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29 May 2014 @ 06:20 am
Not even the chair  
Lingua Franca points out that The Washington Post erroneously referred to the “chairman of the department of exercise science” when the correct title is “chair of the department of exercise science.” I erroneously guessed that the department of exercise science is something a university makes up so that its jocks can claim to major in something.
Marissa Lingen: think so do ya?mrissa on May 29th, 2014 10:57 am (UTC)
Yes, you did. That's some of who majors in exercise science, but their biomechanics people have to do all kinds of interesting joint physics including the materials stresses on the various tendons, ligaments, etc. One of them was a group project partner for my diff equs project, and I will happily leap to her defense as having a real major where she studied real things, having actually looked into it. I mean, sure, some schools have idiots who get through on fake courses in an ES major, but some schools have psych and English majors that work that way, too.
El Coyote Gordo: actualsupergee on May 29th, 2014 12:56 pm (UTC)
That's very interesting. Thank you.
A Wandering Hobbit: new gym iconredbird on May 29th, 2014 04:30 pm (UTC)
I suspect that exercise science is another place where people are learning some useful things (about how muscles work, how exercise affects health, what not to do, etc.), but a lot of it is still done on intuition, cultural shared prejudices like "no pain, no gain," or an individual coach or personal trainer saying "in my experience" as the basis for their advice (I've heard those called the three deadliest words in medicine).