This unit explores improvements in performance, in particular fitness, depend on the ability of the individual or coach to gain, apply and evaluate knowledge and understanding of training. Students undertake an activity analysis. Using the results of the analysis, they then investigate the required fitness components and participate in a training program designed to improve or maintain selected components. Athletes and coaches aim to continually improve and use nutritional, physiological and psychological strategies to gain advantage over the competition. Students learn to critically evaluate different techniques and
practices that can be used to enhance performance, and look at the rationale for the banning or inclusion of various practices from sporting competition.

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Vocational and further education (TAFE)
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Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each competency unit's learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of project and work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines. Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills: - explain fitness assessment aims, methods, risks, safeguards, informed consent and confidentiality; - use appropriate technology to perform an activity analysis to collect and analyse primary data to determine major fitness components and energy systems used in sporting events and physical activities; - perform, observe, analyse and report on laboratory exercises designed to explore the assessment of fitness pre and post training; - justify the selected fitness tests in relation to the strengths and weaknesses of the testing methodology; - explain how chronic adaptations to the cardiovascular, respiratory and muscular systems lead to an improved performance, and; - design, participate in, and evaluate a six-week training program that demonstrates the correct application of training. Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - fitness components: definitions and factors affecting the health-related fitness components, including aerobic capacity, anaerobic capacity, muscular strength and endurance, flexibility, body composition, and the skill-related components, including muscular power, speed, agility, coordination, balance and reaction time; - data collection activity analysis, including skill analysis, movement patterns and work to rest ratios; - assessment of fitness, including aims, protocols (informed consent and fitness testing), and methods and outcomes of at least two standardised, recognised tests for each fitness component; - fitness training principles, including intensity, duration, frequency, overload, specificity, individuality, diminishing returns, variety, maintenance and detraining; - fitness training methods, including continuous, interval, fartlek, circuit, weight/resistance, flexibility, plyometrics, speed, swiss ball and core strength training to improve aerobic capacity, anaerobic capacity, muscular strength and endurance, speed, flexibility and muscular power, and; - chronic adaptations of the cardiovascular, respiratory and muscular systems to training. In VCE, the assessment is made up of two components. - Satisfactory Completion - Levels of Achievement Satisfactory Completion Units 1, 2, 3 and 4 The award of satisfactory completion for a unit is based on a decision that the student has demonstrated achievement of the set of outcomes specified for the unit. This decision will be based on the teacher's assessment of the student's performance on assessment tasks designated for the unit. Levels of achievement Units 1 and 2 Procedures for the assessment of levels of achievement in Units 1 and 2 are a matter for school decision/teacher.

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