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Why do some athletes jump higher than others? Or run faster? How do catastrophic injuries take place and why? What are the best ways to prevent injuries? Recover from them? What traits do great high school coaches share? What are some best-practice methods of motivation?

If you plan to enter fields such as rehabilitation, physical therapy, occupational therapy, fitness club management, personal training, or even medical school – the exercise science major is ideal. The exercise science major – with its broad curriculum – will give you a competitive edge as you pursue careers in movement-based fields.

State-of-the-Art Equipment and Technology

In addition to a traditional, modern classroom Lakeland now provides exercise science students with state-of-the-art equipment and technology. Thanks to a generous gift from Lakeland University alum, Cliff Feldmann, the new Feldmann Exercise Science Lab will include an academic laboratory and a research laboratory outfitted with top-of-the-line equipment that includes:

  • Two large-surface Advanced Mechanical Technology AccuPower force platforms, deployed in a unique side-by-side orientation, countersunk and flush with the floor
  • A Delsys Bagnoli four electromyography system, with a Delsys trigger module and third-party instrument integration for bi-axial goniometer, accelerometer and load cells
  • A Delsys Bagnoli two-electromyography system
  • A Lactate Plus blood lactate meter
  • A COSMED Fitmate Pro metabolic analyzer
  • A COSMED Pony FX desktop spirometer
  • A Speed Trap II infrared timing system
  • A BK precision thermo anemometer
  • A Woodway ELG 70 sports performance treadmill
  • A Monark 839E electronic testing cycle ergonometer
  • A Freemotion F624 functional trainer
  • Powertec and Power Systems resistance training, plyometric and speed development equipment
  • Carolina Biological Supply anatomical models

This cutting-edge equipment will allow for interactive teaching of and research on force, power, balance and muscle activation analysis during gait, sprinting, jumping, resistance training and activities of daily living. Lakeland students will also be able to determine the body composition, lung functioning, blood lactate accumulation and metabolic capacity of athletic and untrained people.

Reach your goals

Lakeland students are guided by Bill Ebben, Lakeland’s highly accomplished associate professor of exercise science. Ebben, who holds a doctorate (from Marquette) and two master’s degrees (UW-Madison and Northern Michigan), has a passion for guiding students into professional school. Over the course of his career, he has helped about 400 students get into DPT programs.

“From the moment students walk onto campus, we will work with them on a career development plan and help them understand all the things it takes to reach their goal,” Ebben says. “We can help them optimize their chance of being accepted into a DPT program. In terms of courses, we offer 100 percent of the prerequisites for acceptance into a DPT program.”


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