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Otterbein Health and Sport Science Moves into $1 Million Renovated Facility

October 02, 2015
Otterbein University

The new center is a game-changer for almost 300 students in five majors

Otterbein University’s Department of Health and Sport Sciences recently moved into a new facility—a former residence hall that recently underwent a $1 million renovation. The Center of Health and Sport Sciences celebrated its opening with an open house during Otterbein’s Homecoming celebration on Saturday, Sept. 26.

Otterbein University Center of Health and Sport Sciences Otterbein University Center of Health and Sport Sciences

The Center became necessary as the Department of Health and Sport Sciences outgrew the space it shared with Otterbein Athletics.

The department has become one of the fastest growing programs on campus as market demand for many of the majors it offers is increasing. Almost 300 students are enrolled in one of the five majors the department offers, with 111 in allied health, 58 in athletic training, eight in health education with public health concentration, 45 in health promotion and fitness and 75 in sport management. Students may also minor in nutrition.

Opportunities in these fields are growing with the job outlook for physical therapists, health educators and community health workers, and occupational therapists growing at a rate much faster than average, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Job demand for athletic trainers and exercise physiologists, speech therapists, strength and conditioning coaches, and chiropractors are growing at a rate faster than average.

The academic and administrative space for programs features state-of-the-art equipment, two classrooms, a computer lab, a research lab, a lounge, a reception area and faculty offices.

The classrooms and teaching lab provide enhanced educational opportunities such as hands-on instruction and practice in a one-on-one or a one-on-two situation. A Human Performance Lab not only allows students and faculty to engage in specific research projects, but will also lend opportunities to conduct research and activities in the immediate community.   Included in this area are gait analysis equipment, exercise- and fitness-based testing equipment, including VO2 Max measurement tools and current fitness assessment devices. 

The lounge area encourages and facilitates discussion and learning among students, faculty and staff. A mini-kitchen is also available to accommodate the busy schedules of both traditional and commuter students.

For more information about Health and Sport Sciences at Otterbein, call 614.823.3528, email aharting@otterbein.edu or visit www.otterbein.edu/hss. View photos of the new Center of Health and Sport Sciences at www.flickr.com/photos/otterbein/albums/.

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