Students in the Upper School Sports Exercise and Health Science class used a lab on Thursday to measure the effects of various activities on blood pressure in a circulation lab.
IB Sports Exercise and Health Science SL focuses on basic concepts of anatomy and how they specifically relate to exercise, sports, and health.
“We recently started studying the circulatory system,” Upper School Science teacher Mallory Perry said. “In class, we discussed the parts of the heart and how blood moves around the body to get oxygen where it needs to go, especially in times of high stress like when exercising.”
The students put it to the test, learning how to use a Sphygmomanometer and stethoscope. Initially, they focused on using the instruments and how to tell which number corresponded to the diastolic and systolic pressures. Then, they recorded the pulse rate and heart rates for various activities: lying down, standing up, sitting, and exercising. They also measured the time it took for their pulse to return to normal after performing the activity.
“Many of the students in the class are involved in at least one sport, so a lot of what they learn they can relate directly to what they feel when performing various exercises or playing,” Perry said.
So far, the class has studied bones and muscles and how they work together to help with movements directly related to sports and exercise. Now they are learning about the respiratory and circulatory systems and directly connecting them to exercise and movement.