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Want to share your passion for sports and learn how to develop the human body to maximize performance capabilities? Consider earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology with a concentration in Sports Physiology & Performance.


Students in this concentration take courses in human anatomy and physiology, chemistry, psychology, weight training, biomechanics, athletic training, sports nutrition, principles of conditioning the athlete, sports marketing, management and leadership in sports organizations, and more.

  • Internships

    All students pursing a concentration in Sports Physiology & Performance must complete a one-semester internship, typically in the second half of their senior year. The responsibility to identify an internship site lies with the student but Faculty will work one-on-one with the student to help direct them to internship sites that are best suited to their interests and career goals. Students in the Sports Physiology and Performance program have interned at sites that have helped them prepare for sports performance-related careers such as strength and conditioning coaching as well as sports administration-related careers in the health/fitness industry and athletic administration. These types of internships have been done at various sites such as::

    • Collegiate and High School Athletic Departments
    • UAB Strength and Conditioning
    • UAB Athletic Training
    • Birmingham Souther College Athletics
    • Samford University Athletics
    • Lawson State Community College Athletics
    • Alabama Sports Medicine Institute
    • Hoover High School Athletics
    • Gyms/Fitness Facilities and Non-profit Organizations
    • Birmingham YMCA
    • Godspeed Sports Training
    • A.G. Gaston Boys & Girls Club
    • D1 Sports Training
    • Blackwatch Sports Performance
    • EW Motion Therapy
    • Fit People
    • UAB Campus Recreation

    Athletic Departments

    • UAB Athletic Training
    • UAB Strength and Conditioning
    • Hoover High School
    • Samford Athletics
    • Lawson State Community College

    Corporate Worksite Programs

    • ACIPCO

    Students are required to contact the Internship Coordinator during the semester prior to their anticipated internship start date.

    Learn about the Policy for Paid Internships.

Graduate Studies and Career Opportunities

According to the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), there is growing interest in athletic development in youth athletes. Proper strength and conditioning programming is not just for elite-level professional and collegiate athletes, but also crucial for the development of youth athletics. This is not only for improving performance but for ensuring that the human body and musculature are developed efficiently so these sports are performed as safely as possible to lessen the risk of injury to these individuals.

Our graduates are prepared to sit for examinations with the NSCA to become a certified strength and conditioning specialists (CSCS®) and to pursue employment as a strength and conditioning professionals, personal trainers, fitness/wellness center directors, sports marketing specialists, athletic coaches, facilities managers, and college recreation and intramural sports directors. In addition, our program prepares students for entry into graduate programs for health-related professions such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, chiropractic, athletic training, dietetics, nursing, and medicine.

A number of our graduates also continue their education by pursuing a master's degree in exercise physiology.

For More Information

  • Program Coordinator: Cody Morris
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  • Current Students (A-L): Steven Wilson
  • Current Students (M-Z): Christopher Scott

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