Physical Fitness and Recreational Sport

COURSE OFFERINGS NOT RESULTING IN A MAJOR OR A STUDY AREA BUT DESIGNED TO SUPPLEMENT THE ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE WITH FITNESS AND SPORT.

This component of the curriculum is designed to provide basic instruction in methods of maintaining personal fitness and playing recreational sports. The range of benefits to be gained is broad and fits well into one of the major objectives of a liberal education: the development of the whole person. The satisfaction of physical development and self-understanding as well as the enjoyment of recreational activities are important complements to the intellectual demands of a college education.

INSTRUCTIONAL STAFF

Andre Barbins, Barb Bausch, Jim Cranmer, Scott Devine, Herb Gainey, Jim Hardin, Chris Harney, Chris Hasbrouck, Lew Jenkins, John Kiser, Katie Lange, Rick Loheed, Shawne McCoy, Kara Reber, Cindy Robinson, Irvin Smoot, Mary Ellen Steveling, Sarah Tipsword, April Tucker, Darlene Gentry, Bill Ward, Brianne Weaver, Adam Werblow

PHYSICAL FITNESS AND RECREATIONAL SPORT COURSES (PHEC)

PHEC 101. General Conditioning (1E)

An introduction to physical conditioning through study of and participation in a variety of physical exercises. Muscle tone, firmness, flexibility, and general strength are covered through isometric, isotonic, aerobic, and relaxation exercises, aquatic conditioning, weight control, and Hatha yoga. May be taken twice for credit. Credit/No credit grading.

PHEC 103. Walking Fitness (0.5)

Development of good walking style for physical fitness with the refining and perfecting of the walk step through stride, pace, and rhythm. Includes strolling, aerobic walking, and speed walking. May be taken twice for credit. This course meets for only half the semester. Credit/No credit grading.

PHEC 104. Running and Exercise Fitness (0.5)

A combination of extensive exercises for flexibility and muscle tone with a variety of aerobic running activities to build greater heart-lung efficiency and stamina. May be taken twice for credit. Prerequisite: Minimum running ability. This course meets for only half the semester. Credit/No credit grading.

PHEC 105. Strength Training (0.5E)

Basic principles of physical conditioning through the use of weights. The training is designed to develop muscle tone. May be taken twice for credit. This course meets for only half the semester. Credit/No credit grading.

PHEC 111. Beginning Swimming (1)

Development of basic water safety skills, including rhythmic breathing techniques, elementary backstroke, and the American crawl stroke. Emphasis placed on increasing confidence to participate in activities in and around the water. Credit/No credit grading. May be taken twice for credit.

PHEC 112. Tennis I (1E)

Instruction in the playing form for the forehand stroke, backhand stroke, and serve. Playing rules, court etiquette, and practice sets of singles are emphasized. This course meets for only half the semester. Credit/No credit grading.

PHEC 113. Volleyball (0.5)

Introduction to the basic skills and strategies of the game, including the forearm pass, set, serve, spike, and block. Game play is emphasized using co-ed rules. May be taken twice for credit. This course meets for only half the semester. Credit/No credit grading.

PHEC 115. Badminton (0.5)

Introduction and review of the basic skills and strategies of the game. Singles and doubles are emphasized. This course meets for only half the semester. Credit/No credit grading.

PHEC 116. Cycling (0.5)

Emphasis is placed on the skills and conditioning necessary to pursue recreational bicycling with a 10-speed bike. Following an introduction to bicycle maintenance and safety rules, the course consists of bicycling trips of varying duration. Each student must have access to a multi-speed bicycle. May be taken twice for credit. This course meets for only half the semester. Credit/No credit grading.

PHEC 118. Swimming Fitness (1)

This course is designed to develop intermediate- and advanced-level water safety skills. Objectives include increased swimming efficiency through stroke improvement and rhythmic breathing techniques, with special emphasis on aerobic and cross-training conditioning. May be taken twice for credit. Prerequisite: Beginner-level swimming skills. Credit/No credit grading.

PHEC 119. Martial Arts (1F)

Introduction to martial arts philosophy, using karate training in a traditional setting. May be taken twice for credit. Credit/No credit grading.

PHEC 120. Lawn Sports (0.5)

Students learn and play classic lawn games, including bocce and croquet. This course meets for only half the semester. Credit/No credit grading.

PHEC 122. Hatha Yoga I (1E)

A beginning course to introduce the student to asanas (postures), pranayama (breathing techniques), relaxation techniques, and meditation. Credit/No credit grading.

PHEC 123. Basketball (0.5)

This course will focus on developing basic fundamentals in the game of basketball using the latest technique, training, and equipment. A major portion of the course will be spent teaching the rules and executing the fundamentals of basketball play. Most sessions will take place indoor with complementary classroom sessions as needed.

PHEC 124. Softball (0.5)

This course is for men and women and is primarily recreational in nature. Participants will learn the basic rules of the game of softball and engage in organized softball games. Students should be able to throw a softball, swing a bat and run or jog short distances.

PHEC 125. Open-Water Scuba (2E)

This half-semester, 2-credit course provides students with the basic safety and training skills to qualify for scuba certification. This program follows the standards and guidelines of the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI), a nationally recognized training agency. The course involves classroom and pool components and requires a final open-water assessment. Students successfully completing the course will receive Open-Water Diver scuba certification. Lab fee: $175, and students will be required to purchase some equipment and cover costs relating to the open-water assessment such as travel, accommodation, food, etc. Prerequisites: Students must be able to swim 200 yards and tread water for 10 minutes. Certain medical conditions may be contraindicated for diving.

