Kinesiology Department

Kinesiology is the study of human movement. Interesting careers within the field include working in the fitness industry (i.e., personal trainer or strength and conditioning specialist), working for a professional sports team as an athletic trainer, working as a coach, and conducting research in one of the subdisciplines.

The department offers four majors: Coaching, Exercise Science, Fitness Development, and Sport Studies. Our programs are designed to prepare you for a wide variety of professions related to physical activity and sport. They also serve as a stepping stone to professional training in an allied health profession (i.e., medicine, physical therapy, occupational therapy, chiropractic, etc.) or graduate work in exercise physiology, biomechanics, motor behavior, and sport and exercise psychology .

The Kinesiology Department at SUNY Cortland has a strong national reputation for quality and a long list of successful graduates. With the growing demand for health care personnel, a degree from this program prepares graduates for an exciting future in health and human services.


Cottone inducted into Athletic Trainers’ Hall of Fame

Sept. 14, 2020
The dean of the School of Professional Studies will be honored for his career achievements.

Female Force a force for empowerment

Febr. 25, 2020
New club supports wise and safe use of campus fitness equipment.

Panel to analyze issues faced by black athletes

Febr. 13, 2020
Kristine Newhall will lead a discussion regarding exploitation in sports. 

SUNY Cortland introduces master’s in athletic training

Nov. 18, 2019
The profession eventually will require an advanced degree for new certified athletic trainers.

Once homeless, non-trad overcomes the odds

Oct. 30, 2019
A member of the U.S. Army Reserve, Tucker is a fitness development major who balances commitments to family, work and school.


Athletics Trainers Club

The mission of the club is to initiate and promote an interest in the Athletic Training profession and to establish a professional code of ethics with regard to athletic training.

Meetings: Mondays, 7 p.m. via Webex. Contact President (Kaitlyn Petryszyn) for link.


Faculty supervisor: Sonya Comins

Dartfish Club

The Dartfish Club is a student run organization that promotes the learning and use of Dartfish video capture/analysis software. Students learn to become experts in the use of Dartfish and use their skills to work on projects ranging from local college athletics to working with Olympic athletes and emerging  technology companies like Vulcan Vision. No prior experience with Dartfish software is necessary to join our club.

 Meetings Spring 2019: Mondays, 6 p.m. room 1145 Professional Studies Building


Faculty Supervisor: Jeff Bauer

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