The Body Matters: Why Exercise Makes You Healthy and How to Stay Uninjured

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The Body Matters: Why Exercise Makes You Healthy and How to Stay Uninjured

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This health course will show you why exercise is a fundamental component of a healthy lifestyle.

Exercise is more than just an “art of converting big meals and fattening snacks into back strains and pulled muscles by lifting heavy things that don’t need to be moved, or running when no one is chasing you.” (Anonymous quote) Our bodies evolved to move over several millennia.

Did you know that physically active obese individuals live longer than inactive thin individuals? Are you interested in seeing the evidence on the benefits and risks of stretching? What is the best way to treat your ankle, knee, and/or shoulder injury? How does injury affect mood and what are the consequences?

Whether you are a competitive athlete, an aspiring musician or dancer, whether you play for fun or just want to lead an active lifestyle, this course will entertain and challenge you. You will learn the basic and advanced principles of body movement ...

This health course will show you why exercise is a fundamental component of a healthy lifestyle.

Exercise is more than just an “art of converting big meals and fattening snacks into back strains and pulled muscles by lifting heavy things that don’t need to be moved, or running when no one is chasing you.” (Anonymous quote) Our bodies evolved to move over several millennia.

Did you know that physically active obese individuals live longer than inactive thin individuals? Are you interested in seeing the evidence on the benefits and risks of stretching? What is the best way to treat your ankle, knee, and/or shoulder injury? How does injury affect mood and what are the consequences?

Whether you are a competitive athlete, an aspiring musician or dancer, whether you play for fun or just want to lead an active lifestyle, this course will entertain and challenge you. You will learn the basic and advanced principles of body movement and biological, psychological and social issues related to activity, sport, injury and rehabilitation. The course will include content from leading global experts in multiple fields related to the science of exercise.

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10/10 starsCompleted
2 years ago
Hello, I thoroughly enjoyed this course and thought that the tuition and knowledge shared was top quality. It was very interesting and helpful to me. Thanks very much to all the staff.
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10/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 11 months ago
An interesting course covering a range of subjects around physical activity. Of particular interest is the topic on treatment of injuries. The instructors are experts in a wide range of fields providing different points of view on the core subject
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10/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 11 months ago
Really enjoyed the course and the content was extremely relevant. Loved the lecturer updates from around the countryside. why 150 characters minimum for rating ?
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8/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 11 months ago
Awesome course, especially if you don´t like being told what to think. The course instructors, especially dr. Shrier, encourage you to explore the topics, to make up your own mind. The studies presented are taken with a grain of salt, as they should be.
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8/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 11 months ago
I enjoyed the course and was impressed by the caliber of the instructors. The topics were both relevant and current. I would recommend it. The structure was slightly confusing, however, with discrepancies on deadlines (one, simple progression timeline would have made life easier) and a rather convoluted way of presenting and submitting the course project. Additionally, I was disappointed to discover that I did not get a certificate at the end of the course because I was supposed to have registered for one. Other courses you simply get one for completing and passing the course!
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8/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 11 months ago
The course content was almost complete, they could cover a few more subjects but in general it was full. The instructor was very good and easy to understand, very friendly and a really appreciated that he was involved in conversations on the discussion board. The provider was perfect.
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10/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 11 months ago
Very good presented course with different subjects that are presented by different instuctors, so you get various oppinions and perspectives of the topic.
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10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 3 months ago
I absolutely loved this course and it would be great to see a part 2. I highly recommend enrolling.
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10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 4 months ago
Great course! I highly recommend it! I took it the first time it was offerred on edX! Glad to see it is being repeated!
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Helen Poon