PHEC 131. Basic Sailing (1E)

Fundamentals of handling and navigating the small sailboat. Emphasis is on recreational use and water safety. This course meets for only half the semester. Credit/No credit grading.

PHEC 133. Basic Windsurfing (1F)

Fundamentals of windsurfing for the novice. Emphasis is given to recreational use and water safety. This course meets for only half the semester. Credit/No credit grading.

PHEC 136. Recess (0.5)

This course allows students to play timeless and well-loved games that are typically enjoyed by students at recess in the grade school years. Games include kickball, tag, four square, dodgeball, wiffleball, and other games from around the world. This course meets for only half the semester. Credit/No credit grading.

PHEC 151. Frisbee Golf (0.5)

Basic frisbee golf skills are taught, along with a major emphasis on playing the game on a campus course. This course meets for only half the semester. Credit/No credit grading.

PHEC 158. Core Strength Training (0.5E)

This class is designed to increase strength, endurance, balance and flexibility. This is a moderate to high intensity class that will help to increase the quality and duration of your life. Build confidence and improve your overall sense of wellness as you learn how to decrease the potential for long-term health problems. Class meets two times per week with the instructor with a mandatory third workout per week to be completed outside of class.

PHEC 161. Standard First Aid and CPR (1E)

An introduction to the fundamentals of administering first aid and up-to-date cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in emergency, accident, or athletic injury situations. This course is designed to help students become certified in Standard First Aid and CPR, to renew current certifications, and to introduce the field of sports medicine. May be taken twice for credit.

PHEC 163. Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries (1E)

Discusses the growing area of sports medicine with a focus on both injury prevention and immediate care of the most common sports injuries. This course is ideal for students considering the fields of coaching, athletic training, and physical therapy.

PHEC 164. Introduction to Athletic Training (2E)

This course discusses the growing area of sports medicine, with a focus on injury prevention, assessment of athletic injuries, and immediate care for the injured athlete. This course is ideal for students considering the fields of coaching, athletic training and physical therapy.

PHEC 166. Speed and Agility (0.5)

This course will focus on developing speed and agility using the latest technique training and equipment. A major portion of the course will be spent isolating technical breakdowns in form, and using exercises to increase agility, balance and coordination, which in turn will help increase speed. Most sessions will take place indoors with complementary classroom sessions as needed. Video-taping of individuals will be used as a teaching aid.

PHEC 167. Self-Defense Against Sexual Assault (2E)

This course is designed to instruct people (primarily women) in their choices for preventing and defending against sexual assault, both on and off campus. A combination of lecture and physical training sessions provides instruction in situational awareness, the psychology of self-protection, and basic self-defense skills and strategies. Credit/No credit grading.

PHEC 168. Spinning (1)

Students will learn a variety of techniques necessary to have a productive workout on weighted-wheel cycling bikes. They will be introduced to sprinting, standing climb, seated climb, running and recovery tactics. The class will introduce students to calculating calories burned as well as cycling cadence.

PHEC 169. Cross Country (0.5S)

This course will consist of two cross-country/trail runs each week. The distance of the runs will vary from two to four miles depending on the course and weather conditions. Each class meeting will involve a warm-up, the run itself, a cool-down, and stretching. Class participants should have some running experience and should also be in good physical condition. Most runs will take between 30 – 45 minutes.

PHEC 172. Fencing (1F)

Introduction to foil fencing. Instruction in basic foil fencing actions, including stance, footwork, lunge, parry, and riposte. Offensive and defensive techniques effective in a fencing bout are introduced. History of the sport, rules, and etiquette are emphasized. Credit/no grading.

PHEC 203. Beginning Golf (1S)

This course explores the basic skills that are required to become proficient at the game of golf. Class takes place on campus during the first half of the semester, and trips to the driving range and a golf course occur during the second half of the semester.

PHEC 212. Tennis II (1E)

Emphasis is given to ground stroking consistency and depth, court coverage, the volley, introduction of the lob, and game tactics of singles and doubles play. This course meets for only half the semester. Credit/No credit grading.

PHEC 214. Hatha Yoga II (1E)

This course will provide an opportunity for students with previous yoga study to deepen their practice and understanding of hatha yoga. There will be continued study of asanas (postures), pranayama (breathing techniques), relaxation techniques, and meditation. More standing poses will be introduced to build strength, balance, and confidence. Additional aspects of yoga will be explored, including diet and the use of affirmations, visualization, and positive thinking. Readings from the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali will be discussed. Credit/No credit grading.

PHEC 227. Keelboat Sailing (1E)

This course concentrates on the fundamentals of handling and navigating medium-size sailboats equipped with keels. Emphasis is on recreational use and water safety. A knowledge of the basics of sailing is assumed. Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor.

PHEC 243. Lifeguarding (2E)

The knowledge and skills designed to save one’s own life or the life of another. Major emphasis is on self-rescue skills and extension rescue. This course may be repeated for credit. Credit/No credit grading.

PHEC 277. Sports, Culture, and Personality (2E)

An overview of sports in the United States and their impact on the individual and society. Emphasizes changes that are occurring in the world of sports today, with special attention to personal and societal implications. Not open to students who have received credit for PHEC 300.

PHEC 199, 299, 399, 499. Independent Study (1-4E)

This course consists of an independent creative or research project designed by the student and supervised by a faculty member. The nature of the project, the schedule for accomplishment, and the means of evaluation must be formalized in a learning contract prior to registration. (See “Independent Study” under “Academic Policies” section.)