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Physical Education

Associate Professors Flynn, Deschaine (on leave, 1997-1998), Court, Purgavie, Coffey, Chair, Graef (on leave, winter semester and Short Term), and Mulholland; Assistant Professors Pardy, Murphy, and Reilly; Mr. Fereshetian

The charge of a liberal arts education includes opportunities for intellectual, physical, and spiritual development. The offerings of the Department of Physical Education are coeducational and introductory unless otherwise labeled. They are designed to instruct students in various lifetime physical-recreative activities that will provide a foundation for a healthy, physically active lifestyle. Activities offered may emphasize one or more of the different components of physical fitness: cardiovascular endurance, muscle strength, muscle endurance, flexibility, coordination, agility, learning skills of a sport/activity, weight loss and increase of lean body mass, and maintenance of good fitness.

Students are encouraged to select an activity that will offer a new exposure, develop skills in an already competent activity, or supplement a current fitness program. The physical education course emphasizes physical activity and fitness components and is based on active participation, which allows the student to accrue the physical, social, and healthful benefits of the activity. Regular physical activity is a vital part of a healthy lifestyle ‹ it prevents disease and enhances health and the quality of life.

Performance courses provide all students with an opportunity to build a foundation for a lifetime of enriched living. The Department offers a diverse program of seasonal physical recreative activities in a setting of instructional physical education. Specialized courses in outdoor activities utilizing Maine's natural resources as well as many traditional activities courses are available to all students.

Required Physical Education. The program consists of four activities courses, each five weeks in length and scheduled for two periods per week. Successful completion of this program, a requirement for graduation, is expected of all students during their first year in residence. All students are encouraged to participate in this program, beyond the four-activity requirement, on an elective basis. Permission of the instructor is required. Staff.

Physical education courses include: African Dance, Alpine Skiing, Archery, Badminton/Pickleball, Ballet (Beginning and Intermediate), Ballroom Dance, Beach Volleyball, Bowling, Conditioning (Beginning and Advanced), Contra Dance, Cross Country Skiing, Figure Skating, Golf, Hockey Skating, In-Line Skating, Individual Fitness Program, Jazz Dance, Juggling, Karate, Kayaking, Lifeguard Training, Lifeguard Instructor, Modern Dance (Beginning and Advanced), Racquetball (Beginning and Intermediate), RAD Self-Defense for Women, Row for Fitness, Scuba Diving, Self Defense for Women, Snow Shoe, Squash, Step Aerobics, Strength Training (Beginning and Intermediate), Swimming, Taekwondo, Tap Dance, Tennis (Beginning and Intermediate), Wall Climbing, Wallyball, Water Aerobics, Water Safety Instructor, and Waterfront Module.

Theory and Study
The courses cited below are designed for students planning careers in education and for those wishing to study the role of physical-recreative activities in modern society. Credit for these courses counts as academic credit for fulfilling the graduation requirements. Students considering professional careers in physical education, coaching, recreation, and related areas should confer early in their college careers with the Chair of the Department.

210. Orthopedic Aspects of Sports Medicine.
Intensive study of human anatomy and physiology in relation to athletics and athletic injury or illness. Classes and laboratories provide basic understanding of prevention, immediate care, and rehabilitation of common and complex athletic injuries. Recommended background: general interest in human sciences. Required of students seeking athletic trainer certification. Open to first-year students. Enrollment limited to 30. Staff.

345. Sports Medicine Seminar. This course is intended for juniors and seniors who are looking at careers in the allied health professions. Course content includes research and theory of anatomy, exercise, physiology, biomechanics, kinesiology, nutrition, rehabilitation, and emergency medicine and trauma, all related to sport and athletics. There are occasional lectures from allied health care professionals. Individual research topics are selected in relation to instructor and student interests. Recommended background: Physical Education 210. Enrollment limited to 12. Staff.

360. Independent Study. Designed for the student who may have particular interests in areas of study that go beyond the regular course offerings. Permission of the Department is required prior to registration, and a detailed, typed prospectus must be submitted to the Chair as part of the request. Staff.

Short Term Units

s20. Methodology of Coaching. This unit explores various areas and methodologies involved in successful coaching, through readings, discussions, topic presentations, and practical field experiences. Topics include the development of a coaching philosophy based on athletics first, winning second; a physiological approach to training including aerobic, anaerobic, strength, and motor skill development; the psychological approach to motivation, imagery training, and relaxation; and sport pedagogy, including program organization and periodization of training. Enrollment limited to 25. G. Purgavie.

s50. Individual Research. The student must submit a written proposal for a full-time research project to be completed during Short Term. A staff member must be secured to direct the study and the proposal approved by a departmental committee before permission for registration is granted. Students are limited to one individual research unit. Staff.

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