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Master of Science in Sport Health Science

Master of Science in Sport Health Science

Life University offers a 52-credit hour Master of Science degree in Sport Health Science with specialty tracks in the professional fields of Exercise and Sport Science, Sport Injury Management, Sport Coaching, Nutrition and Sport Science, and Chiropractic Sport Science. The curriculum is designed to permit graduates with an interest in these specific areas to realize their personal and professional goals. Any graduate level course offered in the Sports Health Science program except for MAT “only” (i.e., Master’s in Athletic Training) courses can be used as an elective for any of the specialty tracks.


Chiropractic Sport Science Track

This specialty track is designed to integrate the disciplines of Chiropractic and sport science. Program objectives include the practical application of scientific knowledge with hands-on opportunities for the chiropractor/student to work with athletes in all sports. Areas of study include research and coursework in arthrokinematics, biomechanics, exercise physiology and kinesiology. Students interested in this specialty area should have a Doctor of Chiropractic degree or be a candidate in the chiropractic program, while also having a desire to integrate Chiropractic and athletic performance.

Core Courses

Course # Course Name *Prereq. Lec. Hrs. Lab Hrs. Credit Hrs.
MSHS 600 Exercise Physiology 4 Hours 0 Hours 4 Hours

This course offers the study of the physiological responses and adaptations to exercise in terms of how they relate to human performance limitations, training effects, and health-related benefits. Emphasis will be given to a study of the components of physical fitness. Exercise metabolism and nutrition will be covered.

MSHS 670 Kinesiology of Sport 4 Hours 0 Hours 4 Hours

This course offers the study of anatomical and kinesiological principles applied to the qualitative analysis of human motion in sports skills. Topics include movement terminology, muscle mechanics and function, levers, and an introduction to kinematics and kinetics of human motion.

MSHS 680 Research Methods 4 Hours 0 Hours 4 Hours

This course is designed to introduce students to the research process in exercise science, which includes problem solving, methods development, and ethical issues in research. Students will acquire the skills necessary to write the first three chapters of a thesis. An introduction to statistical concepts, selected statistical measures, and computer skills are covered.

Sub-total: 12 credit hours

Required Courses

Course # Course Name *Prereq. Lec. Hrs. Lab Hrs. Credit Hrs.
MSHS 649 Practices of Therapeutic Exercise MSHS 648 2 Hours 2 Hours 3 Hours

This course provides practical experience in the development and application of exercise programs for musculoskeletal conditions utilizing manual exercise, gymball (Swiss ball), free weights, calisthenics and theraband. The practical experiences and application are based on the theoretical principles covered in MSHS 648.

MSHS 657 Arthrokinematics & Proprioception of the Lower Body TECH 3838 3 Hours 2 Hours 4 Hours

The study of lower extremity joint function that is not produced by the action of voluntary muscles. Advanced techniques of extremity adjusting, as an adjunct to spinal adjusting, are studied.

MSHS 658 Arthrokinematics and Proprioception of the Upper Body TECH 3837 3 Hours 2 Hours 4 Hours

This course offers the study of upper extremity joint function that is not produced by the action of voluntary muscles. Advanced techniques of extremity adjusting, as an adjunct to spinal adjusting, are studied.

MSHS 659 Sport Chiropractic Case Study MSHS 657, 658 4 Hours 0 Hours 4 Hours

This course offers the study of a systematic process of developing of case management skills as it pertains to sport injury. The course focuses on the more common athletic injuries seen in the clinical and on field settings. The student learns how to diagnose, rehabilitate and adjust such injuries.

MSHS 676 Biomechanics of Sport Injury MSHS 670 4 Hours 0 Hours 4 Hours

This course is designed to introduce students to the force-motion relationships within the musculoskeletal system and the various techniques used to understand these relationships. Topics include the biomechanics of major joints, tissues, and structures of the musculoskeletal system such as bone, cartilage, tendon, ligament, nerve, and muscle. The student will utilize the concepts learned to investigate the injuries in specific sports.

MSHS 690 Practicum 0 Hours 0 Hours 12 Hours

This course is a supervised practical experience on the campus of Life University and in the local community. A detailed proposal form must be completed one quarter prior to registration with the approval of the academic advisor and supervising professor.

