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Dr. Claire Watson

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Claire Watson, department chair
(716) 375-2163

What Can I Do With This Major?


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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Beardsley, Michael

Titles/Responsibilities Lecturer
Academic School
School of Education
Academic Department Physical Education
Contact Information Office phone: (716) 375 -2233
Office Location Butler Gym, 1C
Courses Taught
  • PHED 107. Health-related Fitness and Health Promotion
  • PHED 312. Bio-Kinesiology
  • PHED 413B. Directed Study – Internship
Academic Degrees
  • ABD, Exercise Science, University at Buffalo, SUNY
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University at Buffalo, SUNY, 2004
  • B.S., Sports Medicine, Canisius College, 2003
Personal Interests/Community Involvement
Other Education
  • Athletic Trainer Certified (ATC), National Athletic Trainers Association
  • NYS Licensed Athletic Trainer
  • CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer, American Red Cross
  • Responding to Emergencies, American Red Cross
  • CITI certification
Professional Background Houghton College, 2006 – 2012, Assistant Athletic Trainer/Instructor
Teaching Philosophy
Current Research Interests/Projects

Role of the subtalar joint on orthotics used for the treatment of medial knee osteoarthritis
Doctoral Dissertation Project

  • Utilize 3D motion capture techniques
  • Employ Modified Helen Hayes and Oxford Foot Models
  • Approved by IRB
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