ki.ne.si.ol.o.gy n . [Greek kinesis] (1894): " the study of the principles of mechanics and anatomy in relation to human movement."
The LBCC Kinesiology Program will prepare you to make healthy choices throughout your lifespan, provide you with relevant educational opportunities, and develop your career opportunities. Choosing Kinesiology for a class or as a major provides you with the ability to explore movement as it affects and is affected by physiological, psychological, developmental, sociocultural, and mechanical parameters. You will not only exercise but also will be introduced to topics related to exercise such as the physiology of the body, nutrition, injury prevention, and wellness enhancement. Application of movement concepts evolve from an academic foundation and is covered by courses that study how movement is quantified, how learning experiences are sequenced to modify movement behaviors, and how movement is modified for special needs. This program serves all students, regardless of age, fitness level, or previous experience.
Today, kinesiology touches disciplines as diverse as psychology and medicine, community health and wilderness studies. Even the term "physical education" conveys a concept far too limited to encompass the breadth and depth of the field. Recently LBCC embraced this changing attitude when it transformed the Department of Physical Education and Recreation into the Department of Kinesiology.
This transformation represents a gradual shift in focus from not just sports and games but into academics. Undergirding the entire Kinesiology program is the concept that the study of exercise is relevant to almost any human endeavor. Traditional methods of scientific research, as well the experience of human movement, brings you, the student, to a broader understanding of humanity. The Department of Kinesiology advances the understanding and practice of human movement across the lifespan in the context of a diverse and changing society.