Clinical Exercise Testing and Prescription

Course code SPOR3010Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Environmental and Life Sciences

This course covers a comprehensive range of knowledge and skills that are important for clinical exercise testing and exercise prescription. A theoretical background for exercise testing across a range of clinical medical conditions is provided with a strong focus on the correct assessment and prescription principles. Additionally, students will become familiar with standard preparation, monitoring and recovery procedures for exercise tests in clinical populations. The lecture content has a very practical focus and the nature of the laboratory classes reflects the environment found in professional testing facilities.

This course includes a compulsory course component that requires the students to demonstrate competency in a variety of tasks in a practical examination.

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.

Not available in 2015

ObjectivesOn successful completion of this course students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate an ability to identify risk factors for metabolic, respiratory, cardiovascular and musculoskeletal diseases that require consultation with a medical practitioner before participating in, or changing, a physical activity program;
2. Modify standard or adopt appropriate fitness tests and programs for special groups, such as children, older adults, pregnant women or those with diseases or conditions such as osteoarthritis and asthma;
3. Apply the theoretical basis of the selection, and validation, of a graded exercise test and be able to practically implement this;
4. Describe the effects of commonly prescribed medication that may influence the heart rate, blood pressure and electrocardiographic responses to exercise;
5. Identify abnormal electrocardiographic responses to exercise of varying duration and intensity and explain the underlying mechanisms;
6. Demonstrate an ability to use and calibrate equipment used in exercise physiology, such as gas and lactate analysers and various ergometers.
Content* Dealing with clinical populations
* Exercise behaviour and adherence
* Program administration
* Cardiovascular diseases
* Pulmonary diseases
* Metabolic disorders
* Obesity and body composition disorders
* Cancer and immune system disorders
* Falls prevention
* Neurological disorders
* Aging populations
* Musculoskeletal disorders
* Test protocols and modalities
* Electrocardiography
* Cardiac Arrhythmias
* Analysis of gas exchange data
Replacing Course(s)NA
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeSPOR1020 Exercise, Health and Disease throughout the Life Cycle
SPOR2010 Exercise Physiology I
SPOR2050 Exercise Testing and Prescription
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Examination: Formal
Laboratory ExercisesWritten assignments and Practical examination.

This component has a compulsory course component that requires the students to demonstrate competency in a variety of tasks in a practical examination and obtain a passing grade of at least 50% in the practical exam. This compulsory course component is required for the course objectives 3 and 6 and contributes to the requirements set for accreditation by the professional body, the Australian Association for Exercise & Sport Science.

On successful completion of the practical examination, a final mark will be given in the course and it will be recorded that the student satisfied the compulsory course component.

All students sitting the practical examination will be judged to
have had sufficient opportunity to demonstrate their attainment of the relevant course objectives. Those students who fail to satisfy the compulsory course component will have the normal avenues of appeal open to them.
Contact HoursPractical: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Lecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Compulsory Course ComponentOHS-Safety Induction or Risk Assessment. Compulsory Course Components: In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory safety induction.
Compulsory Program ComponentTo be able to safely participate in laboratory exercises students are required to complete the following SPOR courses in this order: 1. SPOR2010, 2. SPOR2050 (concurrent enrolment in SPOR2010 and SPOR2050 is allowed), 3. SPOR3010, 4. SPOR3050.