Ch 41: Understanding & Assessing Fitness

About This Chapter

Use these lessons to review facts about the mechanical operation of the body, such as the role of ligaments and tendons. Renew your knowledge regarding how to measure body fat and determine a person's optimal weight.

Understanding & Assessing Fitness - Chapter Summary

The lessons in this chapter offer a refresher look at how the body moves, with information on ligaments, tendons and pivot joints. Our instructors will explain isometric and isotonic contraction and describe the importance of flexibility.

You'll find out more about how to determine body fat and the formula for the body mass index (BMI). After completing these lessons, you'll have a better understanding of topics including:

  • Definition and types of ligaments
  • The function of tendons
  • Stretches and exercises for flexibility
  • Types of pivot joints
  • Isometric and isotonic contraction
  • How to determine optimal weight
  • Definition of BMI and how to calculate it

These lessons average about five minutes in length and are taught by experts who make learning fun with plenty of examples and animations. If you have questions, you can contact the instructors through our message board. Every video is followed by a short quiz that allows you to assess your learning. If you want to revisit a specific part of the lesson, our Timeline includes clickable links that let you jump right back to the section you need to review.

7 Lessons in Chapter 41: Understanding & Assessing Fitness
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What Are Ligaments? - Definition & Types

1. What Are Ligaments? - Definition & Types

Your bones are held together by ligaments. In this lesson, you will learn about the structure of ligaments and discover the very important role they play in the body.

What Is a Tendon? - Anatomy & Definition

2. What Is a Tendon? - Anatomy & Definition

Simply put, tendons connect your muscles to your bones. In this lesson, we will go deep inside your body to examine the complex structure of tendons and learn more about the important role these tissues play in skeletal movement.

Flexibility in Fitness: Definition, Stretches & Exercises

3. Flexibility in Fitness: Definition, Stretches & Exercises

Flexibility is important in fitness because it allows for better performance when playing sports or exercising, and during your day-to-day activities, it makes bending, walking, and lifting easier. In this lesson, you will learn how stretching and certain types of exercises can help improve flexibility.

Pivot Joints in the Body: Types & Examples

4. Pivot Joints in the Body: Types & Examples

Did you know that whenever you turn your head, you are using a pivot joint? In this lesson, you will learn about the types of joints in your body and specifically about how pivot joints function and where they are located.

Isometric and Isotonic Contraction: Definition and Examples

5. Isometric and Isotonic Contraction: Definition and Examples

Did you know that muscles can contract and not move your limbs? This lesson describes the nature of both isometric and isotonic skeletal muscle contraction. Examples are utilized to help you understand how this works.

Determining Body Fat Content: Reliable Options & Optimal Weight

6. Determining Body Fat Content: Reliable Options & Optimal Weight

Many measurements and tests exist to determine your approximate body fat percentage and whether or not your body composition is of healthy proportions. Some of the well-known techniques are going to be the topic of discussion in this lesson.

What is BMI? - Definition, Formula & Calculation

7. What is BMI? - Definition, Formula & Calculation

In this lesson, the term body mass index (BMI) will be defined, and we'll explore the formula to calculate a person's BMI. Several different examples can assist you in learning this concept. Finally, a few examples of how to use BMI in the health care world will be described.

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