University Centre St Helens students apply classroom theory to real life as they explore Amsterdam’s unique Body Worlds exhibition.

Staff and students from University Centre St Helens’ Exercise Health and Fitness degree and level 5 Sports Massage course recently spent the day in Amsterdam, exploring the unique Body Worlds exhibition.

This exclusive exhibition, devised by German anatomist, Gunther von Hagens, is the world’s only expo to be based on a donor programme, with over 200 anatomical specimens of real human bodies on show. This year’s exhibition, titled Body Worlds: The Happiness Project, explored how love and happiness dominate our lives, questioning what defines whether we are truly happy.

Joining over 40 million people around the world who have accessed the exhibition, the University Centre St Helens students explored how people view themselves and their bodies, developing a wider understanding of health issues and the public’s perception of health.

Supporting the students’ learning and understanding, this unique exhibition allowed visitors to see how muscles, tendons and ligaments work around joints in a detailed and realistic way, aiding the students understanding of human movement, injury occurrence and human makeup. Developing a greater understanding of anatomy and physiology and genetic differences in males and females, the University Centre students were able to understand and appreciate 3D images up close on every level of anatomy, developing skills, knowledge and understanding, whilst applying classroom theory to real life situations.

Lecturer, Chris O’Keefe commented “The trip to Amsterdam was invaluable in aiding the Exercise Health and Fitness students’ understanding of how classroom theories and concepts are both applied and exhibited in real life. Such additional opportunities really help to bring the programme to life and provide an up-close insight into every level of human anatomy.”

Students explore Amsterdam’s unique Body Worlds exhibition