Currently, I am at the point in my education where almost every single class I take is so interesting and important. This is mainly because I choose classes that I think will benefit me the most, but also because I have fulfilled all of my general education requirements (not saying general education classes aren’t interesting, they just tend to be a tad drier than other classes). When you’re in your fifth year of school the choices of classes start to get slim, especially if you are trying to keep within disciplines that will benefit you in the future. Two classes this semester have peaked my interest and will aid in my future in grad school and beyond.
Mental Health Issues with Elaine deMello is one of the best classes I’ve taken in a long time. The class has about ten people in it, small classes allow for more creative and in depth discussion hearing points from everyone in cla
ss. A wide range of material has been covered so far in this class, but what really drew me in was a better look at recognizing the signs and symptoms of
various mental illnesses. Asa project for the class we had to help put together a health education/promotion event and my project was broken into two parts: Mental Illness Awareness Event on October 10th and Suicide Prevention/Survivor of Suicide Loss Speaker on November 14th. Both events featured speakers from the counseling center that helps us to realize ‘no problem is too small’ and resources for various situations were offered as well.
Mental health in general is an interesting topic to me, but what is even more interesting is that in the sports world, mental health is typically put on the back burner. Recognizing behavioral changes is a simple way an athletic trainer can make a difference in the lives of athletes and this class has given a solid overview of the changes that could be potentially from a ment
al health disorder. Athletes and coaches are so focused on physical health they may sometimes forget that mental health is just as important. In hopes that
someday I will be an athletic trainer, I look to help make a major shift in the sports world, advocating for the mental health of athletes as well as the physical health because they are equally important and inversely related.
Exercise physiology is one of the most fascinating topics, how the body systems work when exercising is so pertinent to my future education and career, if I didn’t find it interesting I’d be slightly worried. Dr. Michael Brian has not made this class easy in any sense, but a challenge is always good. Numerous topics in this class interest me, but none more that the
physiological adaptations the body can make during exercise training program, specifically the heart. The heart can change in many ways when a person undergoes a training program, especially an aerobic training program.
The human body is such an incredible machine, it can adapt to almost any environment it is put in, so it shouldn’t surprise me how many adaptations it undergoes during training programs. Adaptations occur across many systems but the heart to me is the most fascinating. A strong heart will ensure that lifespan will be increased; aerobic training programs strengthen the heart and facilitate muscle growth. Aerobic training also d
ecreases heart rate and blood pressure which can help to achieve overall wellness. Knowing what sort of stresses are being placed on the body systems during exercise and how these stresses benefit overall wellness is something I have been studying for a long time now, and it never loses my interest. When working in sports medicine one must understand what is happening in the body at all times during exercise, and this class is giving me all the information I could need.
Both these topics relate to each other and to my program and future goals because physical and mental health work together to create a better sense of overall wellness. Mental health is an underdeveloped facet to sports medicine, but it is on the rise, and I hope to have an influence on that someday when I’m working with athletes. Without the knowledge of energy systems and how the heart functions during exercise it would be much harder to create training programs for specific sports and athletes. Both these classes are not only providing me with viable information for the future, but they are also generally interesting and I would recommend them to any health or sports science majors.