Arizona State University
Senate Motion #2019-43
Motion Introduced by: Curriculum and Academic Programs Committee, Lili Wang, Chair
Date of First Reading: March 25, 2019
Date of Second Reading: April 22, 2019
Title of Motion: Request from the College of Health Solutions –for the establishment of an undergraduate degree – BS in Sports Science and Performance Programming
Action Requested: This curricular proposal has received all college, school, unit and university administrative approvals, and is being presented to the Senate for review and voting decision.
Rationale: Sports Science and Performance Programming focuses on understanding and optimizing physical abilities for active groups ranging from sports to occupational to tactical populations. The ability to work with individuals at close to maximum effort requires specialized knowledge and skills related to these specific populations. The National Strength and Conditioning Association identifies the need for the sports performance and tactical performance coaches to be more knowledgeable about all areas of human physiology and movement mechanics in order to keep up with the ever-expanding technologies used to track and monitor the participant. Job openings in this field, ranging from college and professional sports to private industry, request students possess a more specific understanding of the capabilities of the human body when placed under relatively high stress and workloads and the ability to assist participants in not only improving performance under these conditions but recovering and participating with lower risk of injury.