What is human movement?

by frank-stuart
30MAR

You may have seen human movement courses offered at a number of educational institutions, but what is human movement? In simple terms, human movement is the scientific study of how the human body works, with a particular focus on improving the workings of the human body for sport, fitness and wellbeing. It covers the physiological, biomechanical and psychological systems of the body.

A sound understanding of human movement is essential for anyone involved in the sports science or fitness industry. Having an in-depth knowledge of the anatomy of the human body and how it works is the basis for knowing how to increase athletic performance, treat injuries, implement rehabilitation programs, boost fitness, provide clinical advice and help create a general sense of wellbeing.

Types of human movement roles

Studying human movement can lead to a number of jobs, including:

  • Physiotherapist
  • Sports coach
  • Personal trainer
  • Occupational therapist
  • Health administrator
  • Rehabilitation officer
  • Performance analyst
  • Massage therapist
  • Dietician
  • Nutritionist
  • Physical education teacher
  • Physiologist
  • Recreation officer

Human Movement Courses

A degree in human movement, such as the Bachelor of Health and Movement (Sport) offered by ACPE, will cover a wide range of issues surrounding human movement, and equip you with the necessary skills to gain a job in the industry.

The ACPE course is both theoretical and practical. Students will develop a fundamental knowledge of the science of human movement with theory-based subjects, and also learn how to apply that knowledge in practical situations.

You can tailor the course towards the career path you want to take. If you’re interested in becoming a physical education teacher, you can also do a Graduate Diploma in Education at ACPE. Teaching physical education can be extremely rewarding, and these days there are a number of schools with highly professional sports programs and facilities that are considered crucial to the athletic development of students.

If you’re more interested in high performance coaching, you may consider adding a Graduate Diploma of Athletic Performance to your human movement degree. Athletic Performance focuses on getting the most out of athletes, whether it be performing open skills or closed skills. Open skills are those that are required when confronted with a situation that is unexpected or out of your control, like avoiding a tackle in a football match or pulling a short-pitched delivery in cricket. A closed skill is something you have complete control over, like a golf stroke or a tennis serve.

You might be more interested in the business side of the sports industry. ACPE offers a Graduate Diploma of Sports Administration which, combined with a human movement degree, can make you a highly employable person. As a sports administrator you could find yourself in the office of a major sporting club or the sports and recreation department of a government agency.

If any of these roles interest you, discover a career in human movement at ACPE >

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