BCU professor says demand for health professionals excessive | Siouxland Life

SIOUX CITY — Need to change into a energy and conditioning coach, private coach, train physiologist or athletic coach?

Health-related careers, equivalent to these, are in excessive demand, in keeping with George Panzak, an affiliate professor at Briar Cliff College, who additionally chairs the Sioux Metropolis faculty’s kinesiology division. 

“There is a large demand now for individuals,” he mentioned. “There’s lots of analysis happening with bodily health and serving to with most cancers and continual illness and in addition with optimistic high quality of life points and stopping coronary heart illness, diabetes and decreasing weight problems.” 

Panzak mentioned college students on this area have lots of choices at Briar Cliff in relation to selecting a serious. He mentioned it is unusual for a smaller faculty like Briar Cliff to have a kinesiology division. Kinesiology is the scientific examine of human physique motion. Kinesiology has 5 main disciplines — train physiology, biomechanics, neurophysiology, motor studying, motor management and motor improvement, in keeping with Panzak.

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College students taken with kinesiology may pursue a level in human efficiency, beforehand kinesiology & human efficiency, or train physiology.

A human efficiency main may work within the wellness, private coaching, teaching, or energy and conditioning fields, or search a grasp’s diploma in teaching, energy and conditioning, or well being promotion. An train physiology main may enter BCU’s physician of bodily remedy program. Panzak mentioned an train physiology main may additionally pursue a profession in occupational remedy, go on to get a doctorate diploma in kinesiology or train physiology, or go to medical, osteopathic or dental faculty.

“In the event that they need to do scientific work, they will do cardiac rehab, change into scientific train physiologists,” he mentioned. “The human efficiency main allows college students to enter these very fashionable profession tracks.”

Panzak mentioned the important thing distinction between the 2 majors is that human efficiency requires no less than one semester of biology and chemistry and, maybe, physics, whereas train physiology has two semesters every of biology, chemistry and physics. He famous that the curriculum at Briar Cliff is “adaptable” to match college students’ pursuits and that college students can spend time with knowledgeable of their profession area or selection in throughout an off-campus internship. 

“I base our division and our profession tracks and majors to attempt to meet any variation of scholars coming in,” mentioned Panzak, who mentioned nearly all of college students who pursue these majors are student-athletes. “No matter their pursuits are, I attempt to help their pursuits.” 

Taking arithmetic courses, together with algebra, in addition to anatomy, physiology and biology in highschool, Panzak mentioned, will present college students with a “good basis” for the human efficiency and train physiology majors. 

Though there is no such thing as a license course of to change into a private coach, a energy and conditioning coach or scientific train physiologist, Panzak mentioned there are robust certifications. He mentioned Briar Cliff is aligned with the Nationwide Energy and Conditioning Affiliation and American Faculty of Sports activities Medication.

Philosophically, Panzak mentioned there is no distinction between prescribing train and prescribing drugs. These professionals prescribing train should concentrate on their purchasers’ co-morbidities, equivalent to diabetes and coronary heart failure, and search to do no hurt. 

“Should you look into scientific literature, far and above surgical procedure and drugs, appropriately prescribed train, arms down, is the No. 1 therapy,” he mentioned. 

Subsequent fall, Panzak mentioned college students will as soon as once more have the choice of majoring in well being and bodily training. He mentioned that main is coming again due to a joint effort between Briar Cliff’s training and kinesiology departments. 

“I actually really feel they’re value their weight in gold,” Panzak mentioned of bodily training academics. “They work with children at a really younger age — motion, health. The entire thought there’s to undertake bodily exercise as a everlasting life-style exercise.”