Students gain knowledge and experience from new Human Anatomy and Sports Science activity
By Jessica Pigram, Activity Leader - Sports Medicine and Nutrition/Human Anatomy and Sports Science, East Campus
In Season 4 of the 2017/2018 academic year, a new activity launched on UWCSEA East Campus based on sports medicine and nutrition. Following it’s success, the activity ran again in Season 1 this academic year with more than 25 students participating - this time around with both Middle and High School students. The convener, Jessica Pigram, has developed a brand new course for Season 2 that follows on from the sports medicine and nutrition activity, covering similar topics of human anatomy and sports science.
The key learning components of the new course are: skeletal muscle and protein intake, body composition and fuel, vitamins, caffeine and exercise, designing training programs, exercising in special environments and for children, sports taping, and advanced nutrition. There is also an end of course assessment to test students' knowledge.
Here's what some of the participating students had to say about the activity: “It was really quite interesting learning about the human body and energy usage. I learned more than I thought and gained several new skills. I liked getting to bond with the others in my class and having fun. Everybody was so open and happy to be there, so I just enjoyed being there too.”
“I enjoyed learning about the signs which teaches us what to do in case of an emergency.”
“I can learn new things and the teacher makes it fun. The things I have learned from this activity can help me in daily life and will come in handy.”
“The learning how to tape fingers, wrist, and ankle, and when we talked about nutrition.”
“It's really fun, and we learn a lot of practical things we can use when we play sports/do any physical activity.”
Students wanting to pursue a degree or career in sports science or with a keen interest in the area are highly encouraged to join.
The activity offerings are as follows each year:
Sports Medicine and Nutrition - Seasons 1 and 3
Human Anatomy and Sports Science - offered in Seasons 2 and 4.Students can sign up for both activities during the Season 1 and 3 signup period.