This semester I am taking five other courses besides this one. One of my more interesting classes is Kinesiology 220, otherwise known as Introduction to Athletic Injuries. This class focuses on injury in sport and how to deal with it as an athlete, athletic trainer, coach, or physical therapist. We learn all about how injuries are onset, whether it be acute (a direct impact or action resulting in injury), or chronic (an ongoing action that slowly wears down a part of the body resulting in injury).
We also discuss what types of injuries occur more in certain sports, or even because of what gender you are. For example, women are more prone to knee injuries such as ACL tears than men are. Studies have been done and while there is no set reason for this, there are many theories. One such theory is a certain hormone produced in women during their menstrual cycle that loosens the muscles and makes it easier to tear, or the shape of our bodies and angle of our hips to our knees.
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One of the chapters we discussed for our last test talked about emergency plans, and since my professor is also the head athletic trainer at this school, we discussed the emergency plan designed for Bronco Athletics. It covers a variety of things like how to treat injuries, how to tell whether or not a physician should be called, or how to get an ambulance in, out, and on their way if need be. One major topic that we have been talking about is eating disorders and how not only are they extremely harmful to the body, but they are also very dangerous to the psyche.
The numbers of eating disorders in sports is mind-blowing, especially in sports such as gymnastics, dancing, and wrestling. Most of the people in the class are in majors such as athletic training, sport and exercise science, or physical therapy. This class is basically just a look into what we will be dealing with if we decide to go forth with our majors. It allows us to gain a basic knowledge of the many different types of injuries that occur and how to handle them.