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Exercise science can lead to influential jobs

By Logan A. White
Times-News correspondent 


An exercise science major can lead you to a number of influential careers. [Logan A. White / Times-News correspondent

EDITOR’S NOTE:Teens & 20s writer Logan A. White discusses college majors and applicable career choices in this monthly column.

Exercise science is an often overlooked course of study that has become increasingly important in the age of athletic entertainment. Behind every athlete, there’s a team of specialists keeping their bodies running smoothly — and these scientists extend their services to more than the sports stars. From personal trainers to massage therapists, the science of how humans move is a necessary part of our daily lives.

Exercise science can lead to three influential jobs:
1. Ergonomist — In this industrial age, we all type on a keyboard, drive to a destination and enjoy music using earbuds. If you ever wonder why these necessities are so comfortable to use, ergonomics is to thank. From backpacks that lessen their load to chairs for long-distance space missions, many different careers and fields are open for an ergonomist to explore. In the United States, these scientists are required to have a master’s degree in ergonomics or a related field, along with three years of professional experience, before they can undergo certification, according to
 2. Prosthetist — Amputation may seem like a procedure of the 1800s, but according to, more than 2 million amputees are currently living in the U.S. Prosthetics can help give those who are missing limbs some semblance of normalcy in their day-to-day lives — and that’s where prosthetists come in. Due to the highly specialized nature of this field, exercise scientists who become prosthetists must first obtain a master’s degree in prosthetics and orthotics, followed by a yearlong residency. But the reward is definitely worth the wait, because prosthetists have the chance to change lives, one limb at a time.
   3. Sports Scout — If you were a student athlete, whether in high school or college, you don’t have to sacrifice your love of sports for school. Scouts are one of the most crucial positions on a professional team — they discover new talent and enjoy the game that they grew to love. Scouts can begin their career with just a bachelor’s degree and a decent amount of experience, according to There’s no better way to give back to your favorite pastime than helping up-and-coming athletes find their footing in the world of professional sports. Plus, they get to pursue a lifelong passion through others.
If you think exercise science might be the career for you, don’t hesitate to pursue your interests. This major can take you from developing a mission to Mars to helping America’s veterans to spotting new stars of sports.

Logan A. White is a Teens & 20s writer and a home-schooled high school graduate.

Things To Do (week of July 22, 2019)


• Steve Owens and the Summer Time: 7 p.m. Thursday at 104 E. Elm St., Graham, as part of the Thursday At 7 concert series. Free. 336-513-5510 or visit the Graham Recreation and Parks Department’s Facebook page.
• Time Sawyer: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday at the Jimmy Combs Amphitheater at Burlington City Park, 1388 S. Main St., Burlington, as part of the Musical Chairs countywide concert series. Free. In case of rain, the concert will be canceled. For more details, call 336-226-4495 or visit
• “Coco”: 8:30 p.m. Friday, Beth Schmidt Park, 2150 Elon Park Drive, Elon, as part of the 2019 Summer Movies In Your Big Backyard movie series. Free. For more details, visit the Elon Rec & Parks Scene on Facebook.

‘Frog and Toad’ an impressive production

By Sydney Fischer
Special to the Times-News


Debbi Monahan, left, and Laura Chriscoe, right, star in Studio 1's "A Year with Frog and Toad." [Tami Kress / Special to the Times-News

Studio 1′s “A Year with Frog and Toad” is a musical adaptation of Arnold Lobel’s “Frog and Toad” books.
It features performers ages 8 to 10, who only had two weeks to learn their lines and choreography as part of a summer camp.
Frog (Madelyn Brinn) and Toad (Jack Mullen) encounter birds, moles, lizards, mice, turtles and squirrels during their travels.
Though Frog and Toad are the main characters, all of the animals get a chance to shine. Any show would not be possible without a supportive ensemble, and though these kids are young, they offer great support to their leads. Everyone in the show has a place, a spot and a purpose, which is such a wonderful theater lesson to learn.
Friendship, loyalty and forgiveness are all themes in this production. Not only do the cast members get to learn about the process of putting on a show, but their unique characters teach the importance of friendship.
Audiences will definitely adore this show. While the sweet voices of the young campers are sure to generate smiles, their vocals are also impressively strong. Even the choreography and dancing is fun for the kids to perform and audiences to watch.
Some standout performances include Jack Mullen (Toad); Madelyn Brinn (Frog); and Nora Fisher (Mouse).
It is an amazing display of talent and storytelling.
NOTE: This show is suitable for all ages.

Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. July 19-20, 2019 and 2 p.m. July 20-21 in the Sara McMillan Brown Theatre at Studio 1, Holly Hill Mall and Business Center, 309 Huffman Mill Rd., Burlington. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at For more details, call 336-534-0321.

Sydney Fischer is a rising junior at Eastern Alamance High School.

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