This unit introduces students to the concept, theories and practical implications of physical conditioning for a range of athlete abilities across a broad spectrum of land-based sports. Critical to both lectures and tutorials are both the knowledge and practical application of speed training for athletes from beginner to advanced levels.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate understanding of current theory and research relating to speed training, including: reaction, acceleration, maximum speed, speed endurance;  
  2. Appreciate the fundamentals of running mechanics and related drills;  
  3. Appreciate the fundamentals of agility and related drills;  
  4. Demonstrate understanding of the key features of aerobic endurance systems (eg. continuous, interval, Fartlek);  
  5. Be familiar with a range of flexibility formats (ie. passive, static, dynamic, ballistic, PNF);  
  6. Demonstrate understanding of the key features of mobility, warm-up/cool-down and recovery;  
  7. Be conversant with energy system theory; and  
  8. Be familiar with appropriate use of water training as an integral component of speed development.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Practicum On-going practicum 30%
Exercise Lesson plan and exercise manual - hurdle task A + B 10%
Practicum Practical: PIL session 30%
Examination Theory exam 30%

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