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Kinesiology (KINES)

KINES 083 (GHA) Exercise for Stress Management (1.5) A course designed to identify the factors that contribute to student stress and develop strategies that will manage these factors. Students who receive credit for KINES 083 will not receive credit for KINES 082.

KINES 083 Exercise for Stress Management (1.5)

Kinesiology 083 is a course designed to give the Penn State student an introductory understanding of the fundamental principles of stress management. This course will provide pertinent information the student needs to understand, organize, plan, and implement a preliminary stress management program.

In this course, the Penn State student will follow a four-part concept of stress management that encourages the student to identify the factors that contribute to their stress and to develop strategies that will allow the student to manage these factors more effectively. In the first part of the course, material is presented that relates to the importance of knowing oneself and then establishing vehicles for placing oneself in relationships, environments, and situations that consistently support that "self." In the second part of the course, the student is introduced to the elements of fitness and the research data available to date that supports the idea of fitness prescriptions to enhance the relaxation response and/or produce relevant changes in hormone levels. In conjunction with this knowledge and application of such knowledge, the students learn nutritional facts that allow them to understand the chemicals that foods possess that can produce a calming or increased energy effect. Combining this knowledge, the students develop a personal program to incorporate these fitness and nutritional goals into their own lives. In the third part of the course, students are introduced to Eastern literature that indicates that a mind needs to be trained in order to provide a calming effect, increased concentration, and efficiency.

Students practice these skills to train their mind and be able to fully depend on their mind to perform more efficiently in time of stress. In the final part of the course, the students are introduced to the most current definitions of spirituality and are able to appreciate how their own spirituality is demonstrated in their lives. The course is taught through a variety of teaching methods which include lecture, workbook activities, and the repeated use of stress techniques demonstrated by the instructor and practiced by the students in class. This learning is supplemented and reinforced by listening to stress management audio tapes. The students reflect on specific stress concepts by writing self-reflection papers that allow them to reflect on how each concept is "showing up" in their own lives at the present time.

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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