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SES5107 Physiological Aspects of Strength and Conditioning

Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Health and Medical Sciences
Student contribution band : 2021 Grandfather Funding Cl 1
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 16 May 2022


Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MASC or GSCC or GSCD


This course introduces Master of Strength and Conditioning students to the physiological aspects of strength and conditioning and is designed to build on the fundamental understanding that students already have of sport and exercise physiology. The course provides students with a more in-depth knowledge of the physiological changes the body experiences in response to the various types of strength and conditioning applications including exposure to different climatic environments. By having a greater understanding of how the body responds and adapts, particularly from a mechanistic point of view, students will be able to understand the impact of their programming choices across the various strength and conditioning applications. This includes exploration of cellular and molecular responses following muscular hypertrophy, anaerobic and aerobic conditioning, body composition and skeletal muscle fatigue. By possessing this knowledge, students will be able to apply the scientific principles of strength and conditioning learnt in other Master courses more effectively when engaging with athletic populations.

This course examines the physiological aspects of strength and conditioning in detail, exploring mechanistic factors and the specific physiological, cellular and molecular and responses they bring about from the strength and conditioning stimulus applied. The course examines a number of key sport and exercise physiology areas including the mechanisms controlling the hypertrophic responses and adaptations to resistance training as well as how the body physiological responds and adapts to anaerobic and aerobic training including when applied in different climatic environments. The course also examines gross and cellular body composition changes and skeletal muscle fatigue including physiological mechanisms and strategies to combat fatigue, both issues experienced by athletes. The theoretical and practical knowledge gained from this course will assist students in designing higher quality programs for strength and conditioning. Students will engage in a variety of learning activities including Problem-Based Learning, online discussion, collaboration, and peer learning.

Course offers

Semester Mode Campus
Semester 2, 2022 Online
Date printed 16 May 2022