• COURSE TITLE: Strength and Conditioning
    I. Instructor:
    Bonner D. Cunnings
    Email: BonnerCunnings@MaderaUSD.org
    Office phone: 559.675.4444  
    Credit Value 5.0
    Prerequisite: Sport participation, or instructor approval. Required for varsity athletes.
    Grading: Letter (A, B, C, D, F)
    II. Catalog Description:
    The study and application of the fundamentals of health and fitness across the lifespan.
    III. Purpose of the Course:
    This course is designed to examine the true definition of health and life wellness by improving the entire person. Participants will learn the meaning of physical fitness, mental-emotional fitness, and moral fitness. Students will examine the aspects of human wellness, with the purpose of improving sport performance, and finding life long fitness.
    IV. Course Goals:
    The goals of this course are to:
    1. Provide students with an understanding of the health continuum; Sickness-to Wellness-to Fitness in all domains of living: physical health, mental health, emotional health, & moral health.
    2. Encourage students t realize the value of good decision making, find and maintain positive relationships, see the value of living a life of service for others.
    3. Promote an awareness of nutrition, rest, substance use/abuse; and how these factors greatly contribute to effective living and learning.
    4. Develop and master the fundamentals of metabolic/ physical conditioning through gymnastic body control, weight training, sprinting, plyometrics, and sport.
    5. Apply cutting edge research literature & principles in the area of anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, and exercise science.
    6. Thoroughly investigate the qualities of effective leadership and the definition of being a champion.
    V. Course Objectives (Student Learning Outcomes):
    At the completion of this course, the students will be able to:
    1. Define and describe sickness, wellness, and fitness through its measures: blood pressure, body fat, bone density, triglycerides, good and bad cholesterol, flexibility, muscle mass, and dozens of other common measures of health.
    2. Describe the role of positive choices in effective living and leadership of others.
    3. List the essential elements of proper nutrition & rest and the adverse effects of alcohol, marijuana, street drugs, steroids, and sport enhancement drugs.
    4. Individually test and chart progress of the Power & Olympic lifts.
    5. Become proficient in the fundamental movements of Gymnastic body control.
    6. Analyze, and implement the correct body mechanics involved in: running, sprinting, jumping, and throwing.
    7. Define the relationship between competition and cooperation in sport and exercise settings; “re-defining” the words champion and athlete.
    8. Describe the value of healthy relationships and their importance in overall well being.
    9. Identify a common code of conduct that respects all mankind.
    10. Analyze, evaluate, and implement the emotional discipline of the martial artist.
    11. Define character, sportsmanship, moral reasoning and moral behavior.
    12. Define the three metabolic pathways that provide the energy for all human action (phosphagen pathway, glycolytic pathway, and oxidative pathway).
    13. Develop and become competent in each of these metabolic “engines” or pathways.
    14. Identify the impact of the most common fault in fitness training; excessively favoring the oxidative pathway.
    15. Demonstrate knowledge and comprehension of human anatomy, physiology, and kinesiology.
    16. Describe the role of exercise in the reduction of anxiety, depression, and the increase of energy.
    17. Describe the influence of exercise on personality and quality of life.
    18. Describe a regimen that will develop fitness in specific recognized general physical skills: strength, flexibility, power, coordination, agility, balance, and accuracy.
    19. Define overtraining, staleness, plateaus, and burnout.
    20. Define imagery and describe the factors that influence imagery effectiveness.
    21. Compare different types and functions of imagery in sport and exercise.
    22. Define and explain self-confidence and how expectations influence performance.
    23. Describe common methods for building self-confidence in sport and exercise.
    24. Describe, analyze, and evaluate the effectiveness and principles of goal setting.
    25. Explain group structure and how to create an effective team climate.
    VI. Educational Opportunities:
    Guided group activities and discussion; Lecture; Appropriate videos; Guest speakers (athletes, coaches, consultants, graduate students)
    VII. Evaluation Procedures:
    A. Grading Criteria
     Assignment    Date Points
     1. Class Participation & Challenge Activities Weekly (35 in school year) 50 points ea. (1750)
     2. Research Article Summary    Monthly (9 in school year) 100 points ea. (900)
    1. Class Participation & Challenge Activities
    Each student is given 50 points at the beginning of the week. These points are considered class participation points. If a student is absent (thus missing in-class participation, discussion, or assignment) a score of 10 points will be subtracted for each day missed. If the student does not dress out, but participates, they will be deducted 10 points (we are 
    encouraging personal hygiene). If the student dresses but does not participate, they will be deducted 5 points.
    Students are expected to attend each class session as if they were fulfilling their appointment with a personal trainer. Because this is a participation based course the way to “make up” a workout session is during the P.E. intervention session at the end of any period of the day. A written note is required from that P.E. intervention instructor, proving that you attended.
    2. Life Fitness Summary
    Each student is to prepare a typed summary of the LIFE FITNESS topic covered each month. The summary must show a firm understanding of the issues discussed. Students that do not turn in a typed response each month will receive zero points for that month in the summary category.
    The purpose of the papers will be to identify and describe the purpose of the LIFE TOPICS covered, and how they relate to every day life wellness.
    The papers must be typed in 12 point font, double spaced, with one inch margins, and not to exceed 3 pages. Include a separate title page with your name and the topic of the month. The research article summary is worth 100 points and will be assessed on content, accuracy, clarity and grammar. GRADING- An automatic 5 point deduction will be made if more than 5 grammatical errors are found. An automatic 5 point deduction will be made for an incorrect title page, as well as for going over 3 pages.
    3. Tests
    Seven test weeks will occur during the length of this course. Approximately five days each month, at 30 minutes each class, will be devoted to testing the physical fitness of the student. The exams will include a thorough examination of every physical skill being taught in this course: Strength, Flexibility, Power, Speed, Coordination, Agility, Balance, Body Composition, and Accuracy.
    Full participation in the test week will result in full credit. Performance will not be evaluated by grade.
    C. Grading Scale
    90-100% of total points = A
    80-89% of total points = B
    70-79% of total points = C
    60-69% of total points = D
    0-59% of total points = F
    VIII. Resources:
    Required Text/Supplies:
    A large water bottle (64 oz. or more)
    Cleats (any type that will prevent slipping during grass drills)
    Nutrition Guidelines for Student Athletes (found on MHS Teachers-Bonner Cunnings Website)
    Subject to Change
    This syllabus and schedule are subject to change in the event of extenuating circumstances. If you are absent from class, it is your responsibility to check on announcements made while you were absent.
Last Modified on July 21, 2014