Traditional Kinesiology: the Dynamics of Human Movement
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Traditional Kinesiology: the Dynamics of Human Movement

Author(s): Timothy Agnew

2CE credits 6 Lessons Text

The athlete, moving against gravity, propels the body using powerful muscles, while the surgeon must remain calm and only use the delicate hand and eye muscles to perform heart surgery. The ballet dancer traverses the stage as though floating inches above it. These are all examples of the dynamics of human movement, and kinesiology is the study of that human movement.

While massage therapists are required to take a certain amount of class hours in kinesiology, many more hours are required to understand the science behind it. Take a deeper look at how human movement is a vital component to helping people heal.

Massage therapists, explore advanced muscle movement and make muscle anatomy clearer by focusing on muscle action. When you have completed this course you will be able to:

  • Define kinesiology;       
  • Define the major contributions to kinesiology made by Aristotle, Da Vinci and Newton;
  • Describe human movement in terms of muscle tissue, contraction, type and fiber;
  • List three movement planes for the human body;
  • Describe the muscles used and common movement injuries for a ballet dancer, a baseball pitcher, a runner and a surgeon.

  1. Kinesiology
  2. Anatomy and Movement
  3. Movement Analysis Example 1: The Ballet Dancer
  4. Movement Analysis Example 2: The Runner
  5. Movement Analysis Example 3: The Baseball Pitcher
  6. Movement Analysis Example 4: The Surgeon

Timothy Agnew, BA, graduated from the University of South Florida, where he studied kinesiology and exercise science. He completed the ATC (Athletic Trainer Certified) course requirements under the guidance of BarryUniversityin Miami. He has spent the last twelve years studying biomechanics as it relates to human movement, including the Active Isolated Stretching protocols outlined in his book, Dynamic Flexibility, and video, CFTE: Assisted Clinical Flexibility. He is owner of Intent Publications, which offers dynamic seminars and multimedia to massage therapists and health care professionals nationwide. He has a private practice in Sarasota, Florida. He can be contacted at and