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Spring 2022

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PTA110 - Kinesiology

Credits: 2

Catalog Description: Introduces mechanical concepts (e.g., force and torque) integral to the understanding of resisted exercise systems. Explores selected biomechanical principles, especially those related to musculoskeletal performance during exercise and gait. Includes regional functional anatomy, with emphasis on normal joint and muscle function, clinical pathologies, and acquisition of skill in palpating superficial anatomic structures. Prerequisite: BIO 152 with a grade of ā€˜Cā€™ or higher. Corequisite: PTALB3.

Lecture: 2 hrs.

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs):
Upon the successful completion of this course, a student will be able to:
1. Categorize parts of the body (specific bones, joints, and muscles, etc.)
2. Explain different ways of optimizing strengthening during exercise, taking into consideration various muscle strength factors.
3. Identify relevant characteristics (innervation, origin, insertion, primary action, etc.) of at least 80 skeletal muscles throughout the body.
4. Palpate superficial anatomic structures (joint spaces, tendons, muscles, ligaments, arteries, bony prominences, etc.).
5. Explain various mechanical and biomechanical concepts including, but not limited to force, torque, mechanical advantage, Newton's three laws of motion, center of gravity, base of support, stability, force systems (linear, parallel and concurrent), classes of levers, etc.
6. Identify components of normal and abnormal gait utilizing human gait analysis techniques.
7. Describe possible causes of observed human gait deviations.


Effective Term: Fall 2019