An introduction to the study of functional human movement with emphasis on the musculoskeletal system to include muscle and skeletal structure identification and function, joint structure and actions, planes of motions, axes and levers and analysis of movement patterns. Provides an orientation to the scientific basis of the health and motor-related components of physical fitness and medical terminology.
An overview of the field of physical education, sport and fitness with emphasis placed on historical, and socio-psychological foundations and their implications on today's society. The course includes the study of subdisciplines in the field, career opportunities and future directions. Issues and ethical concerns are introduced.
This course is designed to provide practical application of fitness, wellness and conditioning concepts. The course provides a comprehensive, comparative overview of the physiological responses and adaptations of resistive training and aerobic and anaerobic exercise. A comprehensive study of training theory and methodologies is included.
This course is an examination of various leadership considerations related to conducting lifetime physical activities. Emphasis will be on appropriate development and implementation of community and school-based activity programs, effective use of communication, collaboration, and problem-solving skills, understanding needs and characteristics of varied participant groups, and demonstration of specialized activity content knowledge.
A course designed to provide instruction in the prevention and care of movement injuries. This course will include an introduction to athletic training, fundamentals of injury prevention and evaluation, and the management of the most common dance and sport-related injuries. Emphasis will be placed on providing practical opportunities to develop evaluation skills and taping techniques. Open to ESS and Dance Majors only.
In conjunction with a faculty mentor, the student will formulate an original research problem that will culminate in a review of the literature and proposed methods for the research problem selected. Course may be repeated for a total of 6 hours with permission of department head.
The study of the organization and administration of physical education, sport and fitness programs with emphasis on facility and personnel management as it relates to curricular, financial, physical, social, legal, and medical issues.
This course is designed to prepare the student through active participation to develop practical knowledge and skills necessary to instruct group fitness programs. Students will learn teaching methodologies for the following types of training: basic aerobics and step aerobics, circuits, stability ball, medicine ball, tubes and bands, light free weights, flexibility, and floor exercise.
This course provides students with information about exercise testing and prescription. Students will develop the skills and technical procedures necessary to conduct exercise and sport fitness testing using a variety of technologies. Hands-on experience will be available for a variety of different fitness and health-related tests. Prerequisite: ESS-383.
The study of topics in the discipline of exercise and sport science as determined by faculty expertise and student interest. Possible topics to be offered are: psychology of movement, sociology of sport, movement and aging, and principles and theories of coaching. A description of the selected topic will be included in the registration schedule. May be taken for course credit more than once with a different topic. Course prerequisites will be listed as appropriate. Course open to juniors and seniors only.
This course is designed to provide an examination of principles and practices that affect the learning and development of motor skills; theories of motor learning, motor control, and development; lifespan motor development perspective related to performing motor and sport skills; and professional applications of the motor learning and development in exercise science-related fields. Laboratory and field- based experiences will be included.
A course designed to examine the body’s response and adaptation to exercise and sport and the implication of these changes for physical education and fitness programs. The course includes muscular adaptation, energy systems, and the effects of environmental factors, diet, gender, and the methods of physical training. Laboratory experiences will enable students to explore and integrate this knowledge through practical application of exercise for health and human performance.
Prerequisites: For HWE concentration, BIO 338/348 and BIO 339/349. For HPE concentration, BIO 322/342
This course designed to provide students with information about the analysis, and interpretation of research in the fields of exercise and sport science. Emphasis will be placed on comparing different research methods, statistical analysis techniques and interpretation as they relate to various topics in exercise and sport science.
A supervised field experience in a fitness, sport, or wellness-related agency. Students will meet regularly with a college supervisor to integrate exercise and sports science knowledge with their practicum experiences. Students should make arrangements with the practicum coordinator and their advisor the semester prior to taking the practicum. This course is limited to majors who have completed their junior year. Prerequisites: ESS-383, ESS-486.
This course provides a culminating experience for students. The seminar format will assist students in summarizing and reflecting on experiences learned and demonstrated through their program of study. Each student will prepare and present a professional portfolio to the department as an exit requirement. Course limited to seniors.
