PITTSBURG, Kansas. — Jobs in the exercise science industry continue to grow at one of the fastest rates in the country.
According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, this is a trend that may continue through 2028. This growth has prompted a similar development at Pittsburg State University.
“There has never been so much interest in sport and sports performance as a whole. The field just exploded,” said Dr. David Boffey, PSU Asst. Exercise science teacher
Over the past year, Dr. David Boffey has helped expand the capabilities of the Pitt State Department of Health, Human Performance and Recreation.
“Starting this fall of 2022, we’re going to be focusing on human performance, strength and conditioning, and we’re going to be emphasizing clinical and pre-professional aspects as well,” Boffey said.
The department will also see two new courses in exercise science as well as several new upgrades to the Human Performance Lab.
“We have multiple barbell racks, we have Olympic lifting plates, we have a wide range of barbells and dumbbells. What we have done is outfit an existing lab that we have, and now we have a real human performance lab, where we’re going to use a lot of this technology that I talked about to measure real students during class and analyze the data in class,” Boffey said.
And not only with students inside the department, but in different programs. Already, they have helped PSU ROTC students prepare for their Army Physical Fitness Test.
“They must pass this on-campus physical fitness test each semester to qualify for their scholarships, and then continue to progress toward commissioning upon graduation. After they graduate and go to the real army, it is mandatory every six months, every year to pass this physical fitness test, otherwise you do not meet the requirements to be in the army,” said Josh Shay, PSU ROTC Scholarships and Enrollment Manager.
Eventually, Dr. Boffey hopes to extend the student experience to sports programs across campus.
“We’re going to work with the strength and conditioning staff in football and actually measure their athletes at different times of the year, and then eventually work with other athletic departments, and give them that experience and give them the time it takes. takes to learn how to use all of these tools in the classroom,” Boffey said.