Anatomy teaching to Sport Science students

Veronica Papa, Mauro Vaccarezza


Anatomy has historically been a cornerstone in medical education regardless of nation, racial background, or medical school system. By learning gross anatomy, medical students get a first “impression” about the structure of the human body which is the basis for understanding pathologic and clinical problems.

Gross anatomy classes are still regarded as an integral part of human biomedical education worldwide.

Dissection of the human body is practiced in most anatomy institutions worldwide despite increasing pressure to reduce material and staff costs, regardless the ongoing debate concerning the suitability of body donors for medical education. Moreover, anatomical teaching skills are also evolving and need to be tailored for the different areas of anatomical expertise students have to acquire therefore, anatomic dissection goes probably beyond the scope of anatomy teaching in some classes such as sports sciences.

However, there is no doubt that a practical approach to the study and teaching of anatomy is surely preferable to basic ex cathedra anatomy lectures. Here, we propose a brief insight into new teaching methods suitable for sports sciences students.

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