Cindy Beck, ND

Allen J. Mauney

Office:  Sem II B3129

Office:  Sem II B 3108



Office hours:  by appointment

Office hours:  by appointment


Classroom      Sem II

Meeting time      M and W, 6 pm - 10   pm


Text           Biomechanics of Sport and Exercise, 2nd ed, P. McGinnis

Supplies       scientific calculator (about $10 - $15), quadrille paper


Program Description

Every athlete, whether the driven professional or the casual amateur, has to follow the same rules of the game and the same principles of fitness to compete successfully. But they also have to deal with exactly the same laws of physics that dictate how their bodies will move and how they can make baseballs, basketballs, hockey pucks, etc. do their bidding.  The Science of Sport is a two-quarter program covering the integration of physics and biomechanics in sport and exercise.

Studies will cover the basic human musculoskeletal system, how internal forces cause various motions in the body and how moving bodies interact with the external world. Material will be covered through lecture, discussion, seminar, with emphasis on labs and hands-on workshops. The class content will cover the physics of motion, momentum & energy, physiological and genetic factors relating to sport, as well as training techniques and nutritional guidelines for athletes.

In modern American professional sports, nearly every aspect of athletic performance is evaluated quantitatively and assessed statistically. Numerous books and endless discussion is devoted to deciding, based on some statistical measure, whether one player is better than another – witness the Barry Bonds phenomenon right now. We will take this opportunity to learn some basic statistics and apply that knowledge to the playing field and beyond.


Program Requirements


·        Excellent attendance and full participation in all program activities


·        Completed assignments turned in on time:


1.     Homework assignments will be assigned throughout the quarter. They will be announced in class, and posted on the web. Due dates will be noted on the assignments and if you cannot attend class when an assignment is due, you must email it to the instructor by midnight of that day. If you do not submit/complete assignments on time you will almost certainly lose credit.

 2.     Activity Journals. Each student will keep a journal of his or her chosen activity and class applications. These journals will be due on October 18 and December 6. Journals should contain analyses of activity, and direct application from class work. [I.e. in running: discuss acceleration during a morning run, when you noticed it, how long was it sustained, how would you calculate average velocity…] Journals should be typed, or at least neatly hand written. If you do not attend class, it will be very difficult to maintain a complete journal, as class content is what is to be applied in journal.

3.   Each student will be required to undertake a regular exercise regimen. This should include an aerobic activity and a component of strength and/or flexibility. Students will maintain an exercise log supplied by faculty.

4.       Students should plan to be on campus during evaluation week, Dec 11 – 15,  for their scheduled conference. All students are required to bring a self-evaluation to the meeting.


The faculty members shall assume that students have well-rounded college-level skills.  In case of deficiencies in basic skills, students are expected to work with the Learning Resources Center. 

In general, students are expected to fully participate in all aspects of the class, to thoroughly prepare for each class session, and to complete all assignments on time.  Late assignments may not be evaluated. Attendance and being on time for class are essential.  Unexcused absences, late, incomplete or unsatisfactory completion of assignments or plagiarism will constitute grounds for loss of credit.

Faculty are expected to be prepared for lectures and class sessions, to provide feedback on written assignments in a timely manner, to be available for consultation by appointment and to provide a written evaluation of the student’s overall work in the program.  Please refer to covenant for further details.



You will be evaluated on:

·        Attendance and participation in class;

·        Successful completion of all program requirements;

·        Demonstration of acceptable understanding of program content and learning goals;

·        Adherence to the agreements in the covenant


Incomplete status will be granted only for reasons of family crisis, illness, or similar emergencies.  Evaluation conferences will be held at the end of the quarter.  Credit is not the same as positive evaluation.  Students receive credit for fulfilling minimum requirements and standards.  The evaluation is a statement describing the quality of the student's work.  It is possible for a student to receive credit but receive an evaluation that describes poor quality work.  It is also possible for a student to attend regularly yet receive no or reduced credit because of unsatisfactory performance.

If you are a student with disability who would benefit from support or services to ensure full access to this course, please contact Access Services in Library 2120 in the Student Advising Center, PH:  360-867-6348.  In order for your program faculty to make accommodations, we must be informed no later than the second week of the quarter by the student and in writing from Access Services.


Be sure to use the program website – / All information and relevant documents – syllabus, covenant, calendar, – can be found or linked on the website.