215 Introduction to Motor Control and Learning
This course offers students a comprehensive overview of the major areas of study
in motor control and learning. Students will first learn how the nervous system
perceives and integrates sensory input and generates motor output through
the musculoskeletal system (motor control). They will then be introduced to the
processes involved in motor skill acquisition (motor learning) and the factors that
enhance or inhibit an individual’s capability to perform a motor skill. Three credits
222 Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries
A study of the injuries that occur in popular physical activities, including the nature,
course, prevention, and non-medical management of these injuries. Three credits and lab.
226 Focus on Personal Health
This multidisciplinary and self-reflective course addresses personal health of
university students. Topics include healthier living and behaviour change, mental
health and illness, communication, dietary intake, physical activity, sedentary
behaviours, drugs, the environment and sexuality. Three credits
234 Coach Leadership and Planning
This practical course seeks to introduce students to the practice of coaching
through the development of five core competencies; problem solving, valuing,
critical thinking, leading, and interacting. This course design allows students to
earn a NCCP certification in ‘Introduction to Competition’. Three credits.
253 Sport Philosophy
This course serves as a philosophical inquiry into the nature, meaning and
significance of sport. The advancement of a philosophy of existential fitness
represents a central feature of the curriculum. Topics include the relationships
between work, game and play, mind, body and spirit, as well as game-playing and
existence. Ideas to be explored include being-in-the-zone, sporting intelligence,
sport as a mental health practice, sport as a spiritual practice, and the game of
life. Three credits.
262 Performance-Enhancing Substances
The drive to succeed in sports and exercise has led to the use of nutritional,
chemical, pharmacologic, and physiologic means of performance enhancement. The
purpose of this course is to provide an overview of substances used in sports and
exercise, addressing their mechanisms of action, safety and efficacy in consultation with valid scientific literature. Three credits.
264 The Sociology of Sport
This course provides students with a sociological interpretation of sport in
contemporary Canadian society. By contextualizing sporting behaviours and
activities, the course challenges dominant ideas about sport in society and positions
sport as an institution that both liberates and limits possibilities. The course will
demonstrate the connection between sport and issues of deviance, violence, gender,
race, the economy, media, and politics. The role of sport in constructing specific
values in Canadian society will be emphasised. Three credits.
265 Exercise Physiology
An introduction to the responses and adaptations (acute and chronic) of the
musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, and respiratory systems to disruptions to
homeostasis due to muscular activity. Three credits and lab.