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Terry WhitmoreExercise Science student Terry Whitmore explains his background in motocross and off-road dirt bike racing and the application of Exercise Science in his success. “I grew up riding motorcycles, riding my first minibike at age 5. I competed in my first motocross race at age 11 and was hooked. Putting off college, I achieved motocross success at both the state and national level. One winter, while training in Georgia, I suffered a bad crash that left me with a compound fracture of my right femur. After three surgeries, and many complications, I decided it was maybe time to reconsider college. It was my experience with rehabilitation and training that led me to enroll in the exercise science program at LSSU. Once I could ride again, I changed my focus to off-road dirt bike racing. The races are longer, more grueling, and vary in terrain from tight single line through dense forest, rocks, logs, streams and several other obstacles intended to crush the racers fortitude. The training I have received in exercise science has helped me tremendously in my racing endeavors. Knowing about the different energy systems, proper nutrition for endurance competitions, and proper methods of strength and conditioning training enabled me to place 2nd in my class in the final rankings this past season. I highly recommend Exercise Science to anybody with an interest in athlete training and conditioning or public health and fitness. From strength training and conditioning to clinical exercise physiology / cardiac rehab to corporate fitness / worksite wellness, we learn and prepare for it all! It has changed my life and I believe it can do the same for other people.”

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