HPSCI301-23A (TGA)

Advanced Exercise Physiology and Prescription

15 Points

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The University of Waikato
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Division of Health Engineering Computing & Science
Te Huataki Waiora School of Health

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What this paper is about

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This paper aims to critically examine the theoretical concepts and practical issues involved in prescribing and monitoring exercise and physical activity for groups and individuals ranging from high performance athletes through to those who are relatively inactive.

Changing times have increased the importance of safe and effective exercise prescription. At one pole we have the increasing reliance on sport science to optimise the performance of the growing number of professional athletes while at the other pole we face the challenges of a society with rapidly increasing levels of sedentary behaviour and associated health problems. Between those poles sport and exercise science is becoming increasingly employed in the development of safe and effective exercise interventions for, amateur athletes across a diverse and growing range of sports, the fitness industry, jobs involving heavy workloads for example firemen and shearers, military and police personnel, etc. The development of an effective exercise intervention requires a critical understanding of a wide range of scientific disciplines including; anatomy, biochemistry, biomechanics, medicine, motor learning, nutrition, physiology and psychology. Those individuals who have the requisite knowledge across these sciences and skills in critical analysis have a huge competitive advantage when applying for positions in this field. Students enrolled in the HPSCI degree have been introduced to the aforementioned scientific principles and this paper provides the opportunity to critically examine how exercise physiology knowledge can be integrated to inform best exercise prescription practices.

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How this paper will be taught

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This paper consists of a weekly FACE­-TO­-FACE two hour lecture which runs primarily as an interactive educational session where students are tasked with presenting and critically discussing research and other material associated with a variety of topics relevant to the field. Students will also attend a weekly laboratory that will provide the opportunity for hands on experience with a wide range of tools and technologies used in the field of exercise physiology to monitoring fitness, health, and performance. The students will gain skills in critically evaluating the validity and applicability of many of these systems. The laboratory classes are held at the Sports Science laboratory at Toioihomai and the University of Waikato sport science laboratory at the Adams centre at Mt Maunganui.

Lecture details: Thursday (9-11am) in room T4 at Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology (Windemere Campus)

Workshop/Tutorial details: Thursday (11-1pm) the Sports Science Lab at Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology. Other venues will also be utilised throughout the semester and these details will be communicated weekly through Moodle.

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Required Readings

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Physiology of Sport and Exercise : Kenney, Wilmore, & Costill, 5th Edition. Human Kinetics, Champaign, IL.
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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Critically explore the relationships between physiology, physical activity, performance, fitness, and health
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  • Critically examine the scientific principles underpinning the development and maintenance of fitness across the components of fitness
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  • Develop an appreciation for how a knowledge of cardiorespiratory, neuromuscular, and endocrine physiology are linked to sound prescription practices
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Assessments

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How you will be assessed

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Students are graded on THREE assignments which are based around the laboratory tasks and material presented. Detailed assessment and marking criteria will be provided in class workshops and available on Moodle:

Assignment One (20%) This is an individual assignment. Consists of two written laboratory reports: a) VO2max/ Lactate Testing and Interpretation (15%); and b) Repeated Sprint Ability (15%). The reports will include; data collection, data reporting, interpretation and application to exercise prescription and monitoring.

Assignment Two (40%) This is an individual assignment. Consists of three parts: a) Complete a physiology experiment designed to assess the effect of heat on exercise performance and indicate the strengths and weaknesses of the protocol (5%), b) Analyse and present the data collected in the form of a scientific abstract (15%), c) Present the data collected in the form of a poster and give a 5 minute presentation (20%).

Assignment Three (40%) This is a pairs assignment: Focuses on assessing the strength of evidence in scientific work. Consists of two parts: a) complete an annotated bibliography and literature table for a research question of your choice (20%), b) present the key information provided in a), as a 10 minute presentation (20%).

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Laboratory Reports (VO2max/ Lactate and Repeated Sprint Ability)
31 Mar 2023
5:00 PM
20
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Thermoregulation Assessment
28 Apr 2023
4:00 PM
40
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. Strength of Evidence
19 May 2023
4:00 PM
40
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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