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SCI 39 — Exercise Theory and Design for Health and Performance

Quarter: Summer
Day(s): Thursdays
Course Format: On-campus
Duration: 5 weeks
Date(s): Jul 19—Aug 16
Time: 6:30—9:00 pm
Drop Deadline: Aug 1
Unit: 1
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Tuition: $350
Addtl. Fee: $5 (non-refundable)
Limit: 65
Instructor(s): Clyde Wilson
Status: Open
6:30—9:00 pm
Jul 19—Aug 16
5 weeks
Drop By
Aug 1
1 Unit
Addtl. Fee: $5 (non-refundable)
Grade Restriction
No letter grade
Clyde Wilson
Human movement and exercise can increase quality of life through improved immunity, sleep, energy, metabolism, psychological state, longevity (meaning disease-risk reduction), and the improved function of tissues such as bone, nerve, joint, and muscle. This course covers movement at the large (anatomical) and small (cellular) scale, both of which are essential to exercise design. We will highlight what the scientific literature says about the impact human movement has on health and performance parameters so that exercise can be targeted to specific goals. We will also develop a simple approach for applying this information to our lives, helping students to develop personalized exercise programs with an enhanced understanding of the fundamental processes involved. Topics covered will include anatomy, the neural control of movement, how muscles contract and become damaged during exercise, and the recovery and adaptation process.

Grade restriction: No letter grade. This course includes a non-refundable materials fee of $5 to be paid at the time of registration.

Clyde Wilson, Research Associate, Biochemistry, UC San Francisco

Clyde Wilson has taught nutrition and human movement courses in Stanford’s Department of Athletics, and food pharmacology in the Stanford and UC San Francisco medical schools for many years. Wilson currently teaches kinesiology (the theory of human movement) within the Program in Human Biology at Stanford and is a director at the Sports Medicine Institute, a nonprofit. He received a PhD in chemistry from Stanford.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.