This course will transfer back as UCOR 3600, helping to fill her Core requirements.
Education abroad is truly about immersing yourself to gain new cultural experiences. While there, Clair was able to broaden her travels to Europe and even a bit of Africa. She was able to visit the cities of Fez and Meknes in Morocco, where she spent a couple days in the Sahara camping, riding camels, and sand boarding as seen above.
This quarter a class of Renton High School’s International Baccalaureate students visited campus in coordination with the Kinesiology and Athletic Departments, as well as the Nursing School.
For the first stop of the day students participated in active lessons about exercise physiology and biomechanics led by Lab Supervisor, Sean Machak, inside the Kinesiology Department’s Human Performance Lab. After an active morning lab session, the high schoolers enjoyed a tour of campus led by a SU tour guide. A quick break was had to enjoy lunch at the Cherry Street Market from which students visited the Athletic Performance Center, where Head Strength Coach, Cam Williams, provided a demonstration of foundational concepts of strength and conditioning. This was followed by a visit to the Sport Medicine Department’s Training Room where students participated in a discussion and demonstration about Athletic Training led by Head Athletic Trainer, Matt Bussman. To wrap up the day students made their way to the School of Nursing where they toured the SU facilities located within Swedish Hospital. In the hospital current SU Nursing students and faculty led students through several demonstrations and toured their Clinical Performance Lab.
In the future we hope to offer more opportunities like this for our students to not only practice what they have learned in class, but also to local schools in order to help younger generation find a passion for sports medicine.
Physical Therapy Doctoral Student, George Fox University, Class of 2020
SPEX and Education Abroad
Exercise Physiologist, PotentRx Health and Performance Center