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GLE 101: Living on the Edge

Course Description

Living on the Edge: Exploring the motivations, lives and health benefits/consequences of those who push their bodies to the limit.  Are extreme sports good for your health? Do herbal and nutritional supplements harm or hurt human athletic performance and health? This course will examine the experiences and driving forces of individuals who push their bodies to the limit and the effects that this has on their physical and psychological health. This course will also examine controversial topics in the fields of health, medicine and nutrition.

Good Inquiry Question Examples

An inquiry question is a question that can prompt further research. Inquiry questions are asked without bias, do not have simple answers, often have multiple answers from different perspectives, have a clear focus and most importantly are on a topic that is of interest to you. Below you can find examples of good research inquiry questions.

  • What motivates people to take part in high risk sports that involve risking one's life?
  • Is snowboarding more dangerous than skiing?
  • Is the psychology of extreme athletes similar to that of drug addicts?
  • Is the mainstream media partially responsible for the injuries and deaths in extreme sports?
  • Does physical rehabilitation of athletes differ from rehabilitation of non-athletes who have suffered a similar injury?
  • What are the long term effects of concussions and how can we prevent them in adolescents and children?
  • Can protective gear help reduce the risk of brain and spinal cord injuries in athletes involved in contact sports and extreme sports?
  • What are the long term effects of taking anti-depressant drugs?
  • Is high fructose corn syrup worse for your health than sugar cane?
  • Why is type 2 diabetes increasing so rapidly in the United States?
  • Is medical marijuana as effective as opiates in treating patients with chronic pain?

Bad Inquiry Question Examples

  • Who developed the sport of BASE jumping?
    • This question has one specific answer 
  • What is chronic traumatic encephalopathy?
    • Although this question has a more in depth answer than the previous question, it can still be answered relatively easily through the use of a dictionary or encyclopedia. A better question could be: does participation in contact sports increase one's risk for developing CTE?
  • Are Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) bad?
    • This question is better than the previous two, but it still needs to be more specific. Does bad mean morally/ethically bad? Bad for the environment? Bad for your health? A better question could be: Are GMOs harmful to human health?