PEH 288: Anatomical Kinesiology

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Natural Science

Students will study the musculoskeletal structure of the human body. Focus is placed on learning bones and joint articulations, as well as learning muscles, their attachments and actions, and how they move the body in sport and everyday activities. Special emphasis is placed on musculoskeletal analysis of basic exercise and movement patterns.

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Course Learning Outcomes

Core Topics


  1. Analyze basic exercises and human movement patterns in terms of joint actions, movement planes and axes.
  2. Describe the segmental movements that occur in basic exercises and sport skills.
  3. List the functions of the skeletal system, the types of bone found in the skeletal system, and the role each bone plays in human movement and support.
  4. Name, locate and classify, based on function and structure, the articulations (joints) of the human body.
  5. Describe the structure of human articulations and state the factors contributing to joint motion and stability.
  6. Describe and demonstrate the three functions of muscular contractions (static, concentric, eccentric) as muscles function individually or as a group in a basic exercise or sport movement.
  7. Explain the cooperative action of muscles in controlling joint actions and identify the role (agonist, antagonist, and stabilizer) played by the muscle(s) or muscle groups in a given exercise or movement.