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Ibero-American Journal of Exercise and Sports Psychology

BODY PAINTING AS A USEFUL TECHNIQUE IN TEACHING ANATOMY FOR SCIENCES OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND SPORTS STUDENTS

Abstract

Antonio Ribelles-García, Carmen Carrasco-Molinillo, David Almorza-Gomar, Alonso Camacho-Ramírez, Gonzalo Pérez-Arana and J Arturo Prada-Oliveira

Anatomical knowledge supports any approach to the knowledge on physical activities and sport activities. The present report is focused in a technic to improve the learning of surface anatomy through the body painting. We had considered many ways in which human anatomy could be taught in an updated way to sciences of physical activity and sport students. All strategies and didactic resources must optimize the overall the teaching processes. We tested several methodological techniques in anatomy teaching to several students. For this purpose, we used a route of practical session, where students painted their own bodies. For one semester, the first-year sport sciences students, enrolled in the Human Anatomy signature at the University of Cádiz participated in this study. To complete the teaching activity, students were divided into 2 groups with 40 students each. At the end of the course, the students were asked to complete a satisfaction questionnaire supplied to them such through an on-line platform. We included this activity in other anatomical students, as medical student, and we modified this experience according to the specific studies. No similar experiences were reported in these university students. On the basis of the results, we recommend the body painting activity as a useful tool for learning human anatomy.

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