• Exercise Sports Science

    Course Description:

    Exercise Sports Science is a course designed to prepare the Student Athlete for college. Students in this class will receive information on how to be a successful Student Athlete that can be applied to all of their future endeavors. The overall program consists of preventative injury techniques, rehabilitation, and sports-specific strength and conditioning. Twice a week, for an hour and fifteen minutes, students will be monitored by a St. Thomas More coach. During that time students will be put through an exercise program dedicated to their chosen sport in the weight room or gymnasium. On Wednesdays, students will have a thirty-five minute seminar class. This lecture class is taught by the Athletic Trainer at St. Thomas More to increase students' knowledge of important topics as they become the optimal Student Athlete. Topics include nutrition, anatomy, workout routines, injury prevention, time management and any other beneficial subject that will encourage and produce a solid base to prepare our students for sports on the college level.  Guest speakers from a wide range of sports-related areas will address the class: college coaches, various athletes from various sports, college admissions officials, nutritionists and other kinds of motivational speakers. Our goal is to prepare students for their athletic future and support their talents, abilities, focus and ambition. In this unique course, they will gather and retain appropriate, vital knowledge of the science of exercise sports.

    Sport-Specific Skill Development

    'Sport-Specific Skill Development’ is a subcategory of Exercise Science that intertwines with three other fitness curricula in an effort to map out a balanced workout routine for student-athletes. ‘Sport-Specific Skill Development’ currently deals solely with basketball players – holding an overarching goal of all-around improvement in an eclectic set of basketball values. The curriculum involves individual skill enhancement, expansion of options from common actions, offensive and defensive structural foundation, and scouting preparation. Each class varies based on positional needs and player-input. The class sees its first major shift in content when students transition from preseason to in-season, and again from in-season to postseason. Additionally, each student will be provided out-of-class routines and expected to fulfill them regularly. Students are graded on punctuality, attitude, effort, and growth.

    Balance and Flexibility

    ‘Balance and Flexibility’ is a subcategory of Exercise Science that intertwines with three other fitness curricula in an effort to map out a balanced workout routine for student-athletes. ‘Balance and Flexibility’ currently deals with student-athletes in baseball, football, soccer, and basketball. Its focus mainly includes building a foundation of pre and post-workout care, while also emphasizing consistent maintenance and productive recovery. Students will participate in a variety of dynamic warmups and cool-downs, as well as yoga and stability work. Students are graded on punctuality, attitude, effort, and growth.

     Speed and Agility

     ‘Speed and Agility’ is a subcategory of Exercise Science that intertwines with three other fitness curricula in an effort to map out a balanced workout routine for student-athletes.’ Speed and Agility’ currently deals with student-athletes in baseball, football, soccer, and basketball. Its predominant focus occupies overall explosion and athleticism. Student-athletes will participate in a range of drills that touch on both linear and lateral acceleration, isolated movements, force generation and absorption, and explosion towards negative space. Students will work both individually and collaboratively in order to achieve well-rounded, heightened athleticism. Students are graded on punctuality, attitude, effort, and growth.

     Strength and Conditioning

     ‘Strength and Conditioning’ is a subcategory of Exercise Science that intertwines with three other fitness curricula in an effort to map out a balanced workout routine for student-athletes. ‘Strength and Conditioning’ currently deals with student-athletes in baseball, football, and soccer. Its overall goal is to improve individual strength in all forms, by way of exercises with bodyweight, added weight, and resistance equipment. Students will work out of sport-specific movements that incorporate influence from prior lifting foundations and individual goals and checkpoints. The curriculum will be circumstantial based on preseason objectives and in-season needs. Students are graded on punctuality, attitude, effort, and growth.