Examining ATI Wisdom Booklets: Part 2 Booklet 1 – Medical Portion – Fight or Flight

Examining ATI Wisdom Booklets: Part 2 Booklet 1 – Medical Portion – Fight or Flight July 25, 2016

WhenCowsKidsCollideby Mel cross posted from her blog When Cows and Kids Collide

This post is seven pages long and graphics heavy:

Today, we learn about the fight-or-flight response.  Well, kind of.

I taught a basic (~9th grade) human anatomy course for 5 years in various formats.  ATI/ATIA has taken on a huge subject in this section.  To effectively describe how the adrenal glands work, the students need to have a solid understanding of the divisions of the nervous system, how different sections of the brain work, and a refresher on feedback loops.  Since this is the first booklet, all of this information would need to be covered at once.  That sounds like a trainwreck in the making since I spent six weeks on brain structure and function, divisions of the nervous system, and reflex arcs and other spinal cord controlled nervous system functions alone before spending an additional 6 weeks on the endocrine system.

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    • Yeah, physical strength and vision are not directly related.
    • The hypothalamus does trigger adrenaline release, but there is a gland that actually produces and releases the adrenaline into the bloodstream.  Wonder how long it will take for the booklet to name that gland?
    • Fight-or-flight can increase strength and stamina, but there are still upper limits based on the physical fitness of the person.  For example, my strength increases noticeably in an emergency, but I still have overly tight muscles.  I might be able to jump higher to reach the roof of that building and pull up using my arms during fight-or-flight, but my legs will still have limited range of mobility to kick a leg up to the edge of the burning roof.
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