Well, I have some perspective for you, but I need to tell you about me first so it makes sense.
I started out double majoring in Journalism and Public Relations. I had just gotten my NSCA-CPT cert before the fall classes started, and I’m working on my CSCS now. Naturally, taking college courses in biomechanics and kinesiology would make sense since I needed more electives. So, I took Treatment of Athletic Injuries, Anatomy, and Nutrition for Sports.
I’m hoping it’s just my school, but it was a clusterfuck of heavily outdated information.
The nutrition course was Grade A, 100% dietitian bullshit. They were saying shit like recommending no more than 75g of protein, even for very active strength athletes like football players, and advocating low-fat diets for fat loss. The anatomy course was useful (although the teacher didn’t know how to teach) and the treatment course was well-taught, but the textbook and the materials were all at least 10 years old.
Academia usually comes up with theory first, and then it works it’s way into the professional world. It’s backwards with anything related to kinesiology, biomechanics, or exercise physiology though. The shit that guys like Poliquin, Cosgrove, Tate, and Simmons have been saying for years won’t be taught in classrooms for a while, because it’s too much of a departure from the safe norms, which are currently a joke.
All I can say is the piece of paper might be worth it, but be ready for four years of pulling your hair out. [/quote]
lol that’s exactly what I think could be a problem, that will probably piss me off so much with dumbasses thinking they know stuff when it’s all wrong.
That even happened in my bio class yesterday, TWICE. First my teacher tells me that high protein will cause a lot of stress to your kidneys and is dangerous and then goes on to tell how keto diets are very dangerous and causes metabolic acidosis. Not that she’s entirely wrong but the generalized crap and misinformation really got to me. I’m sure that will be 10x worse in some of these classes but hopefully they’re not too outdated.
I was a kines major and we didn’t learn anything worthwhile, and I took all the “hard” classes in the major. It was a waste of time, I echo the other posters sentiments. It doesn’t matter if you’re taking biomechanics or neural basis of movement, you’re going to be held back since the rest of your class is a bunch of jerk offs that are looking for an easy major and just got stuck in the “hard” class because it was the only thing that would fit in their schedule.
If you’re worried about the difficulty of your current material, consider changing program tracks. If you consider anything you could possibly be doing as an undergrad to be remotely challenging, the MCAT is going to be a bitch.[/quote]
Again this kind of sounds like good news to me. I’m not lazy and I like to learn interesting material but the fact that it seems a lot of you are saying the classes are easy and will go slow for the slower students is one of the reasons I would want to take it. Every semester it’s always been my pre med classes + psych or other classes and every semester the pre med classes have been a lot of work and the other classes are comparatively easy. Considering the pre-med workload I’d be happy to have the rest of my classes but interesting but relatively easy.
[quote]PB Andy wrote:
Agreed that the information you learn will largely be useless. The only thing it is good for is your resume.[/quote]
Is this how you feel about the information you’re currently learning? That it will be useless for what you plan to do after undergrad? I think this would be more of a concern if I didn’t have a plan for after undergrad but I’m sure it couldn’t be much worse than a psych degree, not too much you can do with that. At least with this I could get some certifications if I ever wanted to be a PT over summers of med school or something which would be cool.
It seems like you guys are just saying that it would be relatively easy and if anything maybe irrelevant right? Doesn’t seem like there are other downsides, not that have been mentioned anyway.
I graduated with an Exercise Science degree.
I was an accounting major for 2.5 yrs, then switched and loved every minute of it.
Never missed a class and this is coming from someone all through school would miss the max amount of days allowed, and into college got a little better but still would miss classes and not enjoy going.
Never regret making that decision except for the student loans :D[/quote]
And you’re a PT now right? How were the classes you had to take as far as difficultly and interest (well I guess you were clearly interested given what you said).
Was the information outdated and annoying to listen to or actually up to date?