The Future: Curriculum Change
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Is it realistic that academic exercise physiologists teach anatomy in the
exercise physiology curriculum? If so, is it necessary that they studied anatomy in their
doctorate program? If they did not study anatomy and/or dissect cadavers, is it
reasonable to expect them to know anatomy? If it is not reasonable, then, should the
exercise physiology doctorate curriculum change to better educate the students of the
21st century? After all, exercise physiologists are healthcare professionals and,
therefore, they must have the opportunity to study and dissect cadavers in the same way
that other healthcare professionals have. The power of anatomy in identifying the right
and the wrong way to lift weights, to increase range of motion, and to develop the
motor aspects of physical skills is testament to its importance. This requires exercise
physiology educators to take seriously the learning of anatomy as a dynamic basis for
solving health and athletic problems.
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