Human Kinetics Articles News and Excerpts en 2008 Fri, 21 Sep 2018 05:04:30 CST 1440 Affino 5 RSS Generator Visualize lung movement to improve your breathing <div style="display:block;"> <div id="ItemTeaser1" style="float:left;"> Visualizing how and where the lungs move when you inhale helps improve your breathing. The lungs expand outward during inhalation, but they also slide into available space between folded layers of parietal pleura. </div> </div> Wed, 19 Sep 2018 06:18:00 +0000 Strengthening and Stretching Routine for the Diaphragm <div style="display:block;"> <div id="ItemTeaser2" style="float:left;"> The diaphragm needs its own designated stretching and strengthening routine, just like any other muscle. The diaphragm moves downward when you inhale, expanding the lungs and creating a vacuum. </div> </div> Wed, 19 Sep 2018 06:09:00 +0000 How your upper body is designed for breathing <div style="display:block;"> <div id="ItemTeaser3" style="float:left;"> The first water-living animals breathed through their skin. This method worked fine if they were small enough and plenty of flowing water was available. </div> </div> Wed, 19 Sep 2018 05:10:00 +0000 Movement and Brain Development in Infants <div style="display:block;"> <div id="ItemTeaser4" style="float:left;"> A baby does the BrainDance naturally in the first 12 months of life, as long as it is placed on a smooth, uncarpeted floor. </div> </div> Mon, 17 Sep 2018 04:59:00 +0000 Reflective Teaching in Dance Education <div style="display:block;"> <div id="ItemTeaser5" style="float:left;"> Reflecting about one’s teaching practice is an important part of being a dance educator as well as a learner. An effective teacher prepares a personal mission statement and writes lesson goals based on this statement. </div> </div> Mon, 17 Sep 2018 04:54:00 +0000 Movement is important to early brain development <div style="display:block;"> <div id="ItemTeaser6" style="float:left;"> When people dance, they move in a constant interplay of flexion and extension. They close and open, contract and expand, shrink and grow, gather and scatter, yield and reach, collapse and burst, plié and relevé, and fold and stretch. </div> </div> Mon, 17 Sep 2018 04:52:00 +0000 Activity trackers: are they accurate for estimating energy expenditure? <div style="display:block;"> <div id="ItemTeaser7" style="float:left;"> Being able to track energy (caloric) expenditure is of great importance for those pursuing weight loss and weight maintenance goals. But the technology to track energy expenditure (EE) with a high degree of accuracy is still lacking. </div> </div> Mon, 17 Sep 2018 04:14:00 +0000 Blood pressure-related smartphone apps <div style="display:block;"> <div id="ItemTeaser8" style="float:left;"> There are no fewer than 100 hypertension-related apps available for download (Kumar et al. 2015). Most of them allow users to track their BP, BMI, and body weight by entering the data into their smartphones. </div> </div> Mon, 17 Sep 2018 04:12:00 +0000 Using technology to increase physical activity at work <div style="display:block;"> <div id="ItemTeaser9" style="float:left;"> Active workstations (e.g., treadmill desks or pedal desks) and adjustable-height work surfaces that allow employees to stand (sit-stand desks) are becoming more commonplace. </div> </div> Mon, 17 Sep 2018 04:09:00 +0000 Entertaining events that promote your facility <div style="display:block;"> <div id="ItemTeaser10" style="float:left;"> Municipal facilities and small corporate facilities that have tight budgets may not be able to hire quality musical entertainment or performers. That’s OK, because I propose that there’s a fail-safe way to entertain your guests without the expense of professional entertainers. </div> </div> Thu, 30 Aug 2018 10:19:00 +0000 Building a web presence for your facility <div style="display:block;"> <div id="ItemTeaser11" style="float:left;"> Some will say it has never been easier, faster, and more effective to reach customers since the creation of the World Wide Web. On the other hand, I feel it has also never been more time consuming, challenging, and cumbersome. </div> </div> Thu, 30 Aug 2018 10:16:00 +0000 Creating excitement for your project <div style="display:block;"> <div id="ItemTeaser12" style="float:left;"> Once your aquatics project is approved, you will enter the design phase for the facility. Be sure to go back to the work you did through the public process, focus groups, and surveys, and do your best to keep your promises. </div> </div> Thu, 30 Aug 2018 10:11:00 +0000 The anatomy of flying <div style="display:block;"> <div id="ItemTeaser13" style="float:left;"> A player will experience multiple changes of tempo when playing. It is important to be able to change tempo and achieve maximum speed as quickly as possible, but it is also important to improve that top speed. </div> </div> Tue, 28 Aug 2018 05:37:00 +0000 Executing the Heiden Squat <div style="display:block;"> <div id="ItemTeaser14" style="float:left;"> Hockey, and specifically skating, relies on joint angles. The Heiden squat puts the lower extremities into an extreme position. </div> </div> Tue, 28 Aug 2018 05:34:00 +0000 Strength, power, speed, and agility on the ice <div style="display:block;"> <div id="ItemTeaser15" style="float:left;"> Strength—resisting or imposing a force—is essential for a variety of reasons and critical to the success of hockey athletes. </div> </div> Tue, 28 Aug 2018 05:31:00 +0000