Sub-total: 31 credit hours

For elective choices, click here for the Academic Catalog.

Exercise and Sport Science

This specialty track is designed to prepare the student for a career in fields such as cardiac rehabilitation, clinical exercise physiologists, strength and conditioning coaches, health club management, preventive medicine, corporate fitness and for further study in doctoral programs. Program objectives prepare a student for a variety of demands involved in the evaluation and prescription for preventive and rehabilitation programs.

Students attracted to this program represent a number of backgrounds. These range from recent college and university graduates who majored in physical education, health, recreation and biology to therapists, nurses, athletic trainers and paramedics. A number have strong backgrounds in the natural sciences or business where they have been involved in club or corporate fitness programs.

Core Courses

Course # Course Name *Prereq. Lec. Hrs. Lab Hrs. Credit Hrs.
MSHS 600 Exercise Physiology 4 Hours 0 Hours 4 Hours

This course offers the study of the physiological responses and adaptations to exercise in terms of how they relate to human performance limitations, training effects, and health-related benefits. Emphasis will be given to a study of the components of physical fitness. Exercise metabolism and nutrition will be covered.

MSHS 670 Kinesiology of Sport 4 Hours 0 Hours 4 Hours

This course offers the study of anatomical and kinesiological principles applied to the qualitative analysis of human motion in sports skills. Topics include movement terminology, muscle mechanics and function, levers, and an introduction to kinematics and kinetics of human motion.

MSHS 680 Research Methods 4 Hours 0 Hours 4 Hours

This course is designed to introduce students to the research process in exercise science, which includes problem solving, methods development, and ethical issues in research. Students will acquire the skills necessary to write the first three chapters of a thesis. An introduction to statistical concepts, selected statistical measures, and computer skills are covered.

Sub-total: 12 credit hours

Required Courses

Course # Course Name *Prereq. Lec. Hrs. Lab Hrs. Credit Hrs.
MSHS 602 Cardiorespiratory Exercise Physiology MSHS 600 4 Hours 0 Hours 4 Hours

This course offers the study of the responses of the cardiorespiratory system to physical activity, as well as the adaptations to exercise training. Topics covered include energy expenditure, oxygen consumption, cardiovascular responses (acute and chronic) to training, physiological control mechanisms, and physiological changes due to diseased states and various environmental conditions.

MSHS 604 Neuromuscular Exercise Physiology MSHS 600 4 Hours 0 Hours 4 Hours

This course will examine the relationship between neuromuscular structure and function with an emphasis on understanding the acute responses and chronic adaptations of skeletal muscle to exercise and training. Topics discussed include the biochemical and morphological characteristics of skeletal muscle fibers, neural regulation, and bioenergetics of muscular contraction and fatigue, and muscle plasticity as related to development, growth, and adaptation.

MSHS 610 Exercise Electrocardiography 3 Hours 2 Hours 4 Hours

This course offers the study of the electrical activity of the heart and its mechanical function with emphasis on arrhythmia and 12-lead interpretation. Topics discussed include cardiovascular structure and function, EKG interpretation, stress testing protocols and ergometry used in the clinical setting, and interpretation of EKG/GXT data in various patient populations.

MSHS 612 Exercise Testing & Prescription MSHS 600 3 Hours 2 Hours 4 Hours

This course offers the study of the fundamental principles of exercise testing and prescription for healthy and diseased states. Ergometry commonly employed in human performance labs, clinical settings and health clubs will be evaluated. Topics discussed include medical screening, strength testing, power and flexibility, anaerobic and aerobic fitness assessment, body composition, exercise prescription, and metabolic calculations.

MSHS 622 Nutrition for Fitness and Sport MSHS 600 4 Hours 0 Hours 4 Hours

The course examines the nutritional requirements of fitness enthusiasts and athletes in relation to metabolism during exercise and recovery. The relationship of exercise and diet to health and disease is examined also.

MSHS 672 Biomechanics of Sport MSHS 670 4 Hours 0 Hours 4 Hours

This course offers the study of mechanical principles applied to the analysis of sports movements. Topics include in-depth study of muscular mechanics, kinematics, kinetics, and modeling of human movement.