A study of the neuromuscular and mechanical principles of movement. This course examines the way bones and muscles work in all types of dance and sport-related activities. Content also includes understanding muscular imbalances, physiological support systems, body types, movement behavior, and movement efficiency. Prerequisites: BIO-322/342; or BIO 338/348 and BIO 339/349.
This course will provide an introduction to the physiological basis of health and fitness assessments, methods of assessment, and exercise prescription plans required to bring about changes in the health and fitness of both healthy individuals as well as those requiring accommodation for special needs or medical conditions. Course content will also include the business management aspects of a career in fitness program development. Prerequisites: BIO-322/342; or BIO 338/348 and BIO 339/349.
This course introduces the design and application of research methodologies in exercise and sports science. The student will formulate an original research project that will culminate in a research paper and presentation. Open to senior majors and minors; others with instructor permission.
In conjunction with a faculty mentor, the student will formulate an original research project that will culminate in a research paper and presentation. Open to senior majors and minors; others with instructor approval. Course may be repeated for a total of 6 hours with permission from the department head. Prerequisite: MAT-175, MAT-181, or MAT-191.
Study of the role health and physical education plays in child development, school curriculum, and society. Prospective teachers will learn basic knowledge, skills, and dispositions in the fields of health and physical education to allow them to prepare developmentally appropriate lessons using the Healthful Living Curriculum. Course includes observations and teaching experiences in a school setting during school hours.
A course designed to offer prospective physical education teachers with experience in instructional methodology appropriate at the elementary level. Emphasis is placed on the synthesis of theory and practice in physical education at the elementary level and understanding the role of physical education in the development of children. Emphasis on the “movement approach” to learning motor skills, creative dance, rhythms, stunts and tumbling, movement games, and physical fitness activities is provided. Content includes curriculum design, planning and implementing units and lessons, teaching approaches, assessment and evaluation appropriate at the elementary school level. Extensive field experiences are required. Open to students admitted to the teacher education program or with permission of the instructor.
This course provides students with experiences in teaching and examining policies, practices, principles, instructional methodologies, and programs related to meeting the physical education needs of special populations. Includes field experiences. Open to students admitted to the teacher education program or with permission of the instructor.
This course will provide prospective physical education teachers with opportunities to learn about, plan, and implement instructional, motivational, management, and assessment strategies to develop the healthful living curriculum, with primary focus on physical education, in the secondary school environment. Open to students admitted to the teacher education program or with permission of the instructor.
A course designed to prepare students with knowledge and skills to administer immediate care to victims of injuries and sudden illness. Students who successfully complete the course will receive American Red Cross Certification. Course fee assessed.
This course is designed to provide students with a greater understanding of the scientific basis for health status, the role of human behavior, and the impact of public policy upon health status. Students will learn the theoretical foundations of health behavior, the principles essential to developing health literacy and the concepts relevant to health risk reduction and health promotion.
A course designed to develop understanding in the conceptual knowledge of health and fitness in the development and maintenance of human wellness. The course will allow each student to plan a program of physical activity that meets her unique needs and interests. The ultimate goal is to help students plan for a lifetime of wellness including physical fitness and healthy nutrition.
This course will focus on the way in which individuals develop their identities through the body's experiences in American culture. Drawing upon an interdisciplinary range of research and ideas, the course will explore how the body is influenced and shaped by society; how individuals are affected by myths about the ideal or “normal” body; and the way the body has been objectified in areas of fitness, health and beauty. We will look at the effects of the media, popular culture, education, and other areas of socialization to gain self-awareness as to the ways students' lives reflect the process of how they embody cultural values and social attitudes.
The research literature on sexual interests, behaviors and relationships is reviewed through the study of the changing practices and perceptions of sexuality in America. Topics include the cultural construction of sex, the process of learning to be sexual, sexual deviance, the influence of marriage, and the interplay between sex and power in our society. Recognition of both risks and rewards associated with sexuality provides the context for studying controversial policies in society. Also offered as SOC-332.
This course will address specific health issues that reach beyond our borders and will examine the impact and influence of communities on global health. The course will focus on three components of world health, including health disparities, nutrition, and communicable and non-communicable diseases. Students will consider these components from historical, social, cultural, political, and economic perspectives. Prerequisite: 75 hours completed upon course enrollment.
