Kinesiology

Most material to be acquired will be in English, with some French and German. In order to maintain the collection in comparative sport, kinesiology and dance, a quantity of foreign language material must be acquired.
 
The collection policy of the Department of Kinesiology is intended to provide guidelines for the acquisition and maintenance of the library collections relevant to the ongoing interests of the Department, the University and the community. Specifically the collections policy is concerned with the provision of materials necessary to support the following areas:
  • Undergraduate Kinesiology theory courses
  • Undergraduate Kinesiology practicum courses
  • Graduate program in Human Biodynamics (M.Sc., Ph.D)
  • Research activities of the faculty.

 

Material comes primarily from Canada, the United States and other Commonwealth countries. Material should be acquired from other areas in the future, specifically, English language publications from Communist block countries and bioscience publications from European countries such as Sweden and Germany.

Emphasis is mainly on currently published material, although some material back to 1800 is warranted in order to maintain the collection in the history of sport and kinesiology, and the history of dance.

Material is to be collected within the following guidelines:
  • Books and monographs: Emphasis of collections policy is to focus upon the purchase of currently produced books, although out-of-print books and reprints are also to be collected. Increasingly these latter purchases will be in microform.
  • Periodicals: Current and backfile periodicals are to be acquired, the latter in microform where advisable.
  • Theses and dissertations: These acquisitions are generally in microform.
  • Other materials: Government documents, proceedings of national and international conferences and symposia, and the like are to be collected.
  • Laboratory manuals and workbooks: These are generally pertinent for physiology, kinesiology, anatomy and motor learning. Durable editions are to be collected, but care should be taken to avoid non-durable, short-lived editions (see below).

Introduction:

      Kinesiology at McMaster includes a focus upon both the academic, or disciplinary, and professional aspects of the field as well as Experiential Education. The application of pertinent information to practicum is also considered. Attention must be accorded to the research and practicum-based interests of the students and faculty.

      In addition, the academic interests of the Department are interdisciplinary in nature, encompassing the arts and humanities, business, social sciences, historical, biological or natural sciences and the paramedical sciences.

 

Adapted Kinesiology (B)

      The study and application of physical activity adapted for populations with specific needs.

 

Adherence (B)

      Study of processes by which people maintain a long-term pattern of a behaviour (e.g., how do people maintain an exercise program once they have started? How do people stick to taking their prescribed medications day in and day out?)

 

Aesthetics of Sport and Dance (B)

      An inquiry into the search for meaning through human involvement in non-verbal expressions of sport and dance.

 

Anatomy (B)

      The study of and practical work with the bones, joints and muscles of the human locomotor system and the structure of the organs and tissues of the remaining body systems.

 

Behavioural Medicine (B)

      Study of how people's behaviour influences their health, and examines approaches for getting people to change their behaviour in order to derive health benefits or to reduce health risk.

 

Biomechanics (B)

      The application of physical laws and neurophysiological principles to the study of the human body at rest or in motion.

 

Body, Mind, Spirit (B)

      The interaction of body, mind, and spirit in daily life. The notion of a spiritual path.

 

Coaching (B)

      The application of the skills, theories and principles of kinesiology to sport competition.

 

Comparative Kinesiology and Sport (B)

      An examination of contemporary kinesiology and international sports competition in other cultures.

 

Dance and Popular Culture (B)

      Contemporary issues and style in dance, such as club dance, break dance, hip hop, "rave" culture.

 

Dance History (B)

      The record of events in dance from primitive man to the present.

 

Ergogenic Aids (B)

      An ergogenic aid defined is any substance and/or practice that is used to enhance or improve athletic performance via increases in strength, speed, endurance and/or mental functioning. Ergogenic aids may also be loosely defined as substances that may improve health. A commonly used synonym is Nutraceutical.

 

Ergonomics (B)

      Human factors and ergonomics are synonymous terms that describe the study of the interaction of humans with human-made products and environments. The focus of study is how the efficiency of human system fits with the requirements for using human-made products, and in particular, how human error arises when the fit is less than optimal.

 

Exercise Psychology (B)

      Study of how health affects and is affected by people's thoughts, feelings, and behaviour. Captures things like the effects of exercise on depression and anxiety, motivation for exercise, the effects of social processes on exercise behaviour, promoting exercise.

 

Health Behaviour Change (B)

      Study of strategies for changing people's negative health behaviours (smoking, drinking, drug use, failure to exercise, health-risk behaviour).

 

Health Education (B)

      The study of the health needs, interests and problems of children and youth and adults.

 

Health Promotion (B)

      Study of strategies for promoting healthy lifestyles at both the individual and the community levels.

 

Health Psychology (B)

      Study of how health affects and is affected by people's thoughts, feelings, and behaviour. Captures things like stress, health behaviour change (smoking cessation, dieting), substance use and abuse, coping with chronic disease, etc.

 

Holistic Health (B)

      Factors affecting the total health of humans.

 

Human Factors (B)

      Human factors and ergonomics are synonymous terms that describe the study of the interaction of humans with human-made products and environments. The focus of study is how the efficiency of human system fits with the requirements for using human-made products, and in particular, how human error arises when the fit is less than optimal.

