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Fundamentals of Kinesiology Notes: Week 1

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Fundamentals of Kinesiology Notes: Week 1 EP 2013

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Fundamentals of Kinesiology
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Date Created: 08/18/16
Madison Martin Fundamentals of Kinesiology Notes Chapter 1A- What is Kinesiology? 08/16/2016  Kinesiology o Theoretical- study of motion, an academic discipline with physical activity as its intellectual focus addressing its impact on heath, human, performance, society, and quality of life  Physical Activity: includes activates of daily living, work, sport, dance, and play, etc.  Does definition of Kinesiology make sense?  People fall in love with specific things  What is motion?  Newtonian view o Atoms in space, forces, linear, geometric, materialistic  Aristotelean View o Four types of motion  Change of quality- ex. Practice shooting free throws your form will get better  Change of quantity- ex. Aging/decay  Change of being- ex. Nutrition, “you are what you eat”  Change of place- ex. Locomotion o Newton only takes one of these into account.  Physics is at the heart of motion. o No just mere physics. o Practical  Exercise Science, Physical Education, Sport Management, Athletic Training, Dance (controversial), Coaching (can be under physical education, some coaches don’t teach)…  Focus of physical activity  Focus of health  Focus on science- over emphasize science, only part of kinesiology  Focus on play- love activity because it is considered play  Practical Issue: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System  Four modifiable health risk factors o Lack of physical activity o Poor nutrition  Health has Foundational Importance  Why Then Might Health be Insufficient? o Foundations only have value if something is built upon them.  Want to have love, kids, etc… o There are greater goods than health  Ex. Mother helps child when sick  Ex. In sports people risk their health to be great- Willing to sacrifice o Historical  1960s brought change  “Too much P.E.”- for dummies, people in P.E. starting thinking about physiology, sociology, etc.  James Bryant Conant- said to cancel graduate in P.E. o Response: Franklin Henry said getting crap because there isn’t enough theory in P.E.  The Standard View  Conant’s criticism prodded a reluctant discipline into academic respectability and diversity.  Alternative View  Conant’s criticism amounted to only a dew paragraphs out if two hundred pages in his book.  Doubt regarding our self worth; lack of sound philosophical foundation. Reacted because we believed it.  Conant did not focus on P.E.  Conant was not merely negative: o Connat called teaching P.E. and coaching tow important functions  Our own insecurity is the most important thing to understand o Connant’s work is not seminal to kinesiology but rather fits into a broader history; a history if contention and debate o Bottom Line  Who are we?  Kinesiologists disagree  What are we about?  Kinesiologists disagree  Why do we belong together?  Kinesiologists disagree  What should we value and why?  Kinesiologists disagree  As a budding kinesiologist you need to think about these issues… because how you answer these questions makes a difference. You will shape the future of the field o Example of Disagreement:  Kinesiology: The main challenge of motor control  Physical Activity: Intentional, voluntary movement directed toward achieving an identifiable goal o Response: My definition  Human discipline, born of, and reliant upon the embodied curious, political, and rational nature of human beings. Neither a pure science nor solely a member of humanities encompasses both.  Discipline o The disciplines progress through research to build knowledge, inform practice and develop theory. o The professions use knowledge and theory to inform and build practice o A better model might emphasize the cyclical nature of this dynamic more clearly  Practice informs/confirms theory  Research tests/reforms practice o What is a discipline  A knowledge or wisdom associated with one academic field of study.  Branches of science are commonly referred to as scientific disciplines.  Kinesiology is Transdisciplinary in the Study of Movement o Major Branches of Kinesiology are Crossdisciplinary  Crossdisciplinary: knowledge that explains aspecrs of one discipline on terms of another  Divisions at MSU: exercise science, sports studies o Multidisciplinary  Draws from multiple disciplines to redefine problems outside of normal boundaries and reach solutions based on new understanding of complex situations  Like a puzzle o Look at figure 1.2- Looking beyond a single discipline o Bottom Line?  A healthy kinesiology department and a good kinesiologist will transcend disciplinary lines  Ex. How do we help special needs kids to ride a bike?


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