Course content will cover methods and materials of teaching health education in a variety of settings. Students will obtain the necessary skills to plan and implement a variety of health promotion lessons and methods in clinical, school, hospital or work site settings. Students will present prepared units/lessons to target populations such as: employees, students, community members or patients. A practicum is a required part of this course.
A course designed for the sedentary individual who strives to progress into running. The course is designed to appropriately progress the student into a running program and culminates with a campus 5 kilometer run.
A course designed to provide cardiovascular fitness through aerobic dance movements. This course explores aerobic workouts such as hi-lo impact, step, funk, and interval aerobics.
A water aerobics course with emphasis on improving cardiovascular fitness through movement exercise in the water to music. Must be able to swim two lengths of the pool to enroll in this course. Course is offered off campus.
An introduction to a variety of exercises to increase muscular strength, muscular endurance and flexibility using resistance bands and tubes, fit balls, free weights and medicine balls.
A course designed to provide students with opportunities to gain knowledge and skills necessary for safe and effective strength training and cardiovascular conditioning. Students will have access to strength machines and free weights, as well as cardiovascular equipment such as stationary bikes, climbers, treadmills and elliptical trainers.
A course designed to provide students with a functional understanding of the health-related fitness components and their effect on daily living and long-term health. Discussion of health risks, nutritional factors and principles of exercise are included. Emphasis is on walking, jogging and running activities as a means of improving health-related fitness, also stresses setting long-term goals to change or maintain wellness.
This course will use a variety of methods and means to achieve a total body workout: some of which include free weights, medicine balls, tubing, steps and blocks, and mats and balls. Some time will be spent outdoors to create fitness ‘obstacle’ courses utilizing all of the above to help create a challenging and interactive workout. Training will include, but is not limited to, strength, cardiovascular, plyometric and flexibility methods.
This course is designed to teach self-defense beginning with prevention through awareness, learning statistics, making smarter choices in areas concerning social media, how to present yourself, routines and more. It will also provide knowledge on deterring attackers and various defenses against attackers. Participants will gain knowledge on how to legally keep yourself safe in the event of an attack including how to work with 911 and law enforcement. Through participation in the course, students will have a well-rounded understanding of how to prevent an attack and what to do in the event of an attack. Upon completion of the course participants will receive a Certificate of Completion.
Barre classes are a popular alternative to common strength and cardiovascular combination workouts. “Barre Fusion” provides a challenging ‘interval’ format which consists of segments of strength, cardiovascular and dance inspired moves to help create a total body workout. The Barre format also provides opportunities to focus on balance training, which can be effective cross training and also good for injury prevention. This class will provide instruction in strength training (and the other components) using dance and ballet inspired moves to provide an overall total body workout. Special attention and time will be devoted to isolation and isometric exercises, flexibility and also balance to help create muscle isolation and thus, fatigue. No experience in dance is required.
A course designed for beginners which includes instruction in basic badminton skills [grip, strokes, and serve], rules and strategies for singles and doubles play, and in-class competition.
Instruction in ball selection, grip, stance, approach, delivery, bowling etiquette, safety precautions, rules, scoring, and terminology. Taught off campus, transportation not provided. Activity fee assessed.
A course designed for beginners which includes instruction in basic golf skills [grip, stance, full-swing with irons, chipping, approach shots, and putting], etiquette, safety precautions, rules, scoring, and terminology. Activity fee assessed.
A beginning course which includes instruction in basic tennis skills [grip, groundstrokes, serve, and volley], rules and strategies for singles and doubles play, and in-class competition. Must supply own racket.
The art of sword play will be introduced to students in a safe and controlled manner. Students will learn mobility and manipulative skills to attack and defend themselves against an opponent. Students will also learn the history and etiquette of this ancient sport, as well as gain knowledge of how to officiate fencing bouts.
This course provides a foundation for beginners. Students learn warm-up and breathing exercises, as well as basic Yoga asanas. Particular attention is given to exploring the internal support for external alignment and posture.
