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Exercise & Sports Science

Exercise and Sports Science (ESS) is the study of immediate and long-term effects of physical activity on the body. Prepare for a career in your field as you examine the contribution of anatomy, biomechanics, motor learning, physiology, and health behaviors in the development of effective movement skills, exercise, and sports performance.



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At Meredith, our ideal location near downtown Raleigh and the Research Triangle Park means you’ll have access to a variety of internships that prepare you for any number of careers. Recent internships held by ESS students include:

  • Rex Wellness Centers
  • WakeMed
  • Triangle Volleyball Club
  • Triangle Orthopedics
  • Workplace Solutions
  • Valencell

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Brittany Preston

When Brittany Preston, ’19, graduates in May, she will be headed for a future that was discovered by combining her passions and being in an environment that encouraged her.

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Sarah Arbes

Arriving at Meredith College with a passion for health, wellness, and human performance, Sarah Arbes, ’19, knew she wanted to pursue a career in that field. 

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Charley Cox

As an exercise and sports science major, Charley Cox, ’19, knew when she arrived at Meredith College that she wanted to pursue an education career and help build healthier lives within her community.

Undergraduate Research

Analysis of the Effects of Physical and Reactive Training on Agility Performance

As an ESS major, you’ll be encouraged to conduct research while pursuing your degree. Identify a special topic and work under the supervision of a professor or join a research team. Recent research topics include:

  • An Investigation of Relationships between Freshman Academic Credit Hours and Health Status of Undergraduate Females
  • The Effects of Sports Drinks on Aerobic Performance
  • An Analysis of the Effects of Physical and Reactive Training on Agility Performance
  • Influences of Fitness Assessment Programs on Female Undergraduate Exercise and Sport Science Majors
Sports Science Association

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As an ESS major, you can join the Sports Science Association and gain valuable hands-on experience. Help organize a community event. Support your fellow students’ health and wellness. Attend professional conferences and meetings.

Learn more about SSA

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