ESSS 273 Health and Fitness (4)
This course is designed to introduce foundational concepts of exercise and fitness, particularly the role of exercise in promoting health and human performance in men and women. Students will learn about the biological and psychosocial dimensions of gender and how these dimensions influence exercise behavior, physiological performance, risk of injury, and disease prevention/management over the lifespan. Issues of race, class, ethnicity, and sexuality will also be discussed in relation to course concepts. The course will have a strong science component including anatomy, bioenergetics, biomechanics, and physiological adaptations to exercise. Students will apply course concepts in designing individualized exercise programs. In the laboratory portion of the course, students are provided the opportunity to assess their own fitness status using health screening and risk appraisal tools, traditional field tests to assess physiological abilities, and common methods to assess body composition. Students will use analytical thinking to make judgments regarding test results. Prerequisites: ESSS 258 or BIOL 214 or BIOL 325 & 326. Spring.