Exercise Testing and Prescription
Available in 2012
Previously offered in 2011, 2010, 2009
This course teaches students how to measure exercise performance parameters and develop exercise prescription (training programs). The course also explores the legal and ethical issues of exercise testing, pre-participation screening and risk appraisal. Topics covered include the assessment of aerobic capacity, body composition, and muscular strength, power, endurance and flexibility. The application of both laboratory and field based tests will be covered in lectures and laboratories. The theory and practice of designing individualised and group exercise prescription is covered, which includes endurance training, interval training and resistance training.
This course includes a Compulsory Course Component that requires the demonstration of competency in a variety of tasks (according to a checklist) as signed off by the lecturer and/or tutor during weekly laboratories. This Component is directly linked to course objectives 1 and 3.
In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory Health and Safety requirement. Students will receive full information on this Compulsory Course Component in the course outline provided by the School.
On successful completion of this course students will be able to:
1. Undertake pre-participation screening and assess risk classification;
2. Explain the principles of exercise testing, factors that affect test results and criteria to terminate tests;
3. Describe, design and demonstrate competency in the conduct of various exercise tests specific to an individual's fitness and training goals (eg. aerobic, anaerobic, body composition, and muscular strength, power, endurance and flexibility);
4. Interpret and rate the results of exercise tests and report findings to the individual tested;
5. Explain the principles of exercise prescription including components and stages of an exercise program;
6. Design a unique training program that suits the specific training goals of an individual and/or group;
7. Appreciate the legal and safety considerations of exercise testing and training.
- Legal, ethical and safety consideration
- Health Screening and Risk Stratification
- Principles of exercise testing and prescription
- Physiological adaptations to training
- Testing Cardiorespiratory Fitness
- Cardiorespiratory exercise prescription
- Testing Musculoskeletal Fitness
- Resistance Training
- Flexibility testing and prescription
- Anaerobic capacity testing and prescription
- Testing Body Composition
- Exercise prescription for body composition changes
SPOR3020 Exercise Testing and Prescription for Sport
SPOR2010 Exercise Physiology (or concurrent enrolment in SPOR2010)
HUBS1403 Biomedical Science Part I
HUBS1404 Biomedical Science Part II
Modes of Delivery
Laboratory: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Lecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term