Sub-total: 24 credit hours

For elective choices, click here for the Academic Catalog.

Nutrition and Sport Science

This specialty track is designed to integrate the disciplines of Nutrition and Sport Health Science. The program objective is to prepare the graduate student for a career in Sport Health Science and Nutrition through the practical application of scientific knowledge. Areas of study include research and coursework in nutrition, biochemistry, exercise physiology and kinesiology.

Core Courses

Course # Course Name *Prereq. Lec. Hrs. Lab Hrs. Credit Hrs.
MSHS 600 Exercise Physiology 4 Hours 0 Hours 4 Hours

This course offers the study of the physiological responses and adaptations to exercise in terms of how they relate to human performance limitations, training effects, and health-related benefits. Emphasis will be given to a study of the components of physical fitness. Exercise metabolism and nutrition will be covered.

MSHS 670 Kinesiology of Sport 4 Hours 0 Hours 4 Hours

This course offers the study of anatomical and kinesiological principles applied to the qualitative analysis of human motion in sports skills. Topics include movement terminology, muscle mechanics and function, levers, and an introduction to kinematics and kinetics of human motion.

MSHS 680 Research Methods 4 Hours 0 Hours 4 Hours

This course is designed to introduce students to the research process in exercise science, which includes problem solving, methods development, and ethical issues in research. Students will acquire the skills necessary to write the first three chapters of a thesis. An introduction to statistical concepts, selected statistical measures, and computer skills are covered.

Sub-total: 12 credit hours

Required Courses

Course # Course Name *Prereq. Lec. Hrs. Lab Hrs. Credit Hrs.
MSHS 602 Cardiorespiratory Exercise Physiology MSHS 600 4 Hours 0 Hours 4 Hours

This course offers the study of the responses of the cardiorespiratory system to physical activity, as well as the adaptations to exercise training. Topics covered include energy expenditure, oxygen consumption, cardiovascular responses (acute and chronic) to training, physiological control mechanisms, and physiological changes due to diseased states and various environmental conditions.

MSHS 612 Exercise Testing & Prescription MSHS 600 3 Hours 2 Hours 4 Hours

This course offers the study of the fundamental principles of exercise testing and prescription for healthy and diseased states. Ergometry commonly employed in human performance labs, clinical settings and health clubs will be evaluated. Topics discussed include medical screening, strength testing, power and flexibility, anaerobic and aerobic fitness assessment, body composition, exercise prescription, and metabolic calculations.

MSHS 622 Nutrition for Fitness and Sport MSHS 600 4 Hours 0 Hours 4 Hours

The course examines the nutritional requirements of fitness enthusiasts and athletes in relation to metabolism during exercise and recovery. The relationship of exercise and diet to health and disease is examined also.

MSHS 634 Advanced Exercise Biochemistry MSHS 622, 680 4 Hours 0 Hours 4 Hours

This course is designed to provide a comprehensive overview of exercise biochemistry. Reading and discussion of current topics in exercise biochemistry related to control mechanisms, methods used in research to assess biochemical adaptations, mechanisms regulating carbohydrate, lipid and protein metabolism; adaptations with exercise training; influence of acute and chronic exercise on energy metabolism, insulin signaling & action; skeletal muscle lactate utilization and transporters, and the relationship between metabolism and fatigue.

MSHS 636 Advanced Vitamins & Minerals MSHS 622, 680 4 Hours 0 Hours 4 Hours

This course offers the study of advanced functional, biochemical, and metabolic properties of vitamins and minerals are discussed, especially in context of athletic performance and chronic disease prevention. This course will also expose students to concepts and methods of epidemiology, focusing on epidemiologic research studies.

MSHS 638 Advanced Medical Nutrition Therapy MSHS 634, 636 4 Hours 0 Hours 4 Hours

This course offers the study of the major new developments in the field of advanced medical nutrition therapy. Several medical topics will be covered during the length of the quarter.

Sub-total: 24 credit hours

Sport Injury Management

This specialty track is designed to help prepare the injury-care provider (e.g. chiropractor) for sport injury management positions at the high school and college level, or in clinical and professional settings. Program objectives prepare students for the prevention, management, evaluation, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries along with the multiplicity of demands involved with the successful operation of injury-care programs. Students attracted to this specialty have diversified backgrounds including anatomy, physical education, health sciences and biology.

