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EXSS2032: Exercise Training Physiology and Biochemistry

2024 unit information

The aim of this unit is to provide students with an understanding of the fundamental principles of exercise training adaptations. Specifically, students will be introduced to the basic principles of training including overload, reversibility and specificity as well as the concept of fatigue and training to enhance fatigue resistance. This unit will cover the different physiological systems including the cardiovascular and respiratory system, endocrine system and metabolic pathways pertaining to energy regulation and their related adaptations to training. Finally, how these adaptations may be impacted by various environmental stimuli or pharmacological treatments will be explored. During practical classes and tutorials, students will develop skills required for assessing readiness to train; implementation of training programs; and data collection for assessing success of a training program.

Unit details and rules

Managing faculty or University school:

Movement Sciences

Code EXSS2032
Academic unit Movement Sciences
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge:

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

  • LO1. Be able to identify key components and role of the cardiovascular, respiratory, neurological, endocrine and immune systems in the response to acute exercise and subsequent adaptations with training
  • LO2. Be able to describe how specific systems respond to acute changes in metabolic demand and explain fundamental mechanisms underscoring changes in fuel utilisation, macronutrient storage and mechanisms of fatigue following training
  • LO3. Be able to demonstrate an understanding of the interaction between physiological responses to exercise in variable environmental conditions as well as relevant examples of nutritional and technological ergogenic aids
  • LO4. Be able to describe the role of relevant systems underpinning common pathologies with consideration of contraindications to training as well as the interaction of pharmacological treatments in the context of training
  • LO5. Demonstrate competency in the measurement, analysis and interpretation of data pertaining to physiological measurements at rest, during acute exercise and following a training program.
  • LO6. Demonstrate a fundamental capacity to evaluate and communicate in written form the reporting of physiological assessments to either clients and/or other relevant stakeholders

Unit availability

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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 1 2024
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 1 2021
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 1 2022
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 1 2023
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

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