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Kinesiology — Debunking the myth of the sweatsuit

April 16th, 2013 | Sarah Walters


When you hear “PE,” what comes to mind?

If you asked me the same question 15 years ago, I probably would have told you, dodgeball. For the Millennials out there, you may think of a woman or man in a sweat suit who counts the number of laps you walk around the gym, while planning the next practice for the team they coach.

However, now, I would tell you this: Physical education is the art of teaching students how to protect their health and form healthy habits. Through the years, physical education has really evolved into much more than an extra recess. There are standards to meet as educators, tests to pass, and specialties to acquire. The department in which I teach encompasses so much more than physical education.

Kinesiology is the study of human movement. Within the study of human movement, there are many fields of interest. Here at Evangel, we offer programs in Athletic Training, Exercise Science, Physical Education and Recreation and Sport Management. How do all of these incorporate the study of human movement? Let me tell you.

Athletic training is the explicit study of the human body as it relates to physically active individuals who may incur some sort of dysfunction while doing physically active things they love.  Exercise science is what you traditionally think of when you hear the study of human movement. Those who choose this major may study to work in cardiac rehab, other therapy fields, or personal trainers. Recreation and Sport Management majors are well equipped for a variety of careers. Careers may begin in sport marketing or as a high school athletic director and transform into more management and leadership roles within the organization.

You see, here in the Kinesiology Department, we all have different areas of specialty, but we have two common interests: the study of human movement and a love for people.

We care about people because in Philippians 3:20 it says, “But there’s far more to life for us. We’re citizens of high heaven! We’re waiting on the arrival of the Savior, the Master, Jesus Christ, who will transform our earthly bodies into glorious bodies like his own. He’ll make us beautiful and whole with the same powerful skill by which he is putting everything as it should be, under and around him.”

The thought of heaven and all of its beauty makes me excited. We seek to show the joy we have in our eternal hope to our students by helping you find enjoyment in your career choice. While its not about the sweatsuit you wear, it is about the life you change while working in the field you love.

Sarah Walters

Assistant Professor of Kinesiology

Sarah Walters, a certified athletic trainer, is a Kinesiology instructor at Evangel. She serves as the clinical coordinator for the Athletic Training Education Program, and is also the head athletic trainer.

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