Dualism, Materialism, and Athletic Trainers

Kyle Ornelas, California State University, Fullerton

Before beginning my academic career in California State University, Fullerton, I came with a goal. That goal was to earn a degree in Kinesiology. During my senior year in high school, I took a course in Sports Medicine. There I learned the basic components of what it took to become an Athletic Trainer. I studied and applied the basic fundamentals by wrapping the limbs of a fellow student with the proper materials and techniques. What we did not go over was the philosophy of human movement.

Athletic Training Tape
Tape used by an Athletic Trainer to treat an injury. 

Upon taking the course Philosophy of Human Movement, I have realized that I consider myself a Dualistic being. A materialistic perspective would be put into consideration. A Dualistic person views the person as the mind and the body while a materialistic person focuses on the components of the body. Given the fact that my future profession as an Athletic Trainer requires them to know the anatomy of the body and how the brain controls the movement of the body, I would consider myself as both. One may have a slight advantage over the other. Proof that an Athletic Trainer may have a dualistic and materialistic perspective would be the duties they perform on a daily basis.

High resolution concept or conceptual 3D human anatomy and muscl
The anatomy of a person

Trainers diagnose an injury of the muscles and bones by using proper materials for a given injury. They are required to treat the injured portion of the body with the proper application of tapes and braces. These duties may seem easy, but they must be placed with knowledge and consideration of the given injury. If an athlete injures their patella, they might need a knee brace. Say they have shin splints; proper application of tape may be used to treat the tibia. There are also specific tests an Athletic Trainer will perform on the athlete. For example, McMurray’s Test will be conducted to determine if the athlete has torn their meniscus. The athlete must bend the knee. If a popping noise is made, they most likely have a cartilage tear. Not only do they treat an individual, but they must also keep records and meet with officials. Athletic Trainers look at what makes a person which is why they can be materialistic. Almost any career related with Kinesiology requires the knowledge of how the brain controls body movement.

Motor Cortex
The motor cortex of the brain is responsible for movement

Every voluntary movement we make involves the motor cortex of the brain. This is where neural impulses are generated to make movement. The brain is a complex organ which helps an individual see, walk, talk, breathe, and so on. Without the motor cortex of the brain, we would be motionless and dull people. If an athlete were to be diagnosed with a concussion or an injury to the head, an Athletic Trainer must perform a movement test to determine which portion of the brain is affected. Depending on the results, the trainer must then send the athlete to a hospital since it is a brain injury. This being said, an Athletic Trainer may also have a Dualistic view.

After the first few weeks of Philosophy of Human Movement, I have been given insight on my views of a human. Dualism and materialism are two theories I associate with. They are required for the profession I am seeking and working hard to achieve. I do believe Kinesiology majors are required to take courses in Biology which makes many of us immediately have a materialistic view. As Kinesiology majors progress in their studies, they will soon realize why they can have a dualistic approach as well. At first, I did not associate with either, but then I saw myself having a dualistic and materialistic view.

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