Stephen F. Austin State University

Fitness and Human Performance

Fitness & Human Performance

About Us

Increases in public awareness of the importance of overall health, physical activity, and exercise has led to intensive growth in the public and private sectors of health and fitness clubs (primary and secondary intervention), as well as clinical settings often housed within hospitals (secondary and tertiary intervention). In response to this growth, the FHP degree is designed to prepare students to meet the increased demands for professionally certified individuals.

Fitness & Human Performance Studies

Fitness & Human Performance | SFAThe Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Fitness & Human Performance prepares students for future specialized training and careers in clinical medicine, research, rehabilitation, therapy, fitness, athletic strength/conditioning, and other allied-health areas. The FHP studies program provides a rigorous, scientific-based curriculum, and hands-on clinical and field experience to provide students with an understanding of various career demands and possibilities.

Degree Plan

Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities (from American College of Sports Medicine)

Fitness & Human Performance Minor

A FHP minor is available (18 total hours; 9 hours must be in-residence):


KIN 100
Physical Fitness Concepts

KIN 431
Organization and Administration of Activity Programs
KIN 120
Foundations of Kinesiology
KIN 450
Personal Training Certification
KIN 330
Measurement & Evaluation
KIN 451
Fitness Appraisal & Exercise Prescription
KIN 340
Foundations of Personal Fitness
KIN 463
Fundamentals of Strength & Conditioning
KIN 353
Physiology of Exercise
KIN 467
Exercise Testing (Field & Clinical)
KIN 357
Prevention & Care of Injuries
KIN 468
Exercise Psychology
KIN 417
Analysis of Movement
HSC 475
Nutrition for an Active Lifestyle

Human Performance Lab | Performance for Body, Mind & Life

FHP students are able to get hands-on clinical and field experience through the Human Performance Lab (HPL).

Human Performance Lab

The HPL is a fully-equipped, state-of-the-art research, teaching and training facility, specifically designed to measure standardized and innovative physiological and psychological determinants, responses, and performance across numerous interests, including:

In addition, the HPL includes psychological and physiologcial aspects of exercise testing and measurement, as it applies to client screening, prescription and behavior change.

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National Certifications and Associations

American College of Sports Medicine
The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) is the leader among certifying organizations offering several certifications within specialized areas of clinical and fitness settings. Fitness and Human Performance Studies is designed to prepare students for the highly sought after Health and Fitness Specialist Certification from ACSM.
National Academy of Sports Medicine

The National Academy of Sports Medicine (NSCA) is a recognized leader in delivering scientific, peer-reviewed research and certifications about strength and conditioning. In coordination with the NSCA, we offer a Fundamentals of Strength and Conditioning course (KIN 463).

National Council on Strength & Fitness

The National Council on Strength & Fitness (NCSF) serves as a governing authority over the personal trainer certification program and regulatory standards, while also providing professional advocacy, legislative activity and collaboration with organizations and universities to disseminate valid, evidence-based information. In coordination with the NCSF, we offer a personal training course (KIN 450), which culminates with sitting for the Certified Personal Trainer exam.

FHP Faculty

Berthot, Patricia, M.Ed.
Berthot, Patricia, M.Ed. - Lecturer Educational Background: Mrs. Berthot received both her B.S. in Physical Education and her M.Ed. in Physical Education from Stephen F. Austin State University. Office: HPE 205 Phone: 936.468.1567
Mrs. Berthot spent 2 1/2 years at the High School level teaching Health and Physical Education classes and working as an Athletic Trainer. She then spent 13 years as an Athletic Trainer at Texas A & M. In 2004 Mrs. Berthot stepped into teaching higher education. Mrs. Berthot has a great interest in the field of Athletic Training and athletic injuries.
Faries, Mark D., Ph.D.
Faries, Mark D., Ph.D. - Assistant Professor Educational Background: Dr. Faries received his B.S. in Kinesiology from Texas A & M, M.S. in Exercise Physiology from Baylor University, and his Ph.D. in Behavior Health from the University of Texas at Austin. Research/Areas of Interest: Self-Regulation of Physical Activity, Dietary and Weight-Control Behavior; Lifestyle Medicine Office: Education Annex; Room 105 Phone: 936.468.1817
Gergley, Jeffrey, Ph.D.
Gergley, Jeffrey, Ph.D. - Associate Professor Educational Background: Dr. Gergley earned his B.S. in Business Finance from the University of Florida, M.A. in Physical Education from University of Central Florida, and his doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Central Florida. Research/Areas of Interest: Dr. Gergley's research interest include concurrent training for personal fitness and performance, warm-up & stretching and conditioning, and skilled protocols. Office: HPE Room 211 Phone: 936.468.1614
Goodman, David, M.Ed.
Goodman, David, M.Ed. - Lecturer, Kinesiology Program Coordinator Educational Background: Mr. Goodman received his B.S. in Physical Education from the University of Texas at Arlington. He received his M.S. in Health and Physical Education from Stephen F. Austin State University. Research/Areas of Interest: Training of Physical Education Educators. Office: HPE Room 228 B Phone: 936.468.1885
Mr. Goodman has taught Physical Education and Health for ten years in the public schools, worked seven years in Intramural Sports and Activities at Stephen F. Austin State University and coached at the collegiate level.
Jones, Eric, Ph.D.
Jones, Eric, Ph.D. - Associate Professor, Director, Human Performance Lab Educational Background: Dr. Jones earned his B.S. in Fitness and Sports Medicine from Southeast Missouri State University, and both his M.A. and Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology from the University of Alabama. Research/Areas of Interest: Environmental Stress, Thermoregulation, Hydration, Muscle Recovery Office: Education Annex Room 107 Phone: 936.468.1864
Rowe, James, M.S.
Rowe, James, M.S. - Instructor Educational Background: Mr. Rowe received his B.S. in Kinesiology from Angelo State University and his M.S. in Exercise Physiology from Texas Christian University. He is currently completing his doctorate in Exercise Physiology from Texas Woman's University. Research/Areas of Interest: Mr. Rowe's research interests include the influence of diet and exercise risk factors for metabolic diseases such as heart disease and diabetics. Office: HPE room 210 Phone: 936.468.1755
James Rowe worked in the public schools as a biology teacher for one year prior to starting his M.S. degree. He has also worked in the rehabiliation field as a physical therapy technician for three years while working on his M.S. degree.
Sinclair, Christina Ph.D.
Sinclair, Christina Ph.D. - Assistant Professor Educational Background: Dr. Sinclair received her B.S. in Kinesiology from the University of Texas at San Antonio, M.Ed. from Sul Ross State University in Administration and her Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico in Physical Education Curriculum and Instruction. Research/Areas of Interest: Dr. Sinclair's research interests include children's recess physical activity and teacher education, teacher preparation and teacher professional development. Office: HPE Room 221 Phone: 936.468.1721
Dr. Sinclair has 21 years of experience as a physical educator and a teacher educator.
Whitehead, Todd, Ph.D.
Whitehead, Todd, Ph.D. - Assistant Professor Educational Background: Dr. Whitehead received his B.S. in Exercise Science, M.S. in Exercise Physiology and Ph.D. in Applied Physiology. All three degrees were completed at the University of Southern Mississippi. Research/Areas of Interest: Erogogenic Supplements, Novel Training Techniques Office: HPE Room 216 Phone: 936.468.1462
Dr. Whitehead has 9 years teaching experience in higher education and includes Bachelor, Master and Doctoral levels.