Language book chapters important for Exercise Science Physiology?

As I stated in my previous blog post I am a student who is studying Exercise Science Physiology (ES Physiology). I have chosen eight sections out of various chapters from the book  Language: A Reader for Writers. by Gita DasBender to study how they may impact my major and career choice as a Physical Therapist.

What is Words as Weaponsby Susan Benesch.(P.245-252) all about? As I read I learned that the examples for different levels of how words can be used as weapons seemed drastic.  The levels ranged from words that can be lost in translation to words that can cause confrontations between cultures resulting in fatalities.  This was different from what i thought would be brought up in the section. I believed it would touch on how to grab a persons attention using a cuss word.

After reading Words as Weapons I believe that when talking to an audience of various backgrounds the writer should be careful and knowledgeable about the words they use and if they can be offensive to the audience. If the word or phrase can be taken as offensive then the writer should be prepared to defend their writing. In ES Physiology you need to use words as ‘weapons’ to get a patient to do something or not to do something for the betterment of their health but never with the intention to be offensive or hurtful.

In Writing for an Audienceby Linda S. Flower.(P.74-78) she talked about three things that are crucial for writing for an audience. The writer should know who their audience is, what they want the audience to do and to prepare for an unwanted reaction. More specifically assuming what the audience knows about the given subject. What the audience should know so they can understand the subject. As well as how what is said may affect them and their view possibly causing conflict.

As a ES Physiology major this goes hand in hand with knowing your patient. When treating someone with a foot injury you wont give them a wrist brace. By knowing the patient it will help me direct a write-up/ therapy plan for their specific wants and needs.

(Body language photo)

I initially assumed that the section Body Language.  by Arika Okrent.(P.18-26) was about how a persons facial expressions, posture, and energy are Body language. As I read I found that the chapter touched on how hand moments in different cultures is used to show a meaning of what is being spoken. Okrent said that gestures should be viewed as ‘a compliment to language’. 

I still believe body language is a very important component of the ES Physiology field study. It should be used to fill holes that may occur in basic spoken communication.

Words are wind. by Adam Pulford. (P.52-57) basically agreed with my guess about the article meaning of actions speak louder than words. I did not expect this section to say that words can be influenced by different time periods. I found it interesting that the example of books and movies creating their own language to adapt to the need for a made up character or race specific to their needs.

I believe that when observing patients of the ES Physiology field their actions speak louder than their words. This will help when specific alterations to their treatment is needed.  Including the need to come up with new therapy treatments that do not exist yet.

When I read the title I won’t Hire People Who Use Poor Grammar. Here’s Why. by Kyle Wiens. (P.102-104) I believed the reason for using correct grammar was to build credibility. This assumption was confirmed to be true when I read the chapter section. I also learned a view that if a person is careless about their use of grammar who’s to say that they will not be careless in other aspects of their job field. 

I still believe that in ES Physiology the proper use of grammar is key to build credibility. With credibility more opportunity’s to move up in the work field will arise.


Language Chapter Sections: ES Physiology Comparison

As a student who is studying Exercise Science Physiology (ES Physiology) I found it hard to choose chapter sections from the book  Language: A Reader for Writers. by Gita DasBender that could impact my major. I am going to school so that I can later become a physical therapist, because I have chosen this profession I will be working more hands on as well as writing reports/schedule plans to myself and to the patient.

Physical Therapy (Photo from Fort Lewis College: ES Physiology major)

  • Words as Weapons.  Susan Benesch.(P.245-252) In ES Physiology sometimes you need to use words as ‘weapons’ to get a patient to do something or not to do something for the betterment of their health.
  •  Writing for an AudienceLinda S. Flower.(P.74-78) As a ES Physiology major or Physical Therapist when treating someone with a critical spinal injury you will need to address things differently than someone recovering from a sprained ankle. This helps direct a write-up/ therapy plan for every patients specific wants and needs.
  • OMG, ETC. Robert Lane Greene. (P.118-126) When trying to gain credibility in the medical field the use of abbreviations needs to be addressed very carefully. The use of abbreviations without explanation may cause failure to communicate and understand.  Improper use of abbreviations may cause a person to sound unprofessional.
  • Doubts About Doublespeak. William Lutz. (P.198-203) When using doublespeak in the medical field patients may feel cheated of the input on their condition. Doublespeak should be avoided so that communication is very clear between patient and therapist.
  •  Body Language.   Arika Okrent.(P.18-26) Body language is a very important component of ES Physiology field study. If your patient is struggling through therapy the therapist should have an reassuring body language helping encourage the continuation of treatment.
  • Words are wind. Adam Pulford. (P.52-57) When observing people who are being treated in the ES Physiology field the patient’s actions speak louder than their words. This will help when alterations to the treatment are needed.
  • The Church of Please and Thank You.  Julie Traves. (P.281-288) Out of respect and encouragement the use of Please and Thank You is seen throughout ES Physiology. Instead of sounding forceful to a patient the use of ‘ please’ gives the patient a feeling of options making them more comfortable.  Thank You is used as a common courtesy.
  •  I won’t Hire People Who Use Poor Grammar. Here’s Why.  Kyle Wiens. (P.102-104) When trying to build credibility in the field of ES Physiology the proper use of grammar is key.   If you have more credibility more than likely more opportunity’s to move up in the field will arise.

Inquiry used in Exercise Science Physiology

During my COMP 250 class we discussed what the word inquiry means. After discussing our thoughts and opinions on our given word we came up with one definition for inquiry. Once decided we noticed that we had non verbally decided to make it a short and sweet definition.

Inquiry (noun): The process of obtaining knowledge through a question(s) and/or observation(s) that is relevant to the discourse. 

(Physiology of Human Body)

I have chosen Exercise Science Physiology as my major. A  question  that I have encountered is what may I inquire for my major and what can it be used for?

I must inquire information to help me figure out the scientific questions that are posed to me and to help be prepared for any questions that may come up when helping patients.

I may need to inquire

  • The structure of the human body 
  • Patients past history
  • Chemical reactions in the body 
  • How to safely treat a patient with an injury



‘So What? The Writer’s Argument’ My Opinion.

When reading ‘So What? The Writer’s Argument‘ by Kurt Schick and Laura Schubert I was able to decide if I like this book or not right away. This book was an easy read, unlike a typical class text-book that seems to drag on. This book was clearly written for the students.  The book was solely focusing on the college students of all academic levels making it easy to connect to.

In the text I found that most times if not every time, included thoughts by the author in between the examples given. Thoughts that typically a student would announce when reading the text. An example of this being when the writer used a hypothetical question. This question/ situation was not a typical everyday action as it was first stated.  The author made a quick note stating that it indeed was not an everyday situation and continued with their point. When this occurred I found it humorous and made me want to continue to read. The examples of how to write/ read were very multimodal, keeping the writing from seeming to drag on. Some elements used that appealed to me the most were visual, spatial, and linguistic. By far my favorite part of this book is that at the beginning of each chapter a ‘chapter checklist‘ is provided.


(Book used in COMP 250 class)


For my COMP 250. class I was assigned a specific amount of time in order to complete the book by. I found that having this set amount of time made me focus on finding what I found most important in every chapter. Although I believe that reading the book so quickly deprived me or actually retaining, learning and understanding the material that was provided.

(Link to Book used in class);jsessionid=862878E16F233605097AAE20462F9D61?cc=us&lang=en&