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HL30469: Sports physiology 1: training practices

[Page last updated: 04 August 2021]

Academic Year: 2021/2
Owning Department/School: Department for Health
Credits: 6 [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Notional Study Hours: 120
Level: Honours (FHEQ level 6)
Semester 1
Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Assessment Detail:
  • Assignment (CW 100%)
Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Aims: To develop the key conceptual knowledge of contemporary advanced physiology and investigate specific contemporary applied practices that utilise the advanced physiology concepts in a sports performance environment.

Learning Outcomes: At the end of this unit students will be able to:
* Effectively identify contemporary sports performance training practices.
* Discuss the underpinning physiology from an exercise and sports perspective.
* Analyse, reflect, evaluate and critically appraise the training practices and their relevance to a specific sports performance context.

Skills: Reading, Analysis, Interpretation, Application, Communication.

* Kinetics and kinematics, human muscle function (force profiles), exercise specificity
* Physiological adaptations of strength and endurance training, the concept of concurrent training implications.
* Training on unstable / stable surfaces. Theory and rationale of vibration training.
* Altitude training.
* Trunk anatomy considerations of training and mid section stability.
* Flexibility training, assessment and development techniques.
* Physiomechanical aspects of plyometric training.
* Speed agility and quickness training.
* Post activation potentiation.
* Recovery strategies managing fatigue. (cryotherapy, hydrotherapy).

Programme availability:

HL30469 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department for Health
  • UHHL-AFB12 : BSc(Hons) Sport (Sports Performance) (Work-based learning) (Year 1)


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