Swim Conditioning (1.5) A course designed to provide students an understanding of and proficiency in swimming conditioning.
KINES 070 Swim Conditioning (1.5)
The primary objective of Kinesiology 070 is to teach students, in both a theoretical and practical manner, the fitness benefits derived from swimming. These benefits include but are not limited to: flexibility, cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength and endurance, and weight management. Because of its non-weight-bearing nature, attention is also given to the exercise value of swimming for arthritic, injured, and overweight individuals. This course promotes swimming as a lifelong pursuit and at the same time enables a student to design an individualized fitness plan, using swimming as the primary activity.
Instruction includes a mixture of classroom and practical experiences, with an emphasis on in-water activity. Fundamentally, the water activity consists of a daily workout, 40-50 minutes in length. Workout components include: a warm-up, light stretching, a main training set, and a warm-down. The training emphasis varies depending upon the placement of the workout during the semester as well as the fitness goal (group or individual) at that particular time. Workouts conducted early in the semester, for example, focus on technical issues and general aerobic improvement as the workload is gradually increased. Subsequent workouts are geared toward improving aerobic and anaerobic conditioning while maintaining a steady but varied workload. Throughout the semester, swimming is the primary activity, but an exposure to water walking/jogging/running and dry-land training is also provided. Moreover, the importance of implementing training variety, proper technique, and appropriate safety procedures is emphasized throughout the course. Classroom sessions are reserved for understanding training principles, terms, and methods. Individual concerns (i.e. fitness goals, videotaping, training alternatives, and problems) are also addressed in this setting.
Swimming ability varies greatly from one individual to another. Because of this, and because space limitations prevent total individuality, students are taught to devise swimming fitness programs that meet both individual and group goals. These workout programs are expected to utilize competitive and noncompetitive strokes, varying degrees of aerobic and anaerobic training, as well as a balanced combination of swimming, kicking, and pulling efforts (using a variety of training equipment). Educational objectives are completed in a systematic yet flexible manner that affords students the opportunity to simultaneously learn and experiment together while developing individual fitness.
Individual progress may be assessed through any or all of the following measures: objective testing, maintenance of a training log, written assignments, and standardized swimming performances. The amount of each is left to the discretion of the instructor. Evaluation methods other than those already mentioned may certainly be used.
Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.