Course content includes an introduction to health and fitness, body structure and movement, muscular strength/endurance and flexibility, posture, anthropometry and somatotyping, body composition, nutrition, energy metabolism, fat (weight) control, cardiorespiratory function, stress, health-related fitness regimes, and sport and recreational activities for health and fitness. Students participate in laboratory sessions where they are measured and tested to determine body type, percent body fat (e.g. instructor will take skinfold measures at selected body sites), strength/endurance, flexibility, aerobic ability, and cardiorespiratory function. In addition to laboratories on these topics, there are assignments related to posture (students will be photographed in their bathing suits standing behind a posture grid), nutrition, stress, cardiovascular risk, and life-style assessments. Scientific methodologies utilized in the study of the human body will be reviewed and employed in required laboratories and assignments. Every year.
To review and apply scientific methodologies to the study of the human body.
To detail the meaning and importance of physical fitness.
To assist the student in the acquisition of basic knowledge related to health, wellness, and fitness.
To develop an understanding of the advantages and disadvantages inherent in various exercise programs.
To develop an appreciation of the advantages of a healthy lifestyle and being physically fit.
III. Required Text:
Martin, Thomas P. Your Body: Your Health and Fitness. Manuscript form, 2003.
Test 1 20%
Test 2 20%
Test 3 20%
Test 4 (Final) 20%
Lab 5: Anthropometry and Somatotyping 10%
Lab 10.1 Bike Test & 10.2 Cooper's 12 min.Run 10%
Physical performance and effort will be rated by the instructor. It is assumed that each individual will perform up to his/her ability. If it is judged that this is not the case, points will be subtracted from the student's final class average at the discretion of the instructor.
V. Extra Credit: Laboratories and Assignments:
You may earn from 0-1 point extra credit on each selected Laboratory or Assignment. These points will be added to your final class average. For maximum credit the following MUST BE true:
Typed, stapled, and submitted on time (before start of class)
Data and calculations correct
Done correctly, all questions answered completely with thorough explanations. Use detail, good explanations, data, outside references, etc.
A minimum of one paragraph should be used to answer each question.
Laboratory 3.1 Muscular Strength/Endurance and Flexibility
Laboratory 4.1 Posture
Assignment 5.1 Rating Temperament and Somatotype
Assignment 5.2 Sheldon Chapter Review (question 5)
Assignment 6.1 Body Composition
Assignment 7.3 Weight Management/Exercise Program - Weekly Score Sheet
Assignment 8.1 Energy Metabolism
Assignment 9.1 Daily/Weekly Time Distribution
Laboratory 10.3 Pulmonary Function and Blood Pressure
VI. Important Information:
Instructor: Grading Scale:
Thomas P. Martin, Ph.D., FACSM A+ >96
Room 306 HPERC A 90-95
327-6470 A- 88-89
firstname.lastname@example.org B+ 86-87
Office Hours by Appointment B 80-85
Web Page: www.wittenberg.edu/~tmartin B- 78-79
Course fee: $25 to be paid to the HFS secretary for required text.
Attendance is expected, will be taken, and considered in the final course evaluation. Each unexcused absence from a laboratory/activity session will result in 1 point taken off final class average. It is your responsibility to show instructor evidence for an excused absence(s).
Examinations must be taken at scheduled times. Make ups will not be given unless student can substantiate (e.g. evidence before examination) valid reason. A missed examination without prior knowledge of instructor will receive an automatic 0.
Students 35 years of age or older must obtain their physician's approval to participate in strenuous physical activity.
VII. Selected Internet Links
American College of Sports Medicine - http://www.acsm.org
Mayo Clinic - http://www.mayoclinic.com
The President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports - http://www.fitness.gov
All Health - http://www.allhealth.com