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My education at Lake State taught me not only the basics of exercise science and health and wellness but prepared me for my future research career. I became involved in national organizations, improved my networking skills to create working relationships, and ended up with an amazing paid internship that turned into a 3-year research professional position at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, GA. Now in graduate school pursuing a doctorate degree at Virginia Tech, I rely on the knowledge I acquired at Lake State and put it to practice daily while discussing health-related topics in class or conducting obesity and inflammation research in our laboratory.

Elaina Marinik
Exercise Science Alum,
Graduate Student,
Virginia Tech.

Exercise Science (& Health Fitness)

Many of our graduates are sought after because of their LSSU education

TreadmillGraduating LSSU exercise science student Greg Scharf (Gladwin, Mich.) and his advisor, Professor Jody Susi, test-drive a recent addition to Lake State's Exercise Physiology laboratory. The state-of-the-art treadmill lets students and staff monitor and analyze a patient-client's cardiovascular system during exercise.

The lab's new testing treadmill represents a major capital investment by LSSU's Department of Recreation Studies and Exercise Science. The clinical workstation comes with an interpretive ECG-monitoring software suite.

"These additions improve our ability to clinically train our students," says lab director and exercise science professor Jodi Susi. "The equipment is what's commonly used in hospitals and rehabilitation clinics."

All exercise science classes meet in the lab, particularly courses in fitness evaluation, essentials of strength and conditioning, and exercise prescription. This is where students gain crucial skills by testing patients and fitness clients. Junior and senior students use most of the lab's resources, however underclassmen start learning proper procedures and protocols in their sophomore year.

One of the most demanding evaluations is the clinical stress test. The procedure requires a student-clinician to monitor a patient's rate of perceived exertion (RPE), heart rate, blood pressure, changes in ECG patterns, irregular heart rhythms, as well as any other physiological indicators.



Kiwanis Scholastic Award...

Alpena, Michigan

The annual citation goes to a senior athlete who achieves the highest academic competence. Amanda Pieczynski, from Alpena, Michigan, is an exercise science major with a 3.9GPA.

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