Surfing is a highly popular international sport that broadly engages science to improve the technical and physical performance of its athletes. It is important to recognise that surfing possesses its own unique culture and terminology, as well as distinct physical and technical factors that relate to success in the sport. Recently, the emphasis on specific physical preparation strategies that maximise the physical and technical capacities of surfers has greatly expanded. Likewise, technological advancements in surfboard technology and performance analysis have advanced the range of technical manoeuvres and level of proficiency of surfers. By the end of this course, students will have developed an understanding of how science can be applied in order to develop the physical and technical factors that limit surfing performance.
SCIE2222 does not require students to know how to surf and will not teach students how to surf. However, if deemed competent by an external provider (as part of the risk management process of the course), then there may be the opportunity for students to surf to provide footage and material to undertake performance analysis on during practicals to allow real-world application of performance analysis techniques.
Not currently offered.
This Course was last offered in Summer 2 - 2021.
On successful completion of the course students will be able to:
1. Describe the culture and terminology of surfing;
2. Explain how the fundamentals of science are applied to improve surfing performance;
3. Examine the physical and technical demands of surfing competition and training to inform training program development;
4. Develop and deliver a physical preparation program that develops physical capacities related to surfing performance;
5. Analyse how the application of technology enhances surfing performance.
- Fundamentals of surfing science
- Surfing culture and terminology
- Technical performance factors
- Physical demands of surfing
- Physical preparation for surfing
- Surfboard design and technology
Quiz: Online quizzes
Online Learning Activity: Online workbook activities
Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Case studies - physical training programming
In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:
General Course Requirements:
- Practical: There is a compulsory attendance requirement in this course. - Students must attend all Practicals. Students must complete a compulsory safety induction prior to attending these practicals.
- Workshop: There is a compulsory attendance requirement in this course. - Students must attend all Workshops. Students must complete a compulsory safety induction prior to attending these workshops.
- Practical: Induction Requirement - Students must attend and pass the induction requirements before attending these sessions. - Students must complete a compulsory safety induction prior to attending these practicals.
- Workshop: Induction Requirement - Students must attend and pass the induction requirements before attending these sessions. - Students must complete a compulsory safety induction prior to attending these workshops.
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