Course title

Anatomy for Performance



Course description

This cross-curricular course will equip students to understand the systematic nature of their bodies by exploring how muscles; tendons; and bones work together as related to performance. This course covers the basics of human anatomy and physiology including anatomical terminology; basic biochemistry; cells and tissues; and the body systems. This year; students will engage in hands-on lab experiences exploring movement to develop higher-order; scientific critical-thinking skills. Students will also be exploring the interactions of organisms within their communities and the relevancy of these interactions in our daily lives. Additionally; students will develop intrinsic motivation; responsibility for learning; and learn to challenge themselves.

Each unit encompasses†movement†labs; landmark labs; and 3D skeleton labs.

  • 3D Skeleton labs†- students physically construct the muscles discussed out of clay; rubber bands; and felt on top of model skeletons. This helps students visualize important origin and insertion points of each muscle and how this contributes to its function
  • Landmark labs†- students work with a partner to palpate and locate each bony landmark and muscle discussed during class time. Students also find these landmarks on their model skeletons. This provides students with experience finding bones and muscles on the real human body and connecting to the model.
  • Movement†labs†- students work with a group to physically perform and anatomically analyze various†movements†for joints as well as muscle synergists and antagonists. Students also use model skeletons to show and explain the joints and muscles involved to their classmates for each†movement†analyzed. This allows students to see bones and muscles in action.

Students also perform a number of standalone labs; such as a posture analysis; gait analysis; and nutrition labs.

  • During the†posture analysis lab; students analyze the natural posture of each classmate and compare. This introductory activity familiarizes students with the human form.
  • During the†gait analysis lab; students analyze the gait of each classmate and compare. Students also analyze the gait of known gait issues to compare to what they have observed in their classmates. This activity enacts material across multiple units to tie them together.
  • During our nutrition unit; multiple lab activities help students become familiar with how their bodies deal with food. Students perform a†calorimetry†experiment in which they determine the number of calories in various foods by burning food in the calorimeter.

School country

United States

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High school

Flagstaff Arts & Leadership Academy

School / district Address

3401 N Fort Valley Rd

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Requested competency code

Lab Science

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Approved competency code

  • LADV
  • Advanced science
  • LBIO
  • Biology

Approved date

Online / Virtual