This course is to serve as an introduction to the American Karate system for the purpose of improving flexibility, balance, muscular strength, movement coordination, and cardiovascular fitness. Through a systematic training program of repetition, the student will learn the application of simple karate techniques and gain the ability to defend herself in an attack situation. Activity fee assessed.
A beginning level course which includes instruction in basic fast-pitch softball skills [hitting, fielding, and base-running], basic offensive and defensive strategies; opportunity for team play. Fast-pitch experience NOT required.
A beginning course which includes instruction of Native American traditions and history, basic skills, rules, and strategies needed to develop a rudimentary level of competency in the sport of lacrosse in order to participate at a level that maintains or improves overall health. Students will also learn about basic offensive and defensive tactics and strategies essential to appropriate competition. This is a fast-paced and physically active team sport which also requires teamwork and sportsmanship.
A beginning course which includes instruction of basic skills, rules, and strategies needed to develop a rudimentary level of competency in the sport of field hockey in order to participate at a level that maintains or improves overall health. Students will be introduced to the skills of dribbling, passing, receiving, shooting, and defensive tackles. Students will also learn about basic offensive and defensive tactics and strategies essential to appropriate competition during practice drills and game-like situations. Teamwork and sportsmanship will be practiced daily in drills and game situations.
A fitness course with emphasis on combining boxing punches and footwork with kicks and blocks from martial art forms. Conditioning exercises such as plyometric, agility drills, push-ups, punch-kick combinations, abs, and flexibility training are included.
An introduction to flag football, lacrosse, speedball, floor hockey, pickleball, and selected recreational sport activities. Includes instruction in basic skills, strategies, and rules.
This course will provide an overview of outdoor recreation skills and related activities. Students will be provided with opportunities to gain the skills and knowledge required to engage in various outdoor leisure activities such as orienteering, Ultimate Frisbee, and outdoor education. Student will be introduced to low-risk adventure activities and community options for participation in outdoor recreation. At least one off-campus activity is required. Off-campus selection may require a fee.
Refinement of badminton skills with an emphasis on drills and strategies for singles and doubles play with in-class competition. May be taken without prerequisite course with instructor's consent. Prerequisite: PED-141 or equivalent experience/skill.
Review of basic bowling skills and refinement of the delivery, approach, and spare conversion; opportunity for competitive matches. Taught off-campus, transportation not provided. May be taken without prerequisite course with instructor's consent. Activity fee assessed. Prerequisite: PED-142 or equivalent experience/skill.
Refinement of golf skills with instruction on full-swing with irons and woods, chipping, approach shots, sand play and putting; rules, scoring and course management. May be taken without prerequisite course with instructor's consent. Activity fee assessed. Prerequisite: PED-143 or equivalent experience/skill.
Review of basic tennis skills with an emphasis on footwork, groundstrokes, service, volley, lobs, overheads, rules and strategies for singles and doubles and in-class competition. Must bring own racket. May be taken without prerequisite course with instructor's consent. Prerequisite: PED-146 or equivalent experience/skill.
This intermediate course is to serve as an extension of Karate I. The student will be encouraged to test for the rank of Green Tip in this class. The Karate II students will learn advanced Katas, Self Defense, and sparring. May be taken without course prerequisite with instructor's consent. Activity fee assessed. Prerequisite: PED-149 or equivalent experience/skill.
This advanced course is to serve as an extension of Karate II. The student will be expected to expand her skill level and knowledge of Kata, Self Defense, and Sparring. She will be encouraged to complete the requirements for Green Belt. May be taken without prerequisite course with instructor's consent. Activity fee assessed. Prerequisite: PED-249 or equivalent experience/skill.
Students may enroll in the course during the traditional competitive season. This course is designed for students who participate as players on an intercollegiate athletics sports team to gain physical education activity credits. Students-athletes will gain knowledge of rules and strategies for their respective sports, as well as technique and skills to perform in competitive sports. Participation in traditional season practices and competitions is also a strong component of the course. Membership is by tryout only. A physical examination immediately preceding the sports season is required. May be taken a second time for elective credit only. To enroll, you must be a full time Meredith student-athlete. Pass/fail grading only.
Majoring in ESS at Meredith College will prepare you for a career in your field whether you plan to go to work right after graduation or pursue graduate or professional school.