SP7523: Physiological Determinants of Athletic Performance


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SP7523: Physiological Determinants of Athletic Performance

Module Title Physiological Determinants of Athletic Performance
Module Code SP7523
Module Tutor Jonathan Hughes
School School of Sport and Exercise
CAT Points 15
Level of Study 7
Brief Description

This module will examine critically the key physiological mechanisms underpinning successful strategies to enhance athletic performance. Contemporary physiological issues within the strength and conditioning literature will be investigated, covering topics such as, the testing and interpretation of athletic performance, training methodology and principles of periodization for the preparation of elite athletes. At all times, the module will incorporate practical work with applied scientific theory to bridge the gap between the science and application of strength and conditioning principles.

Indicative Syllabus

The module content will include:

  1. Physiological and neuromuscular function and the mechanisms related to the adaptation in response to training.
  2. Contemporary training methodologies and periodization strategies
  3. Force regulation of muscle and the impact of length and velocity on performance
  4. Neural strategies for force regulation
Learning Outcomes

A student passing this module should be able to:

  1. Critically evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of physiological testing strategies
  2. Critically analyse the literature surrounding the physiological adaptations in response to a range of training methods
  3. Understand, design and implement suitable testing and training strategies, specific to the needs of an individual
  4. Demonstrate the ability to assess physiological performance via a variety of laboratory based tools
  5. Develop competency in methods of data collection and analysis to draw scientifically sound conclusions from the data and design a training programme
Learning and Teaching Activities Scheduled Contact Hours: 30
Independent Learning Hours: 120
Assessment (For further details see the Module Guide) 001: 50% Coursework: Individual, standard written: 1500 words
002: 50% Coursework: Individual, standard written: 1500 words
Special Assessment Requirements None
Indicative Resources The current reading list can be found in the Module Guide, which your lecturer should make available via Moodle.

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