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What Is Anatomical Kinesiology?

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Anatomical kinesiology is the study of human anatomy in relation to health and wellness. In general, kinesiology is defined as the study of human anatomy, mechanics, and body structure, and how they contribute together to healthy outcomes, or reduced risk of diseases. Anatomical kinesiology focuses on human anatomy, for example, in academic programs instructing students about kinesiology as a general subject.

Students of anatomical kinesiology will learn to identify various bones and muscles in the human body along with other more general anatomy. Some students may also learn the anatomy of various fascia or connecting tissues within the body. Studying metabolic processes or muscular changes in reaction to physical exercise is often part of a kinesiology program. Texts may feature advanced models of human anatomy down to a very detailed level, which students may be expected to memorize for their work in this area of human biology.

Individuals undertake anatomical kinesiology studies for various reasons. In the field of disability studies, this type of research can be critical in providing better kinds of care for those with a range of disabilities. Studies on the health of a geriatric community can also benefit from specific kinesiology research. In general, this type of research or study can benefit anyone, including those who are currently in good health. This field of study simply relates physical movement and exercise to health outcomes.

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Various specifics may be involved in studies of anatomical kinesiology. For example, some researchers might undertake a detailed study of how movements through air and movements through water affect the bones and muscles of the body. Other types of common research projects include evaluations of timed exercise throughout a range of existing health conditions to determine the overall effect of a certain activity on human health.

Many schools and universities have advanced kinesiology departments. Students in these departments may later pursue careers as fitness coaches, elementary or secondary school kinesiology instructors, nutritionists, or sports medicine. These professionals are often instrumental in campaigns to fight obesity and related conditions like heart disease. They are typically engaged in the struggle to create awareness about how physical activity can help nearly all people prevent or diminish some chronic health conditions.

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