Core Courses

Course # Course Name *Prereq. Lec. Hrs. Lab Hrs. Credit Hrs.
MSHS 600 Exercise Physiology 4 Hours 0 Hours 4 Hours

This course offers the study of the physiological responses and adaptations to exercise in terms of how they relate to human performance limitations, training effects, and health-related benefits. Emphasis will be given to a study of the components of physical fitness. Exercise metabolism and nutrition will be covered.

MSHS 670 Kinesiology of Sport 4 Hours 0 Hours 4 Hours

This course offers the study of anatomical and kinesiological principles applied to the qualitative analysis of human motion in sports skills. Topics include movement terminology, muscle mechanics and function, levers, and an introduction to kinematics and kinetics of human motion.

MSHS 680 Research Methods 4 Hours 0 Hours 4 Hours

This course is designed to introduce students to the research process in exercise science, which includes problem solving, methods development, and ethical issues in research. Students will acquire the skills necessary to write the first three chapters of a thesis. An introduction to statistical concepts, selected statistical measures, and computer skills are covered.

Sub-total: 12 credit hours

Required Courses

Course # Course Name *Prereq. Lec. Hrs. Lab Hrs. Credit Hrs.
MSHS 612 Exercise Testing & Prescription MSHS 600 3 Hours 2 Hours 4 Hours

This course offers the study of the fundamental principles of exercise testing and prescription for healthy and diseased states. Ergometry commonly employed in human performance labs, clinical settings and health clubs will be evaluated. Topics discussed include medical screening, strength testing, power and flexibility, anaerobic and aerobic fitness assessment, body composition, exercise prescription, and metabolic calculations.

MSHS 642 On-Field Emergency Care 2 Hours 0 Hours 2 Hours

This course offers the comprehensive study of the assessment and management of traumas and medical emergencies that occur in sports. The course focuses on the life-threatening conditions that occur to the head, neck, chest, abdomen, and spinal cord. Physiological, environmental, and physical processes that lead to these life-threatening injuries are examined.

MSHS 646 Therapeutic Agents 3 Hours 2 Hours 4 Hours

This course offers the study of selected physical agents commonly used in athletic training. Topics include hydrotherapy, massage, thermotherapy, cryotherapy, and traction.

MSHS 648 Principles in Therapeutic Exercise 4 Hours 0 Hours 4 Hours

The study of the basic principles and techniques used to rehabilitate joints, muscles, and other soft tissue conditions. This course is required in the special interest curricula and athletic training.

MSHS 676 Biomechanics of Sport Injury MSHS 670 4 Hours 0 Hours 4 Hours

This course is designed to introduce students to the force-motion relationships within the musculoskeletal system and the various techniques used to understand these relationships. Topics include the biomechanics of major joints, tissues, and structures of the musculoskeletal system such as bone, cartilage, tendon, ligament, nerve, and muscle. The student will utilize the concepts learned to investigate the injuries in specific sports.

MSHS 684.13 Sport Seminar: Kinetic Chain Assessment 1 Hours 2 Hours 2 Hours

This course offers the study of the integrated nature of the kinetic chain with respect to assessment of deviation from normal structure and function and the resulting potential for injury and impaired physical performance.

MSHS 684.14 Sport Seminar: Functional Rehabilitation of the Kinetic Chain 1 Hours 2 Hours 2 Hours

This course offers the study of the application of rehabilitation techniques in an integrated fashion in the treatment of kinetic chain dysfunction that may adversely affect the potential for injury and impaired physical performance.

Sub-total: 22 credit hours

For elective choices, click here for the Academic Catalog.

Sport Coaching

This specialty track is designed to better prepare students to become coaches that have the knowledge and understanding necessary to obtain optimal performance from their athletes. Program objectives prepare students for scientific coaching by applying the principles of physiology, kinesiology, nutrition, biomechanics and psychology to the sport or sport skill of interest. Students attracted to this specialty may have a variety of backgrounds, including a strong desire to develop world-class athletic performers. Some of these backgrounds will include physical educators or other club, high school and college level coaches, and anyone else desiring to increase their knowledge of sport and/or their own level of sport performance.

