Exercise, Sport and Health Education 116

ESHE 116: Track and Field

Credit Hours: (1) Two contact hours per week. 15-week and 7.5-week courses are offered. 7.5-week courses may be blocked together for 2 credit hours.

Practice and study of sport and physical activity skills.


Detailed Description of Content of Course

1. Terminology
2. Olympic games
3. Rules for the events
4. Sprinting form vs. long
5. Starts
6. Hurdling
7. Baton exchange
8. High jumping
9. Long jump
10. Javelin throw
11. Discus throw
12. Shot put
13. Relays
14. Tactics and strategy
15. Production and application of force
16. Conditioning
17. Safety factors


Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

The class will be taught as follows:

  • Lecture
  • Demonstration and Film Loops
  • Drill
  • Application to race situations or field situations
  • Competition


Goals and Objectives of the Course

1. A student should be able to demonstrate correct forms and techniques in the various events.
2. A student should understand the production of force for all events.
3. A student should understand the errors and corrections of these errors for all events.
4. A student should understand the rules of each event.
5. A student should be knowledgeable about the safety factors for the various events.
6. A student should be knowledgeable about the terminology and history of track and field.


Assessment Measures

A battery of skill tests and two written tests.


Other Course Information


Review and Approval
September 2002 Reviewed Jon Poole