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EXSS2022: Exercise Physiology-Training Adaptations

2021 unit information

This unit is concerned with the physiological adaptations associated with training. This unit will focus on cardiorespiratory and metabolic adaptations to endurance, high resistance and interval/sprint training, and benefits/interference effects of concurrent training. The implications of training will be discussed with respect to mechanisms behind muscle damage and fatigue, improved fatigue resistance resulting from changes in the structural and functional capacities of organ systems under normal conditions as well as altered environmental conditions such as altitude and temperature. The physical and physiological mechanisms that determine exercise and work performance in the heat, and how these can be modified, will also be examined. Appropriate recovery, in particular sleep needs in athletes, will also be discussed. This unit will build on fundamental topics of EXSS2028 Exercise Physiology and Biochemistry.

Unit details and rules

Managing faculty or University school:

Movement Sciences

Code EXSS2022
Academic unit Movement Sciences
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge:

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. discuss the adaptive responses to sprint, endurance, resistance training and concurrent training
  • LO2. describe the physiological and metabolic responses to detraining
  • LO3. Define the metabolic, physiological and neural factors that limit exercise capacity and describe how fatigue may be quantified in terms of changing power output
  • LO4. define central and peripheral fatigue with reference to theoretical and empirical evidence
  • LO5. recall the theories underlying the mechanisms of exercise induced muscle damage (e.g. inflammation, popped sarcomeres, free radicals etc.) and describe the time course of delayed onset muscle soreness in relation to the progression and repair of muscle damage
  • LO6. describe the signs, causes and contributing factors related to overtraining
  • LO7. discuss the relationship between exercise (acute and chronic) and immune functions
  • LO8. describe the effects of strenuous exercise/training on locomotor muscles and the need for recovery, in particular, sleep recovery
  • LO9. Describe the methods of group exercise instruction
  • LO10. discuss the physical laws of altitude, altitude-related illnesses, acute and chronic physiological, metabolic and biochemical responses to altitude exposure, altitude training (natural and simulated, live high-train high, live high-train low, and intermittent) and exercise performance
  • LO11. describe how the distribution of cardiac output changes with increasing exercise intensity in a cold environment and hot environment
  • LO12. discuss the critical stimulus/stimuli for eliciting adaptations to exercising in the heat
  • LO13. describe the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion versus heat stroke, treatment of heat exhaustion and heat stroke
  • LO14. demonstrate an ability to implement a group exercise program in community and gym contexts, which takes into account various fitness levels
  • LO15. demonstrate skills in performing body exercises with no equipment (squats, lunges and push-ups) and with resistive bands, stretching and balance
  • LO16. demonstrate an ability to prescribe and deliver an exercise training program that engages core skills of squats, lunges and push-ups with proper form
  • LO17. demonstrate competence in reporting a training study.

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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 2 Early 2020
Normal day Cumberland, Sydney
Semester 2 2021
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 2 2021
Normal day Remote

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