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Case Study: Football Fanaticism

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Description This is a case study for undergraduate and professional degree students in anatomy, physiology and/or pharmaceutical sciences. In particular this case study explores the anatomy of the central nervous system, major motor and sensory tracts. Integrative physiology courses may use this case to incorporate the immune, nervous and cardiovascular systems. Users of the National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science will be required to register (free) to gain access to the answer key (and must be of teaching status to receive the key). Included in the resource are the case overview, objectives, case study, teaching notes and answer key.
Type of Resource Assignment/Activity (Non-Laboratory/Non-Hands on Activity)
Format Web Page - HTML
Dayton Ford, St. Louis College of Pharmacy
Development Date July 3, 2003
Grade/Age Levels Undergraduate lower division (Grades 13-14)
Undergraduate upper division (Grades 15-16)
Professional (degree program)
Learning Time 2-3 hours
Language English
Type of Review Reviewed By Staff
Review Date August 14, 2012
Funding Sources National Science Foundation, Other , The Pew Charitable Trusts and the U.S. Department of Education
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This case study is well presented and involves discussion of the brain, spinal cord tracts, sensory and motor nerves and concussion!  It does spark an interest in students to explore the mechanisms and pathways involved in the damage to the nervous system.  Quite a bit of discussion was generated in an upper undergraduate physiology class!  

Nuran Kumbaraci, Stevens Institute of Technology

A case study that can be used when teaching the CNS. The students can see the application.

Par Mohammadian, Los Angeles Mission College

Very useful case study to understand the NS!

Par Mohammadian, Los Angeles Mission College

Great case study!  I used a similar study in my upper level A&P II course.  The information involves current trends in physiology today.  I will try to use this one in my one semester course.

Adrienne Bratcher, University of Louisville

This case study is highly relevant to college students and the teacher resources are highly organized and clear.  A teacher guide and answer key is provided.  I am always looking for relevant case studies and this one (though I haven't used it yet in class) appears to be very well constructed.

Kristine Willett, University of Mississippi


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