263 NAIA Scholar-Athletes in a 10-Year Period.
The Bethel kinesiology major teaches students how to administer a functional movement screen that tests movement patterns, identifies areas of weakness and provides corrective exercises. Through hands-on learning, nutrition class students gain real-world experience planning meals for optimal performance for the track team, including breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Health/Physical education program emphasizes age-appropriate, hands-on learning experiences that promote practices for a healthy lifestyle with activities and sports that can be enjoyed at any age. Upon completion of this program you will be certified to teach both health and physical education in grades preschool - 12 in Indiana.
Career opportunities: community health instructor, outdoor education leader, physical education teacher
Exercise science majors have access to modern laboratories with scientific and technological equipment. Hands-on training includes measuring body composition, muscular strength and endurance flexibility, and cardiovascular endurance. Students can also work with athletic trainers for Bethel’s nationally recognized sports programs.
Career opportunities: physical therapist, biomechanics work, cardiac rehabilitation work, dietitian / sport dietitian, medical doctor, recreational therapist
The sport management major is designed for students who have an interest in the day-to-day operations of the sport industry. This interdisciplinary major includes coursework in accounting, communications, and management. Through practicums and internships, students have worked at such places as South Bend Cubs, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Newton Park.
Career opportunities: athletic administration / director, fitness director, health promotion director
Sports studies major prepares you to be a “generalist,” who has the skills to manage sports and recreation programs.
Career opportunities: coaching, strength and conditioning coach / director, therapeutic recreation work
“The science courses and labs definitely helped prepare me to attend graduate school in physical therapy. The fact that I had access to a cadaver lab as an undergraduate student was a great experience.”
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Tom Visker teaches Foundation of P.E., History & Philosophy of P.E., Motor Learning, Developmental Differences, Sport Psychology, and Evaluation in P.E.
He has degrees in physical education from Calvin College (B.A.) and Western Michigan University (M.A.). His P.E.D. in psychosocial dimensions of sport and exercise is from Indiana University.
Larry McClements teaches Sports and Recreation I & II, Athletic Training, and P.E. Methods. His B.S. and M.A. degrees in physical education are from Ball State University.
Tony Natali has been a Division I assistant at Bowling Green University and served at the University of Indianapolis, Franklin College and Marian College. Natali has been a part of coaching staffs that have been in the NIT, NCAA, NAIA and NCCAA national finals. He also Natali is a graduate of Purdue University.
Linda Sommers, ATC, is a 1995 graduate of Anderson University, earned her undergraduate degree in Athletic Training. Following her undergraduate work, she earned her graduate degree in education at Campbell University while serving as an athletic trainer for the Camels' athletics programs.
Sommers was the Head ATC and program director for several years at Indiana Wesleyan University. In 2005, she moved into the role of adult studies nursing recruiter at Bethel. Sommers is now responsible for providing coverage for men's and women's cross country, volleyball, men's basketball, and men's and women's track and field.