ERIC Number: ED124501
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Undergraduate Biomechanics Experience at Iowa State University.
Francis, Peter R.
This paper discusses the objectives of a program in biomechanics--the analysis of sports skills and movement--and the evolution of the biomechanics program at Iowa State University. The primary objective of such a course is to provide the student with the basic tools necessary for adequate analysis of human movement, with special emphasis upon those sports and games encountered in elementary and high schools. The course also seeks to prepare students in scientific areas that can enrich the undergraduate curriculum and serve as a solid basis for those who will pursue biomechanics at the graduate level. A problem that was identified half a century ago is still prominent in the teaching of biomechanics: most students enrolling for such a course do not have extensive science backgrounds; consequently, they have little or no knowledge of physics. To avoid inefficient use of instructor time, Iowa State University has designed and requires a basic course in physics for all students entering the biomechanics course. The course is designed so that the problems encountered are expressed in biophysical terms. The biomechanics instructor can then begin with a brief review of anatomy and muscle physiology and examination of kinematics and an overview of instrumentation and analysis techniques used in biomechanical investigation, along with practical applications to a variety of games and sports. Students are examined in three ways: review of lab work, written examination, and practical examination. (Slides were used with the presentation.) (DMT)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Presented to the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, and Recreation Convention (Milwaukee, Wisconsin, April 1976)