Through the School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation, you’ll be prepared to help shape the world of health and wellness. We offer majors in the fields of exercise science and sport studies, physical education and health education, and sport management and recreation.

Dean Tracey Matthews' Welcome

Greetings from the School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation! If your goal is a career in sport, wellness, physical education, nutrition, exercise science, athletic training or recreational activities, then School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation will prepare you to excel.

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Springfield College faculty and visiting Chinese instructors pose before the college sign
International Influence

During summer 2018, faculty members from the Springfield College School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation conducted intensive instruction to mid-level Chinese educators interested in sports performance and sports medicine. Visiting the campus from several different cities across China, these educators attended the Springfield College International Summer Program, which focuses on fitness, management, and leadership.

CEUs, CMEs, and PDPs will be offered

Join us for the inaugural Charles M. Tipton '52 Alumni College in Exercise Science

Friday, Oct. 12, 2018

Join us for an important and timely professional development conference on the topic of concussions, featuring Dr. Robert Cantu, a world-renowned expert on the subject. The daylong event will feature Dr. Cantu as keynote speaker; a panel discussion from the perspective of athletes, parents, coaches, and athletic trainers; and two concussion-related lectures by Springfield College authorities in the field. Alumnus Charles Tipton ’52, a well-respected researcher in exercise physiology, will introduce Dr. Cantu. A Q&A and a wine and cheese social will follow the lectures.

Charles M. Tipton '52 and Dr. Robert Cantu

Peter V. Karpovich Lecture

Physical Activity and Health: How Much Exercise is Enough?

I-Min Lee, MD, MPH, ScD, FACSM, professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and professor of epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, discussed the gaps in knowledge, current research, and how this research can inform the future direction of the guidelines during the 2017 Karpovich Lecture.

I-Min Lee, Harvard Professor and 2017 Karpovich Lecture Speaker

East Campus

Outdoor adventure programs have become one of today’s most valuable resources for team-building, managerial training, and goal-oriented growth. Despite being a large city, Springfield is home to an exceptional outdoor learning center, and some pretty great people, too! The East Campus Outdoor Learning Center supports the programs of Springfield College through purposefully designed experiential learning opportunities in an out-of-doors setting with educational, recreation, business, and therapeutic groups.

East Campus Canoe

American Kinesiology Association Membership

The School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation is a member of the American Kinesiology Association.

An advocate for kinesiology at the national and international levels, the American Kinesiology Association supports educational opportunities in the fields of exercise science and sport studies, health education and physical education, and sport management and recreation management.