Course Description

BMEG442: Engineering Exercise and Sports is a technical elective offered in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Delaware.

This course integrates material across engineering, physiology, and exercise science disciplines and has three main themes:

  • Defining Exercise- an overview of the acute changes and chronic adaptations to resistance and endurance training from a local and systemic perspective ranging from the cellular to whole body scale.  Emphasis will be on the following physiologic systems: metabolism, musculoskeletal, nervous, cardiovascular, and respiratory.
  • Measuring Exercise- how do we take the indicators of exercise previously defined and use them to measure exercise?  Students will learn about how some of the commonly used tools to measure exercise work.
  • Designing Exercise Tools and Equipment- How do we design new tools to measure exercise or new equipment targeted to a particular population/disease/rehabilitation?  


Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students who apply themselves should be able to

  1. Describe acute responses and chronic adaptations to exercise.
  2. Explain how the technology used to measure exercise works.
  3. Design equipment/tools for exercise by applying core engineering principles.
  4. Critique misconceptions and literature in the field of exercise by using evidence.

In addition, this course will address the following ABET student outcomes:

  • 1. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  • 2. An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors 
  • 3. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  • 6. An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  • 7. An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies
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