The SMART Laboratories are three state-of-the art facilities where faculty and students from the Exercise, Fitness, and Health Promotion (EFHP), Athletic Training Education (ATEP), and Kinesiology (KINE) Programs conduct evidence-based research in the areas of injury prevention, lower extremity neuromechanical assessment, traumatic brain injury (TBI) concussions, youth sport, and sports performance.

Getting Fit By Degrees: Mason's Exercise Science Program Expands

The expanding fitness community has prompted George Mason University to offer two new degrees.

“People find CrossFit and enjoy it,” says Jatin Ambegaonkar, associate professor and operations director of George Mason’s Sports Medicine Assessment, Research, and Testing (SMART) Laboratory. “Then they want more education about fitness. We had to turn away potential students because we didn’t have a program for them. We saw a need, and the profession is growing.”

Potential students can be anyone from personal trainers to gym owners to those who want to study fitness. As with any exercise class, there’s more than one level—Mason is offering degrees tailored to both beginners and the more advanced.


George Mason Professors Pioneer New Way to Study Concussions

The third floor of Bull Run Hall on George Mason University's Science and Technology Campus plays host to plenty of mind-bending science projects - laser capture microdissection, protein electronics and high-resolution mass spectrometry are just a few of the technologies awaiting professors and students in the laboratory.

Yet the most complex and potentially influential findings to emerge from the school's College of Science might come down to this: a kid spitting in a cup after football practice.


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