10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 8 months ago
I especially like the instruction, Dr. Shrier, he is so relaxed, making the course interesting. Other than this, the materials presented are useful. I took this course because I am a runner and I really learn a lot.
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10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 11 months ago
Very well organised and useful course for anybody wanting to know more about our body and how important exercise is. Everuthing well organised and great lecturers. I enjoyed it very much!
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10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 11 months ago
Excellent course, very interesting and well presented. The material is up to date and very informative. The presenters are experts in their fields and at the leading edge.
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10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 11 months ago
This is a fabulous course! I highly recommend it! It is well-designed and very relevant because it deals with the importance of exercise, how to prevent injury, what to do if you get injured, the importance of rehab, and when to safely return to your activity or sport! Great teachers and a great project! I learned a lot!
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10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 11 months ago
All the contents are very good - most are applicable commonly & helps us to understand what happens when one gets injured. Can also be used as guidance to explore more in view of decision making. These contents wouldn't be that good without the very experience & knowledgeable instructors. TQ much to the instructors & provider
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10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 11 months ago
I really enjoyed this course and felt that I learned a lot. The first week's discussion of the relationship between activity level and mortality was quite convincing. I have increased my activity level (measured by achieving 10,000 steps/day) significantly since taking this course.
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8/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 11 months ago
A good overview of the latest research into the benefits of physical fitness, common injuries, injury prevention and rehabilitation. As a yoga instructor I was disappointed that there was no mention of yoga as either a fitness or healing modality. But I did gain helpful insights into knee and shoulder injuries. The instructors were all clear, well-organized and concise. I particularly enjoyed all the Cirque du Soleil footage. On a more technical note, I found some of the graphics on the powerpoint hard to read. Also, I had paid to get a certificate, and was mortified to learn that I had missed the deadline for two of the quizzes because all of the activities preceding them stated that the deadline was at the end of the course, yet the first two quizzes were due much earlier.
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3 years, 8 months ago
Very good course. Well presented with good interaction from the course hosts. One of the best general body sports courses I have taken. Sometimes feels like there is a bias towards the opinions of the course host but where he expresses those opinions he does at least quote his sources and explain why he chooses to disregard opposing studies.
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3 years, 11 months ago
What I really liked about this course was that it looked at the whole issue of fitness and the importance of keeping active from a scientific perspective - i.e. it wasn't pushing one particular viewpoint but rather presenting all the evidence and inviting participants to consider it. It helped that Dr Shrier manages to combine being authoritative with a keen sense of humour. I also learned more about anatomy on this course than I have in several decades of being a personal injury lawyer....I'll now have a far better idea of how to read medical reports. I'd highly recommend this course.
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3 years, 11 months ago
Started for fun but turned out to be a great learning experience. Dr. Shrier is wonderfully frank and so scientific about relating anatomy to physics and physiology. Proud to have gained this much exposure to Sports Medicine in all its evolving glory. Participation from Cirque du Soleil, International Olympic Association add lustre to this effort from Mcgill University.
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10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 11 months ago
I really enjoyed this course, and learned a lot of new things. I highly recommend this course and would like to know if there is a sequel! In this course there is so much to cover but its done very well and in a very logical manner. I enjoyed in particular the videos presented by Andrew Pipe, Stephen Blair and Kerry Gordon.
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10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 11 months ago
Everything was excellent and I want to review all that I have learned. I did not know that there was so much information on injuries. The presentations were outstanding and I want to review the content because we were given so much information. I love taking these courses because I am a senior citizen who is enjoying stress free academic learning.
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10/10 starsTaking Now
3 years, 11 months ago
Very good content and videos; it was worth the time spent to study the course. I rate the course highly and will suggest my friends to use this comprehensive information for their benefit. Thanks to Dr. Shrier and the entire team for bringing such wonderful course.
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8/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 11 months ago
This was my first-ever MOOC course. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. I read up a lot on the Internet and watch many videos. But this course provided a thorough grounding! Thanks!
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10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 11 months ago
I really enjoyed this course. Dr. Shrier is an excellent instructor. He made this course extremely interesting and enjoyable, easy to understand. I hope more courses will be offered by Dr. Ian Shrier in the future, cant wait to learn more!! I highly recommend this course to anyone interested in sports medicine, in sports, recreation, and exercise. Loved it!
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10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 11 months ago
Excellent course, providing a lot of useful information. It was particularly nice to get up-to-date research on when stretching is useful - there was a lot of myth-busting that I found very helpful as a coach.
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10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 11 months ago
This was by far the best MOOC I have taken so far. The videos were the right length and the variety of subject matter made the course very engaging and interesting. I think the instructors found the right balance of depth versus breadth and did a nice job at exposing students to methods for critically evaluating studies.
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3 years, 11 months ago
Excellent course would highly recommend for sports coaches and anyone with an interest in sports injuries. Great understanding and use of the online media to teach the course.
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10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 11 months ago
This class was excellent. I especially enjoyed the video lectures from the instructor and guest lecturers. All brought real world perspectives and relevant content. The weekly videos responding to questions were a nice touch, making it feel more like there was a group of professors and students in a class together rather than people just going through an online class on their own. Many thanks as well to the students who shared their experiences and participated in the lecture videos.
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3 years, 11 months ago
One of the best MOOCs I have taken! As a Physician in Family Medicine with a specialization in Sports and Exercise Medicine, I found this course very informative, up-to-date and EXTREMELY motivating to pursue my learning in the wonderful field of Sports Medicine. Dr. Shrier is a reference in the Sports Medicine universe and I look forward to meeting and speaking with him in person, one day. Count on me for Body101x v2.0 "The Body Matters - Part 2".
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10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 11 months ago
I thought the course content was great and just enough to hold my interest. Professor Shrier was extremely informative, engaging, enthusiastic, and clearly an expert in field of sports medicine.
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