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These course descriptions are not being updated as of August 1, 2016. Current course descriptions are maintained in LionPATH.

Kinesiology (KINES)

KINES 088 (GHA) Varsity Sport Experience (2) A course designed to promote an active and healthful lifestyle through participation in a varsity sport sanctioned by Penn State.

KINES 088 Varsity Sport Experience (2)

Kinesiology 088 introduces students to the rigors of the varsity sport experience. This course provides the information that the student needs to understand, organize, plan and thrive in the competitive environment of a collegiate sport program while integrating themselves into the university community.
The "corner stone" of this course is the varsity sport experience itself. Under the tutelage of some of the best instructors in the nation these student-athletes will learn how to prepare for and engage in physical and psychological contests of the highest order. In addition to engagement with the finest physiological training students are taught to work collaboratively in small and large groups to solve complex movement problems. Critical thinking is stressed as students negotiate the complex real world problem of being a student athlete in a collegiate athletic program. Social behavior, community and scholarly conduct are continually addressed as the student-athletes attempt to integrate themselves into the university and local community.

When a student completes Kinesiology 088, he or she will be able to identify the components of an effective physical training program and explain how that program contributes to lifelong wellness; develop training goals and design programs to meet these goals; perform a variety of physical training techniques; and understand how the acquisition of sport specific skills and knowledge promotes psychological well-being.

Members of the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics evaluate the successful completion of this program. Sport-appropriate training and performing venues are provided by Penn State. Enrollment will be based upon seasonal varsity sports.

General Education: GHA
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Summer 2004

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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