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Kinesiology (KINES)

KINES 042 (GHA) Ice Skating--Beginning (1.5) A course of instruction focused on the physical development and knowledge of basic ice skating skills.

KINES 042 Ice Skating--Beginning (1.5)

A course of instruction focused on the development of basic ice skating skills, and the introduction of a new physical fitness activity into the lifestyle of the Penn State student. The course objectives are to develop balance and control while performing the basic skills necessary for the execution of many ice skating maneuvers. Basic ice skating skills are relevant to skaters who have goals of recreational skating, learning to play hockey and/or figure skate. These skills include: forward and backward stroking, forward and backward stops, negotiating circles and curves through the use of forward and backward crossovers, developing edge control through the development of consecutive sustained edges, and changing direction from forward to backward and backward to forward through the use of basic two-and one-foot turns. Skills are acquired through the use of exercises and patterns designed to strengthen the fundamentals of skating and to further develop balance, edge control, and confidence while participating in the activity. These exercises are incorporated into each class period, along with a thorough review of previously learned skills and the introduction of new skills. Every effort is made by the instructor to break each skill down into logical steps so that the student will understand the process of each skill. The instructors are encouraged to allow for individual differences in the pacing of skill development. As the course progresses, the instructor has the option of using partner and small group exercises to balance the individual efforts through peer support and involvement. This course will provide the necessary skill foundation for participation in upper-level courses including advanced/beginner, intermediate and advanced skating, as well as hockey, figure and/or recreational skating activities. In addition to the core component of physical skill development, the student will acquire an enlightened appreciation and understanding of the skill and art of ice sports.

General Education: GHA
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Summer 2002

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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