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Claire Watson, department chair
cwatson@sbu.edu
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What Can I Do With This Major?

SPORT STUDIES

The Bachelor of Science degree in sport studies is designed for students interested in careers in wellness and leisure industries, sports management, sports communication, sport sociology, allied health fields, sports psychology, rehabilitation, fitness and coaching.

This non-teaching major also positions graduates for admission to a range of graduate programs supporting practice and research in human performance and the allied health professions.

Study in human movement and exercise will provide sport studies majors with a comprehensive understanding of the physiological and psychosocial foundations of movement in exercise and sport.

The framework of the program offers students a unique movement-based experience. Students choose from among five cognate tracks:

  • Human Development and Learning
  • Sport Sociology
  • Human Movement Sciences
  • Sports Communications
  • Sports Management

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Watson, Claire E.

Titles/Responsibilities Department Chair
Assistant Professor
Academic School
School of Education
Academic Department Physical Education
Contact Information
Office Location Butler Gym, 1C
Courses Taught
  • CE/EDUC 500. Research Methods 
  • PHED 101. Foundations of Physical Education
  • PHED 107. Health-related Fitness and Health Promotion 
  • PHED 209. Motor Learning 
  • PHED 309. Nutrition   
  • PHED 312. Bio-Kinesiology 
  • PHED 314. Exercise Physiology 
  • PHED 399. Special Topics in Human Movement 
  • PHED 413B. Directed Study – Internship  
Academic Degrees
  • ABD, Public Health, Walden University, 2014
  • M.S., Public Health, Walden University, 2007
  • M.S., Exercise Science, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, 1998
  • B.A., Psychology, Geneseo State University, 1996
Personal Interests/Community Involvement

SBU

  • Faculty Advisor for Honors Project
  • Faculty Admissions Ambassador

Memberships 

  • American College of Sports Medicine
  • American Heart Association-Scientific Council on Nutrition, Physical Activity & Metabolism
  • American Public Health Association
  • National Association of Professional Women
Other Education

Certifications 

  • American College of Sports Medicine Clinical Exercise Specialist
  • American College of Sports Medicine Exercise is Medicine Credential
  • Basic Life Support for the Healthcare Provider
  • NESTA Sport Yoga Instructor
Professional Background
  • St. Bonaventure University, Assistant Professor,  2013-present
  • St. Bonaventure University, Department Chair, 2013-Present
  • St. Bonaventure University, Lecturer, 2009-2013
  • Jamestown Community College, Adjunct Professor, 2009-Present
  • Kizzy Lish Designs, Owner & Consultant, 2008-Present
  • St. Bonaventure University, Adjunct Professor, 2003-2008 
  • Desert Southwest Fitness Inc, Course Reviewer, 2002-Present
  • C&K Preventive Health, Partner/Exercise Physiologist, 2002-2008
  • INTERxVENTUSA, Cardiac Rehabilitation Coordinator. 2000-2002
  • Cardiovascular Fitness Associates, Clinical Exercise Physiologist, 1998-2000
Accomplishments

National Presentations 

  • Watson, CE, Salmon, RD, Arabatzis, K, English, CD, Mitchell, BS, Faircloth, CG et al. (2002). Clinical Effectiveness of a comprehensive cardiovascular risk reduction program: On-site versus Telephone/Internet delivery. National Conference-American College of Sports Medicine, St. Louis, MO.
  • Bonzheim, K, Watson, C, Franklin, B, Sperling, L, Badenhop, D, Digenio, A, et al. (2001). Need for continued cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk reduction intervention after completion of a contemporary phase 2 cardiac rehabilitation program. National Conference-AACVPR, Minneapolis, MN.
  • Watson, CE, Rundell, KW, Szmedra, L. (1999). Pulmonary function and ventilatory threshold in individuals with ischemic heart disease following short-term training. National Conference-American College of Sports Medicine, Seattle, WA.
  • Watson, CE, Rundell, & Szmedra, L. (1998). Pulmonary function and ventilatory threshold in individuals with ischemic heart disease following short-term training. Mid-Atlantic Conference-American College of Sports Medicine, Hidden Valley, PA.
  • Watson, CE, Szmedra, L, Rundell, KW, McConnell, TR. (1998). The effects of short-term training on oxygen consumption and anaerobic threshold in individuals with ischemic heart disease. National Conference-American College of Sports Medicine, Orlando, FL.
  • Watson, CE, Szmedra, L, & McConnell, TR. (1997). The effects of short-term training on oxygen consumption and anaerobic threshold in individuals with ischemic heart disease. Mid-Atlantic Conference-American College of Sports Medicine, Penn State University, University Park, PA.
  • Baranoski, H., Yochim, S, Watson, C, Im, J, Felix, G, & Szmedra, L. (1997). Effects of music on exercise tolerance, mood and anxiety during cardiac rehabilitation. Mid-Atlantic Conference-American College of Sports Medicine, Penn State University, University Park, PA.

 Published Abstracts    

  • Watson, CE, Rundell, & Szmedra, L. (1998). Pulmonary function and ventilatory threshold in individuals with ischemic heart disease following short-term training. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 31(5).
  • Bashore, JA, Watson, CE, & Szmedra, L. (1998). The effects of Tai Chi, treadmill walking, and reading on indices of stress. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 31(5).
  • Watson, CE, Szmedra, L, Rundell, KW, & McConnell, TR. (1998). The effects of short-term training on oxygen consumption and anaerobic threshold in individuals with ischemic heart disease.  Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 30(5).
  • Felix, GD, Rundell, KW, Im, J, Nioka, S, Watson, CE, & Szmedra, L. (1998). Blood volume and HB/MB desaturation in the vastus lateralis of volleyball players following training. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 30(5).
  • Bickhart, H, Szmedra, L, Simon, J, & Watson, C. (1997). Resistance training and activities of daily living in older adults.  Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 29(5).
Teaching Philosophy
Current Research Interests/Projects
  • The Influence of Self-Perception, Gender, and Grade Level on Nutrition and Physical Activity in Children in Rural Environments 
  • Maximal oxygen consumption of Division I Cross-Country Runners
  • Food Preferences, body composition and VO2max of Division I athletes
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