Certificate in Sports Performance

For more than 100 years, Cleveland University-Kansas City has been educating and developing leaders in health promotion. Our newest program in the College of Health Sciences furthers this mission by offering students in-depth knowledge of the sports performance field.

If you are a current student in our Doctor of Chiropractic program, are a practicing doctor of chiropractic, or you have a degree in exercise science, kinesiology, or one that focuses on areas in the health and fitness, you should consider moving to the next level with a certificate in sports performance. 

Expand Your Career Options with a Graduate Certificate in Sports Performance 

A graduate Certificate in Sports Performance (CSP) from Cleveland University-Kansas City (CUKC) prepares you with the education and experience you need to serve a rapidly growing population of active youth and adults. 

Our program focuses on science, functional analysis, and evidence-based exercise programming for performance, injury prevention, and overall health and fitness. It is designed primarily for those in health, fitness, exercise sciences, and sports fields, who rely on their knowledge of the human body and its capabilities to achieve the best results for their clients and patients. 

This includes doctors of chiropractic and chiropractic students who wish to connect chiropractic and sports science to offer clients a well-rounded and evidence-based approach to health and fitness. When paired with a chiropractic education, a graduate certificate in sports performance can better equip healthcare professionals to cater to athletes and fitness enthusiasts, broadening their patient base.  

Benefits Of The Graduate Certificate In Sports Performance

  • All classes are online
  • Three opportunities to begin the program each year
  • Graduate certificate curriculum can be used as the first 12 credits of the M.S. in Exercise Physiology and Sports Performance degree if completed successfully

Our program offers a well-rounded education in sports performance, complementing the core doctor of chiropractic training. Here are just some of the potential benefits. 

  • Specialized expertise: The certificate program equips you with in-depth knowledge and skills in sports performance, allowing you to differentiate yourself in the chiropractic, exercise science, or other healthcare professions. This additional expertise could also open doors to opportunities with sports teams, fitness centers, rehabilitation clinics, and performance enhancement centers. 
  • Higher earning potential: For current chiropractic students, the specialized knowledge gained in the certificate program can increase job opportunities and potentially lead to higher salaries. If you are a current doctor of chiropractic, training in our sports certificate program can help you diversify your offerings and potentially earn more business. 
  • Promotion prospects: Our graduate certificate can position you for promotion within your current organization, as you demonstrate your commitment to professional growth and expanded capabilities. 
  • Networking: Engaging with our faculty and your peers in the sports performance program can result in networking connections with professionals in the sports performance marketplace. These connections can set up mentorship and employment opportunities, plus opportunities for future collaboration. 

Focus on Results, Recovery, and Specialized Care

A graduate Certificate in Sports Performance offers doctors of chiropractic training that can help clients optimize performance and recover faster from injury. Offering knowledge-based treatment with a focus on enhancing performance and recovery, can set you apart from the competition. 

  • Provide specialized treatments or services to fitness enthusiasts and athletes at all levels. 
  • By offering specialized care, you will appeal to a broader clientele, which could lead to practice expansion. 
  • Becoming a trusted source for sports performance-related issues could lead to referrals from clients. 

Career options in sports performance

Our sports performance graduate certificate is right for you if you are passionate about sports, health, fitness, or wellness. You want to pursue knowledge in the health and wellness field because you want to offer the best to your clients. 

A graduate Certificate in Sports Performance could help you launch a career as an exercise or training program director or educator. You may spend a large part of your time in the community as a consultant, managing evaluation events, giving presentations, and collecting data leading to performance improvement techniques. 

The future of health and wellness in sports performance 

The future for healthcare professionals with education and expertise in sports performance is bright.  

Explore Courses for the Sports Performance Program 

Our sports performance graduate certificate curriculum is designed to educate you on: 

  • Assessing functional movement patterns 
  • Designing safe and effective programs to correct or improve functional movements 
  • Applying evidence-based principles for programming for performance, fitness, injury prevention, and overall health. 
  • Educating clients on proper exercise and lifestyle techniques  

Admission Requirements for Sports Performance Graduate Certificate 

Our graduate certificate in sports performance is a 12-credit hour program offered online in 8-week modules, with three opportunities to start every year. 

Applicants are required to meet the application requirements for the M.S. in Exercise Physiology and Sports Performance degree program. Complete an application, have a B.S. degree in a related field from an accredited institution and a 3.0 GPA, and include a professional statement, including your interest and goals. 

Current chiropractic students may apply after successful completion of the first three trimesters of the CUKC D.C. program or equivalent coursework from another Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE)-accredited program. 

Get Started on Your Sports Performance Graduate Certificate 

Ready to expand your career options and expertise? You will learn from faculty with experience in the field in a completely online environment. Financial aid is available. 

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