Strength and conditioning coaches and sports scientists working with athletic populations require the tools and knowledge to safely design effective training programs that will enhance athletic potential and performance. Enhancing the key capacities of speed, agility and endurance will improve performance outcomes for the vast majority of athletes. The specific aim of this unit is to develop an in depth understanding of the theories and concepts that go into creating effective speed, agility and endurance for high performance athletes. This includes developing knowledge relating to movement capacity and various methods of effective field and lab tests, as well as understanding the key components of program design and implementation. Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to safely develop and deliver programs which will enhance an athlete's aerobic performance as well as quickness and agility.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Critically review and investigate common assessment techniques and their efficacy to determine speed, agility and endurance performance and use this data to formulate appropriate testing batteries for athletic populations;  
  2. Evaluate and report on the application and efficacy of commonly utilised training systems in helping improve speed/agility or endurance performance and use this information to guide the development of appropriate programming; and,  
  3. Conceptualise, create and justify well designed speed & agility and endurance programs addressing the needs of an individual athlete.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Assignment Develop a comprehensive list of strength a power tests used in the sporting context and their effectiveness including reliability 20%
Report Report on a training system used commonly in athletic settings and its application and effectiveness 30%
Case Study Effective testing, data interpretation and program development for enhancing the speed and agility and endurance performance of a case study athlete 50%

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