In this unit students will understand the importance of exercise physiology in sport and exercise performance, including elite sports and recreational exercise. This unit focuses on: the physiological requirements of sport, the importance of physiological systems in athlete performance; and the principles underlying physiological exercise testing from both a theoretical and practical perspective, with an emphasis on sports specificity and field-based and laboratory-based testing. Practical sessions require students to administer and interpret exercise tests that are fundamental to sport physiology including: maximal oxygen consumption, agility, speed, muscle strength and power testing. Students gain an understanding of how exercise training is monitored as well as practical experience using state-of-the-art technology (global positioning systems and accelerometers). This unit discusses the value of quality data collection, analysis and interpretation and how to communicate this information to coaching staff and athletes.

Unit details

Location:
Study level:
Undergraduate
Credit points:
12
Unit code:
AHE3114

Prerequisites

SCL1002 - Exercise Physiology

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Construct appropriate physiology-based testing protocols for different athletes and teams and justify their appropriateness;  
  2. Collect and analyse results from a range of sport specific tests putting them into the context within the scientific literature;  
  3. Employ evidence based problem solving in current physiological topics in the current scientific literature and communicate the outcomes; and  
  4. Explain the theoretical background for athlete testing and training and strategies to enhance performance.  

Assessment

Assessment type Description Grade
Test A series of short answer tests covering practical and theoretical knowledge 25%
Assignment This written assignment requires the analysis, interpretation and presentation of data regarding athlete testing 40%
Examination Final practical skills examination 35%
Hurdle 1: To gain an overall pass in this unit students must attend and complete 80% of the laboratory sessions.

Required reading

Physiological tests for elite athletes, 2nd edn,
Tanner, RK & Gore, CJ 2012,
South Australia: Human Kinetics.

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