Exercise Science

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ES Students Participate in Fresh Check Day 

On October 18, 2017 Fort Lewis College hosted a Fresh Check Day on campus. The purpose of the event was to bring awareness to mental health issues and to educate students about the various resources available on campus. There were many different interactive booths sponsored by different organizations and groups on campus that brought awareness to mental health and suicide. Students in ES480, Administration of programs in Exercise Science distributed information about various pressure points on the body and how they might relieve stress. 


The ES Cluster hits the ropes courses!

Exercise Science Learning Community (Cluster) at the San Juan Community College High Ropes Course.  The group went to Farmington, New Mexico for a half day to participate in their high ropes challenge.  They participated on three different challenges.  They started on the Alpine Tower where each student had the opportunity to climb on the tower and to belay.  After an hour and a half on the Tower they were spilt into two groups where one group went to the Net Leap and the other group went to the Giant Swing.  About an hour later, the two groups switched activities.  This way all students had an opportunity to participate on each challenge.

Prof. Missy Thompson publishes research

Abstract: It has long been proposed that the gait alterations associated with barefoot running are mediated by alterations in sensory feedback, yet there has been no data to support this claim. Thus, the purpose of this study was to examine the role of superficial plantar cutaneous feedback in barefoot and shod running. ttp://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0966636217304927

Alum Payson McElveen ('16) Profiled by Trek Bikes

Trek Bikes recently published a profile on three of their mountain bikers, called Generation Now which included McElveen. He has been dominating the 2017 circuit with wins in the US National Title for Marathon distance cross country and the Firecracker 50 and is in third place overall in the Epic Rides Series. Read more here.


Dr. Thompson's Research Discussed in Runners World

Assistant Professor of Exercise Science, Missy Thompson, PhD presented her research on barefoot running

at the American College of Sport Medicine Conference in Denver last week which was then discussed in Runners World. Click here for full details

New Faculty Teaching Award: Dr. Emily Houghton

Dr. Emily Houghton

So many Fort Lewis College professors not only have impressive educational credentials, but also a wealth of life experiences that color and inform their teaching. For Dr. Emily Houghton, assistant professor of exercise science, sports was the path that led her to what she has become today, including the 2017-18 winner of the FLC New Faculty Teaching Award.

She was a collegiate soccer player at her undergraduate institution in upstate New York. Her role as a teacher began, not as a professor in a traditional setting, but as a teacher/mentor with the AmeriCorps’ Athletes in Service program in Chicago. Read full story.





FLC ES alumus spins a career in bike racing industry

excercise science alum collageFor Fort Lewis College alumnus Matt Shriver, the end of his racing career didn’t spell the end of his involvement with competitive cycling. Instead, his skills and education were diverse enough to blaze new trails for himself in the cycling industry. He’s now working at the highest levels of both the sport and the industry.

Shriver (Exercise Specialist, ’08) raced for the Fort Lewis College cycling team from 2001 to 2006, and rode professionally full-time until 2009. That’s when he returned to FLC to coach the cycling team. In his two years coaching at FLC, the Skyhawks team were the overall team omnium national champions. Read the rest of this story.  



basketball player

When Fort Lewis College star basketball guard Joshua Blaylock was a student at Lancaster High School in California, he took a class called “Fulfilling Your Potential.” The class was taught by his high school coach Sidney Melvin. When Melvin asked the students to write down the goals they wished to achieve, he took note of something very interesting and unique about Blaylock.

“All the other kids had five, six, seven or more goals they wanted to achieve, and most of those were a bit out of reach,” Melvin said. “Josh only had two goals. He wanted to reach his potential as a basketball player, and he wanted to take care of his mother. That’s it.”

Read the rest of this story in the Durango Herald


Tour de France podium
Vincenzo Nibali with “podium girls” after winning the 2014 Tour de France. Photo from Outside Online.

Podium Girls: Time to End the “Tradition”

Recently, organizers of the professional cycling event the Tour Down Under made the decision to eliminate “podium girls” and replace them with male junior riders on the men’s tour, thereby breaking from the tradition of other major professional cycling events like the Tour De France, Vuelta a Espana and Giro D’Italia. Podium girls are a highly visible component of the awards ceremony at the conclusion of bike races. The women are often impeccably dressed in matching outfits while presenting winners with prizes, flowers and kisses on the cheek. The role of podium girls and, in some instances, podium boys provides a snapshot of the ways in which traditional gender norms are reinforced in sport.

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Why Study Exercise Science at FLC?

The Exercise Science program at Fort Lewis College hones professional skills and scientific knowledge through meaningful research, engaging classroom discussions, and practical real-world experiences that prepare students for graduate study and careers in teaching, coaching, sport administration, personal training, physical therapy, and other athletic, recreation, fitness, and wellness professions.

Our students begin their clinical studies earlier than at other schools, using professional equipment in our Human Performance Laboratory. We also offer opportunities for teaching in area public schools, working as personal trainers in the Student Life Center, and developing exercise programs for real-world clients.