Anatomy: A Pressing Concern in Exercise Physiology

Why is Anatomy Important?

Author(s): Tommy Boone

Pp: 14-28 (15)

DOI: 10.2174/9781681084695117010004

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Knowledge of anatomical structure of the body is basic to understanding musculoskeletal function and how both structure and function are modified by exercise or disease. Ironically, at a time when knowledge of anatomy is increasingly important, exercise physiologists are facing a major crisis in anatomical education. There is a major shortage of academic exercise physiologists willing to teach gross anatomy. Many faculty members are simply not academically prepared to teach anatomy. Yet, the students of exercise physiology need a thorough anatomy education to be credible healthcare professionals. This is true for professionals in physical therapy and athletic training and it is true for exercise physiologists too.

Keywords: Anatomical dissection, Athletic performance, Cognitive function, Functional anatomy, Human anatomy, Memorization, Straight thinking.

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