This unit is developed for students in the final year of the Clinical Exercise program. It is designed to give the student a practical understanding of the design and implementation of advanced conditioning programs. Upon completion of the unit, students will have the knowledge to interpret physiological testing data, as well as to monitor and manipulate training to achieve a desired outcome and resulting performance. The practical component of the unit gives students the capability to create conditioning programs suitable for specific populations of clients. During laboratory classes, students are required to apply the knowledge gained in this unit by interpreting testing results, and implement individual training sessions based from these results. The theoretical aspect of this unit includes learning how the conditioning programming variables interact with one another, and how manipulation of these variables affects overall physical performance. This is informed by evidence-based research from the disciplines of physiology, biomechanics, motor control and anatomy. Students will be required to design conditioning programs for different types of athletes (including individual and team-sport) and will be assessed on their interpretation of testing results and their creation of appropriate training programs.

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AHE2006 - Exercise Interventions for Healthy Populations

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Analyse and synthesise information regarding specific physiological and other demands of a mode of training or sport;  
  2. Critically evaluate and apply physical training practices within different modes of training and sports, in order to optimise the physical capacities that are important for performance;  
  3. Devise conditioning programs for a variety of athletes demonstrating critical thinking, creativity and judgement, based on training variables important for the achievement of physical performance goals;  
  4. Formulate athlete monitoring systems (specific to sport/s) in diverse contexts and present data on the success of these models in an effective manner; and  
  5. Adapt and manipulate training variables, so as to achieve desired physical responses from individual athletes.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Test Multiple choice quiz based on theoretical content (basic concepts of periodization and testing) 10%
Test Multiple choice quiz based on theoretical content (specific physiological concepts and capacities) 10%
Report Report comprising a) training program for a case study and b) relevant industry expert interview with reflective report 60%
Presentation In groups, research and present an annual plan for a chosen athlete/sport/event 20%

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