Leaders in Fitness and Sport

The School of Sport and Exercise Science (SES) has a long and distinguished history of preparing individuals to assume leadership roles in sport and physical activity settings.

SES is concerned with the many aspects of human movement and its application to sport management, physical activity and the quality of life. Students in SES focus on one of several areas of human movement, including physiological and biomechanical aspects of exercise, psychological and sociological aspects of physical activity, traditional and outdoor physical education, as well as the marketing and management of sport. Our degree programs prepare students to compete successfully for careers in the allied health industries, public school systems and sport management positions. Interested in physical education? UNC is Colorado's flagship institution for the preparation of physical education teachers.

News and Announcements

Bear Physical Activity Leader Academy - July 14, 2017

UNC hosted the continuation of its Active Kids Do Better speaker series on July 14th during the Bear PAL (Physical Activity Leader) Academy. This inaugural Academy featured an extraordinary line-up of real-world experts on the topic “Active Kids Do Better: In Schools and During the Summer”. The topic and panel celebrated UNC’s first MAT graduates (www.uncactiveschools.com) and kicked off the Bear PAW (physical activity week) summer camp for grades K-5 youth (July 17-21). The academy was filled with educators, school administrators, district coordinators, community health and education organizations, parents, and wellness policy personnel.  Learn more about what happened at the Bear PAL Academy from UNC News.

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Colorado Health Foundation Grant Awarded to Create Healthy Schools

Faculty from the School of Sport and Exercise Science have been awarded a $700,814 grant from the Colorado Health Foundation as part of the foundation's Creating Healthy Schools funding strategy to create a statewide system of support that fosters thriving health and wellness environments, and addresses obesity rates for Colorado school children. Read more about the grant project.


Found in Translation

Sitting in a small, instrument-packed lab in Ross Hall is a squat, benign-looking gray tank that contains liquid nitrogen. It also contains a spectrum of cancer cells from various lines. But this is one instance where cancer cells are helping make cancer patients’ lives better. These cells are used in animal research that helps doctors understand exercise’s effect on cancer patients during and after chemotherapy treatment.

Across campus, at the UNC Cancer Rehabilitation Institute, that research is applied to real life, where cancer patients and survivors do cardio and resistance workouts to combat the effects of chemotherapy and cancer on their quality of life.

UNC’s groundbreaking work in cancer rehabilitation has led UNC professor and director of the institute Reid  Hayward to Washington D.C., where he’s spoken to doctors at the National Institutes of Health, and to Memphis, where he’s twice given presentations to the teams at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.


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Olympic Mettle


On an early Tuesday morning, Gunter 1150 looks like pretty much any other college classroom. A few posters hang on the walls. Students in jeans, sweats and athletic gear fill the desks for a required Physical Education class.

After a student presentation, the professor tells his students to get up and stretch before his lecture on the Paralympics. Then two things happen: He wheels over to a table at the front of the classroom, and he pulls out a bronze medal.

Meet Scott Douglas, known to his students as Dr. D. He’s program coordinator of UNC’s sports coaching program and teaches in the School of Sport and Exercise Science. 

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Moving to Address Childhood Obesity

In back of Megan Babkes Stellino’s Centennial home sits a series of yards stitched together like the squares in a quilt, where her two children, Evan, 9, and Alex, 6, have the rare freedom to play in a wide-open spot, unfettered by fences and surrounded by neighborhood kids.

Those kids all romp together in their backyards. Right now, the hot game is a mix of tag and hide and seek. Babkes Stellino calls it “beautiful.”

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