Exercise Science

Department News

Exercise Science announces new faculty

The Exercise Science Department is pleased to announce our new tenure track hire, Dr. Susumu Iwasaki.  Dr. Iwasaki completed his doctorate at the University of Kansas in the Department of Health, Sport and Exercise Sciences in 2014. As a graduate of the Sport Psychology program, Dr. Iwasaki's research focuses primarily on athlete perceptions of team climate and mindful engagement in sport. He has co-authored several articles including The Efforts of Sport Psychology Professionals to Assist Sport Administrators in Evaluating Youth Sport Programs.

While at Kansas, he was a key member of the Sport and Exercise Psychology lab where he mentored both undergraduate and graduate research projects. During his graduate program, Dr. Iwasaki was awarded the Wayne Osness Outstanding Doctoral Student Award. In addition to his academic training, Dr. Iwasaki also has an extensive applied background in sport coaching. For example, he coached high school basketball in Japan over 10 years. He is presently working towards becoming a certified consultant through the Association for Applied Sport Psychology.

Dr. Iwasaki comes to us from Ibaraki University in Japan via the University of Kansas. He was a Jayhawk and now he is a Skyhawk.

Video on Exercise Science Alum Katarina Marks

Recent alum and present Assistant Cross Country Coach Katarina Marks was featured on Four Corners TV for her prowess in Xterra Off-Road Triathlon races. Full Video here.

Awards Given at Exercise Science Department Social

The Exercise Science Program announced 2016 award winners and 2016-17 academic scholarship recipients during the Exercise Science Annual Social on Friday, April 22, 2016. 
AKA  Scholar is Thomas Poole of Durango, CO.
Major of the Year (AT) Honor: Jenna Krizo of Brea, CA.
Major of the Year (ES) Honor: Stephanie Teaman of Riverside, CA.

ES, AT and AE Students Present at Undergraduate Research Symposium

Several Exercise Science, Athletic Training and Adventure Education students were chosen to present their research as part of the Fort Lewis College Undergraduate Research & Creative Activities Symposium that occurred on April 21, 2016. The symposium brings together student work from many different departments across campus. Two courses, ES/AT 495 Research Design and Development as well as ES/AT 496 Senior Seminar, provide the platform for our students to develop their research projects during the academic year. full story

Exercise Science Professors Publish Research

Assistant Professor of Exercise Science Emily Houghton, PhD and colleague Jennifer A. Bhalla, PhD published a research article entitled Invisible Pioneers: Exploring the Experiences of African American Female Athletes in an edited called Modern Sport and the African American Experience. The book, edited by Gary Sailes, PhD is a collection of essays that focuses on the intersection of race, gender and sport. 

In addition, Assistant Professor of Exercise Science Missy Thompson, PhD along with collaborators Jeff Seegmiller EdD, and Craig P. McGowan, PhD from the University of Idaho published a research article entitled Impact Accelerations of Barefoot and Shod Running in the International Journal of Sports Medicine. 


Exercise Science 2016 AKA scholar Tom Poole Featured at Student Teacher Professional Exhibition April 28, 2016

Thomas Poole, who was voted by Exercise Science faculty as the recipeint of the 2016 American Kinesiolgy Associatiation's FLC Student Scholar, was featured at Student Teacher Professional Exhibition. Read full story in the Durango Herald.

Cathy Simbeck's adaptive exercise class does a lot more than listen to lectures and read books. 

The clients come from Holly House, which offers a day program for adults with disabilities, Durango School District 9-R and home-schooling programs. The FLC students master the use of diagnostic techniques – such as assessing physical abilities, including strength, speed, cardiorespiratory endurance and balance – and learn to work with clients who have cognitive disabilities. Read full story in Durango Herald

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.