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EXSS3040: Assessment of High-Performance Athletes

2024 unit information

This unit of study provides students with both theoretical knowledge and practical skills (laboratory and field-based) for the physiological assessment and training of elite athletes. The application of current tests and measurements in sports science together with training theory and practice will be critically reviewed. Special attention will be given to the role of speed, strength and endurance in sports performance. Fundamental questions concerning the nature of the training stimulus, training thresholds, plasticity of muscle, dose-response relationships, detraining and overtraining will be investigated. Teaching and learning strategies include lectures, case studies, practical test and measurement skills. On completion of this unit of study students will demonstrate competency within the sports testing environment and a capacity to provide well researched consultancy advice on sports training theory and practice.

Unit details and rules

Managing faculty or University school:

Movement Sciences

Code EXSS3040
Academic unit Movement Sciences
Credit points 6
EXSS2022 or EXSS2034 or EXSS1040
Assumed knowledge:

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

  • LO1. Understand the physiological and psychological basis of testing and training specific domains of athletic performance
  • LO2. Analyse how the body adapts to a training stimulus
  • LO3. Develop appropriate testing and training protocols, based on accurate needs analyses, to assess and improve the performance of athletic individuals
  • LO4. Evaluate the impact of environmental conditions on the body’s ability to perform exercise.

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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 2 2024
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Outline unavailable
Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 2 Early 2020
Normal day Cumberland, Sydney
Semester 2 2021
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 2 2022
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 2 2023
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

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