 

Measurement and Evaluation of Physical Activity (C)

      Processes used to acquire qualitative and/or quantitative data in the study and evaluation of human motor performance.

 

Motor Control (B)

      The role of the brain and nervous system in controlling reflex and voluntary movements.

 

Motor Development (B)

      A study of physical growth patterns and the manner in which human beings develop perceptual motor abilities.

 

Motor Learning (B)

      Motor learning is the study of how motor skills are acquired with practice, retained in the absence of practice, and transferred in order that tasks that have not been specifically practised can be performed skilfully.

 

Nutrition (B)

      The science of foods and the nutrients and other substances they contain, and of their actions in the body. These actions include, but are not limited to, ingestions, digestion, absorption, transport, metabolism, and excretion. A broader definition includes the social, economic, cultural, and psychological implications of food and eating.

 

Outdoor Education (B)

      Instructive curriculum in outdoor education and environmental studies.

 

Philosophy of Kinesiology and Sport (B)

      An examination of value assumptions encompassing various aspects of kinesiology and sport.

 

Physiology of Exercise (B)

      The study of the efforts of the exercise state on the homeostasis of the living organism. These effects may be studied both acutely (i.e. the immediate adaptation encountered during exercise) and chronically (i.e. the long-term effects of exercise or "physiological training").

 

Psycho-Motor Behaviour (B)

      Application of principles of motor learning and of psychological factors to the study of human movement.

 

Psychology and Social Psychology of Sport (B)

      The study of personality factors and small group behaviour as they relate to behaviour in sport situations.

 

Psychology of Dance (B)

      The teaching and learning environment for dance. Strategies to enhance creative process and dance composition. Aspects of dance performance.

 

Recreation and Leisure (B)

      Investigation of behaviour which the individual freely chooses for the primary purpose of self-satisfaction.

 

Sociology of Dance (B)

     Social factors affecting dance, both in the professional world of dance and in larger contexts such as diverse cultural settings.

 

Sociology of Health and Exercise (B)

      Issues to do with the role that health and exercise play in society. Examines different ways of looking at health and exercise and the ways that opportunities to pursue health and physical activity are unevenly distributed across different social groups.

 

Special Populations (B)

      Special populations include all groups of children or adults who may require special adaptations and/or assistive devices for participation in physical activity or integration into the educational system.

 

Sport and Culture (B)

      Issues to do with the dialectical interrelationship between sport and other components of culture (from everyday life to high culture). Looks at how sport affects and is affected by other areas of social life.

 

Sport and Gender (B)

      Issues to do with the relationship between sport and gender. Covers processes of discrimination. Also considers how sport helps in the process of socialization into certain types of masculinity and femininity.

 

Sport and Kinesiology Administration (B)

      Theoretical bases and task specifics of administrative practices relevant to sport and physical activity.

 

Sport History (B)

      The record of sports events from primitive man to the present, examined from a sociocultural orientation.

 

Sport Management (B)

      Sport, recreation and leisure management -- includes aspects of the design of organizations and programs and the ways in which they function to meet their missions which tend to focus on:

  • improving people's access to sport and physical activity and quality of life experience as part of active living, sport and leisure for all, and
  • professional sport as part of the entertainment and industry. Topics can be of socio-managerial nature (i.e., organizational behaviour -- communications, motivations, conflict resolution) organizational design (technology, structure, environment) as well as issues of policy, liability, marketing, facilities.

 

Sport Sociology (B)

      The application of theories and models from sociology to study the patterns of human social behaviour in situations involving sport and physical activity.

 

Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation (B)

      The study of three constituent sectors; applied physiology, sports-surgery, and clinical medicine.

      Topics can be of socio-managerial nature (i.e., organizational behaviour -- communications, motivations, conflict resolution) organizational design (technology, structure, environment) as well as issues of policy, liability, marketing, facilities.

 

Activities (D)

      Practical application of principles in the social-psychological and biological aspects of physical activity.

 

Aquatics

Basic Aquatics
Aquatic Games
Skin and Scuba
Competitive Swimming
Synchronized Swimming

Fitness

Aquatic Fitness and Conditioning
Fitness and Conditioning
Weight Training

Individual and Dual Sports

Archery Basketball
Badminton Games
Golf Field Hockey
Gymnastics
Squash
Tennis
Track and Field
Wrestling

Team Sports

Basketball
Games
Field Hockey
Football
Hockey
Soccer
Volleyball
Rugby

Outdoor Activities

Canoeing
Orienteering
DARE
Adventure I Dynamics (AID)
Cross-Country Skiing
Wilderness Canoeing
Rock Climbing
Sailing
Winter Camp
Summer Camp

Movement Arts

Mime
Mind-body Practices
Yoga

Field Work Placements

Adaptives
Cardiac Rehabilitation
Coaching
Outdoor Education
Sport administration

Dance

Ballet
Break Dance
Folk
Hip Hop
Modern
Social
Jazz
Historical Dance
Dance in Musical Theatre

Science and Engineering

Due to their fragile nature, some materials are not to be collected. This includes pamphlets, ephemera, and non-durable workbooks (see last point noted above).