Enhancing Muscular Performance

Unit code: SFS7011 | Study level: Postgraduate
(One credit point is usually equivalent to one hour of study per week)
Online Self-Paced


High performance staff in sport and rehabilitation must be able to design appropriate conditioning programs to enhance the athletic capacity of clientele. This unit will give students exposure to the various methods of specific conditioning and provide a framework for integrating this information into a single program. Students will gain an understanding of the theory and application of conditioning, including key physical capacities to develop, training principles, program progression and possible interference effects of various exercise modalities on each other. Students will develop the ability to critically appraise the conditioning programs used by high performance and rehabilitation staff.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Justify the physiological and mechanical basis underlying strength, power, speed and change of direction;
  2. Evaluate and critique current muscular and movement assessment techniques;
  3. Critique and implement current knowledge and research of training methods to optimise balance, strength, power, speed and agility: and,
  4. Exemplify communication within the professional context by presenting well-structured, coherent work at a scholarly level.

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For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Assignment
Grade: 20%
Assignment on Force Transmission and Mechanical Relationships
Assessment type: Assignment
Grade: 40%
Assignment on Neuromuscular Principles
Assessment type: Case Study
Grade: 40%
Development of exercise programs to assess and develop speed and power, based on case studies

Required reading

Selected readings will be made available via VU Collaborate.

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