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SportA Biological, Philosophical, and Cultural Perspective$
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Jay Schulkin

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780231176767

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231176767.001.0001

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Throwing, Swimming, and Rowing

Throwing, Swimming, and Rowing

(p.115) 7 Throwing, Swimming, and Rowing

Jay Schulkin

Columbia University Press

Continues the thread of our anchoring to objects and others in the organization of action and in sport in particular; social organization, human development, pedagogy, and tool use. I start with the visual system, so central to human evolution and our practice of most sports. I will then continue with problem solving and sport, throwing, swimming and rowing; biogical spreading through sports and sports impacting physical and mental capabilities. Human evolutionary history shows that throwing is a feature of our species and that to throw well was to survive. The capacity to store energy and release it with control, rapidity, and flexibility probably emerged with Homo erectus about 2 million years ago, along with greater flexibility of the torso; the infusion of energy vital for hunting and running emerged with shoulder flexibility and control over the elbow and wrist.

Keywords:   Organization, Action, Human Development, Tool use

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