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Tag Archive: physiology

  1. Anatomy and Physiology Learning in the 21st century


    Here are some free resources that may help you get to grips with learning your anatomy and physiology.

    Introduction Level

    BBC GSCE Bitesize – GCSE revision guide

    BBC Learning – links to various revision guides and other information

    Exercise PhysiologyBasic physiology

    Heart & Circulation – Basic animations

    Teaching Resources

    Ken Hub anatomy : good series of videos breaking anatomy down into sections.

    TES Teaching resources under all topics for all ages (you need to register for free)

    Intermediate Level

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology – College level courses from Biology to weightlifting

     Video Lectures

    UC Berkeley – Biology video series 39 videos

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology – Introduction to Biology series 34 videos

    Coursera Great variety of online courses running for 4-6 weeks and more. I recently did the Exercise Physiology course (review here) which was very in depth.

    There are more ways to learn than going to University.

    There are many ways to learn, and paying £30,000 to sit in a lecture hall with 200 other students 6 hours a week, for 90 weeks total may be a bit too much to swallow.

  2. Channelling the Competitive Streak

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    I was speaking to a couple of young athletes last week on how they were faring, and how they adjust to learning new skills. Both gave examples of when they were returning from a layoff, or trying to practice a new skill but then being put into competition with other players. The dilemma is trying get better for the long term, but not wanting to lose in the short term.

    The secret is to channel that competitive urge into the skill itself, or to do drills that put that skill into practice without being destructive to the overall process.

    I try and get the competitive spirit going in every session – but for the athlete to compete with themselves. In groups it is difficult,  because you want everyone to get better and to set their own standards- not just being the best of that small group. That is harder for the best people- just think of being the number 1 downhill skier in Great Britain- where does that leave you in World Rankings?

    Other athletes I train do not want to try anything new or that is out of their comfort zone because they don’t want to come 2nd- I don’t think they will make it to the big leagues in the long term.

    (Thanks to Max, Flo and Angela for the insights).