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.

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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; and,  
  3. Critique and implement current knowledge and research of training methods to optimise balance, strength, power, speed and agility.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Assignment Assignment on determinants of muscle function, speed, power and change of direction 30%
Assignment Assignment on assessing muscle function, strength, power, speed and agility 35%
Case Study Based on several case studies students will formulate a written and verbal report on programming for all physical capacities covered in the unit 35%

Required reading

Supertraining. 6th ed.
Verkhoshansky, Y., & Siff, M. C. (2009).
Rome, Italy: Verkhoshansky.

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