Exercise Physiology

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Exercise Physiology
Science Course
Course CodeEPHY
Years Of Operation1998-2001
Sites OfferedBTH, CHS, FRD
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Course Description

From the CTY Course Catalog (1999):

Athletics are an integral part of our culture, ranging from backyard contests to world-class competitions. Regardless of the competitive level, the human body adapts to meet the challenges of any athletic activity, whether it is throwing or catching a ball, performing a routine on the balance beam, or simply running around the track. Along with the physical stress of these activities come injuries.

This course exposes students to the growing field of exercise physiology and sports medicine. How is it possible for athletes to return quickly to competition after suffering potentially career- ending injuries? Why are women more prone to severe knee injuries? Students answer these and other questions by studying the anatomical structure and function of the body's bones, muscles, cardiovascular system, and respiratory system. Students explore trends in rehabilitation and surgery for common injuries in a variety of sports and innovative methods to prevent these injuries. This course includes lab work to explore such topics as muscle function (involving frog dissection), aerobic and anaerobic threshold, and electrolyte balance. Students also take blood pressure and evaluate electrocardiogram (EKG) measurements, as well as participate in field trips to sports medicine or physical therapy clinics.