Core Courses

Course # Course Name *Prereq. Lec. Hrs. Lab Hrs. Credit Hrs.
MSHS 600 Exercise Physiology 4 Hours 0 Hours 4 Hours

This course offers the study of the physiological responses and adaptations to exercise in terms of how they relate to human performance limitations, training effects, and health-related benefits. Emphasis will be given to a study of the components of physical fitness. Exercise metabolism and nutrition will be covered.

MSHS 670 Kinesiology of Sport 4 Hours 0 Hours 4 Hours

This course offers the study of anatomical and kinesiological principles applied to the qualitative analysis of human motion in sports skills. Topics include movement terminology, muscle mechanics and function, levers, and an introduction to kinematics and kinetics of human motion.

MSHS 680 Research Methods 4 Hours 0 Hours 4 Hours

This course is designed to introduce students to the research process in exercise science, which includes problem solving, methods development, and ethical issues in research. Students will acquire the skills necessary to write the first three chapters of a thesis. An introduction to statistical concepts, selected statistical measures, and computer skills are covered.

Sub-total: 12 credit hours

Required Courses

Course # Course Name *Prereq. Lec. Hrs. Lab Hrs. Credit Hrs.
MSHS 622 Nutrition for Fitness and Sport MSHS 600 4 Hours 0 Hours 4 Hours

The course examines the nutritional requirements of fitness enthusiasts and athletes in relation to metabolism during exercise and recovery. The relationship of exercise and diet to health and disease is examined also.

MSHS 624 Strength Training and Development 4 Hours 0 Hours 4 Hours

This course examines the design and implementation of various types of resistance training programs, the underlying neuromuscular and physiological basis for various types of resistance training exercises, and the acute responses and chronic adaptations to resistance training exercise.

MSHS 628 Ergogenic Aids and Substance Abuse MSHS 600 4 Hours 0 Hours 4 Hours

This course offers the examination of the pharmacological and nutritional agents used by athletes in order to enhance muscular development and exercise performance. Commonly abused, recreational drugs and their effects on athletic performance will be discussed.

MSHS 640 Sport Injury Management 4 Hours 0 Hours 4 Hours

This course offers the study of the prevention, evaluation, treatment, and rehabilitation of athletic injury.

Sub-total: 16 credit hours

One of the following:

Course # Course Name *Prereq. Lec. Hrs. Lab Hrs. Credit Hrs.
MSHS 672 Biomechanics of Sport MSHS 670 4 Hours 0 Hours 4 Hours

This course offers the study of mechanical principles applied to the analysis of sports movements. Topics include in-depth study of muscular mechanics, kinematics, kinetics, and modeling of human movement.

MSHS 676 Biomechanics of Sport Injury MSHS 670 4 Hours 0 Hours 4 Hours

This course is designed to introduce students to the force-motion relationships within the musculoskeletal system and the various techniques used to understand these relationships. Topics include the biomechanics of major joints, tissues, and structures of the musculoskeletal system such as bone, cartilage, tendon, ligament, nerve, and muscle. The student will utilize the concepts learned to investigate the injuries in specific sports.

MSHS 602 Cardiorespiratory Exercise Physiology MSHS 600 4 Hours 0 Hours 4 Hours

This course offers the study of the responses of the cardiorespiratory system to physical activity, as well as the adaptations to exercise training. Topics covered include energy expenditure, oxygen consumption, cardiovascular responses (acute and chronic) to training, physiological control mechanisms, and physiological changes due to diseased states and various environmental conditions.

MSHS 604 Neuromuscular Exercise Physiology MSHS 600 4 Hours 0 Hours 4 Hours

This course will examine the relationship between neuromuscular structure and function with an emphasis on understanding the acute responses and chronic adaptations of skeletal muscle to exercise and training. Topics discussed include the biochemical and morphological characteristics of skeletal muscle fibers, neural regulation, and bioenergetics of muscular contraction and fatigue, and muscle plasticity as related to development, growth, and adaptation.

Sub-total: 16 credit hours

For elective choices, clinic and field experience programs and course descriptions, click here for the Academic Catalog.