Cumberland University


CU students perform fitness testing with Nashville Predators


For the past several years CU Health and Human Performance students have perform fitness testing with the Nashville Predators Professional Hockey Team.  David Good, Head Strength & Conditioning Coach for the Nashville Predators, oversees the testing during the team's development camp and pre-season training. The fitness testing is critically evaluated by the coaching staff in order to inform decisions on player selection. 

Cumberland University's Health and Human Performance program offers a variety of learning experiences both on and off campus that gives students unique perspectives on sport and fitness management. The Sport Management programs are the only programs in Middle Tennessee that are recognized by the North American Society for Sport Management. The program is designed to provide advanced preparation for certifications with both the National Strength & Conditioning Association and the American College of Sport Medicine.

CU has over 500 athletes in 16 sports, providing athletic training students with an exceptional variety of clinical experiences in a small school atmosphere. There are three separate athletic training rooms at two campus sites.

CU's McFarland campus houses exceptional (Human Performance and Performance Psychology) laboratories for use by undergraduate and graduate students. The size of our student population allows for enhanced access to laboratories for experiential learning.

The Human Performance Lab houses features a state of the art Cosmed CPET Metabolic System for determination of VO2 Max and various other metabolic parameters, a Monarch PEAK Bike specifically designed for the Wingate Power Test, and a Dartfish Video Analysis system. The lab also has various other capabilities for determining anaerobic power, flexibility, strength indices, body composition, and blood lactate analysis.

Faculty members hold certifications from the National Strength and Conditioning Association and the American College of Sports Medicine. In addition, our faculty members are not just academics; They are former and current practitioners who bring a wealth of diverse experience from the real world into the classroom.

CU students have obtained volunteer and internship experiences with the Nashville Predators and Tennessee Titans.