Exercise, Sport and Health Education 391

ESHE 391: Exercise Science

Prerequisite: BIOL 310 or BIOL 322; minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA

Credit Hours: (4)

Provides an understanding of the biomechanical and physiological Aspects of physical activity. The course includes study of the immediate and long term effect of physical training and sport performance. Students will be expected to analyze human motion from a mechanical perspective as well as describe the muscular and metabolic functioning of various systems. Students are expected to be able to apply principles of their area of study.


Detailed Description of Content of Course

This course is designed to provide an understanding of the physiology of exercise and its importance for humans engaging in physical activity. The specific physiological systems studies include both long-term and short-term effects of exercise on all human body systems. Practical laboratory activities are designed to show the student related Knowledge and enable them to develop the skill to perform physiological assessment. Once the physiology of exercise is understood students Begin to learn to thoughtfully apply this knowledge to physical fitness, athletics and physical activity in general. The course is designed to give the students the knowledge of the anatomical foundations of human motion, mechanics of skilled movement, and underlying principles of basic motor skills. The course includes a study of fundamental movement concepts, structure and function of joints, the muscular system and neuromuscular function as elated to movement.


Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

Various instructional methodologies will be used in this course. Lecture will be accompanied by use of the computer, overheads, and videos. Labs will employ use of exercise equipment, stethoscopes, and calipers, to evaluate physiological changes that occur during exercise. Group work with skeletons is encouraged.


Goals and Objectives of the Course

1. Demonstrate knowledge of the fundamental planes and axes.
2. Demonstrate knowledge of major joints and their movement.
3. Demonstrate knowledge of factors contributing to joint stability and range of motion (ROM).
4. Demonstrate ability to measure a joint’s range of motion and give examples of exercise to increase ROM.
5. Name major muscles at each major joint and describe their function.
6. Describe three types of muscle contraction and give examples during common exercises.
7. Name and describe three classes of levers in the body and give examples during common exercises.
8. Describe a chosen movement skill in terms of muscle use, leverage factors, and joint analysis.
9. Analyze several weight-training exercises for muscle actions and joint involvement.
10. Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental principles of exercise physiology as it is affected by physical activity.
11. Demonstrate understanding of basic body systems and how they respond to physical activity.
12. Develop the ability to thoughtfully apply the knowledge of exercise physiology to solve problems related to sport, fitness, or other movements.
13. To acquire the skills to obtain basic physiology of exercise data, and to demonstrate these through the successful completion of fundamental laboratory experiments.
14. To acquire an understanding of the importance of caring for all systems of the human body and how to use activity to maintain a healthy and fit body and/or train for sports.


Assessment Measures

Written exams, quizzes, and written assignments


Other Course Information



Review and Approval

Revised September, 2009

May, 2011