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Exercise Science Students Help Soccer Players Realize Training Goals

Exercise science student Christian J. Mitchell, of Marcus Hook, gives instruction to soccer player Breanna N. Cline, of Reedsville.
Exercise science student Christian J. Mitchell, of Marcus Hook, gives instruction to soccer player Breanna N. Cline, of Reedsville.
Faculty member Judy Quinti teaches form to two players – Colleen E. Bowes, of Wayne, and Lauren S. Herr of Lititz – who were interested in learning more about lifting free weights.
Faculty member Judy Quinti teaches form to two players – Colleen E. Bowes, of Wayne, and Lauren S. Herr, of Lititz – who were interested in learning more about lifting free weights.

Students in exercise science are lending a hand to the Wildcat women’s soccer team as players prepare for the fall collegiate season. The students are conducting “10-rep max” testing – determining the highest weight the soccer players can lift for 10 repetitions. Using the information, Judy Quinti, assistant professor of exercise science, will develop a summer strength-training exercise program for each athlete. The idea came from an exercise science student who, for a class assignment, reviewed an article in the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s Strength and Conditioning Journal. Penn College’s exercise science major is an NSCA educationally recognized program. Because a section of the article addressed strength gains for soccer players, Quinti decided to forward it to the college’s men’s and women’s soccer coaches. Women’s soccer coach John McNichol responded, sending his players to the Bardo Gym to take advantage of the exercise science department’s expertise.