SP6040 - Physiological Basis of Training and Performance

What will I learn on this module?

This module covers the prescription of exercise to improve sport specific fitness and sporting performance. The focus of this module is on?evidence-based?practice. Throughout the module you will investigate the most appropriate method(s) of training to enhance a range of components of fitness. To do this, you will be required to gather and evaluate the scientific literature that exists for different components of fitness. Furthermore, you will be required to explain?the physiological adaptations that arise from different training methods and the?resulting?causal mechanism(s)?for?improving performance. In addition to the critical understanding of physiological adaptations, you will examine the principles of training programme design,?factors that influence training programmes.?Throughout the module, you will be encouraged to critically review the?body of?literature?on each topic,?not just in terms?general conclusion(s)?but also?the applicability of the findings to?athletes from all sectors of society.??

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn through lectures, seminars,?practicals?and workshops. The main concepts on each topic will be delivered through formal but interactive lectures. Seminars are used for you to examine and discuss topics in more detail, while?practicals?and workshops provide you with an opportunity to develop the skills and understanding required to become a practitioner. Seminars will?require you to either read and prepare work ahead of the session to discuss in greater detail?during?the session (research-tutored approach) or?to find information to questions posed for in-class discussion (research-based approach); in both approaches the onus is upon you to complete the preparatory work. The seminars will evaluate the task you have completed and focus on the application of the knowledge to working with athletes. Practical sessions will either be experimental data collection to investigate a particular?issue,?or the development of skills required as a practitioner.?

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Support materials for sessions will be available to you on?the elP; including the lecture slides, Panopto recordings of lectures, seminar tasks, suggested reading, access to interactive digital resources and websites, and other useful resources such as discussion boards and invitations to attend lectures by guest speakers. Some of the lectures and seminars have supporting video clips on YouTube. For further support on taught sessions, you can access the tutors for one-to-one discussions and tutorials via the online tutorial booking system.?
Formative preparation for the assessment will take place in both a dedicated lecture and seminar on the assessment; there are also seminars where you will be able to discuss the evidence base of different training methods and optimal strategies for different sports. In addition, there is a specific workshop on prescribing training and training intensities based on physiological test data.??
Transcripts from a?sample previous year’s examinations?will also be made available on?elP.??
You will receive formative and summative feedback on the assessments and within preparatory sessions. Furthermore, you?have the opportunity to?discuss any concerns you may have with the module tutor.??
There is also comprehensive help available in the university library on a wide range of generic academic topics such as: academic writing, statistics, report writing, referencing, and how to hone your presentation skills.?

If this module is in option pot two for your programme, you will receive advice and guidance at a module options event to help you make an informed decision about how it fits with your own academic and professional development. Online pre-learning material will be made available to help you prepare for the module.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

On successful completion of this module, you will be able to:?

Knowledge & Understanding:??

1. Critically evaluate the physiological adaptations, both structural and functional, that arise from training various components of?fitness;

2. Evaluate the demands of a sport and design periodised training?programmes;?

3. Critically discuss considerations that can influence the training?programme;?

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:?

4. Design?and defend a training programme?

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):?

5. Demonstrate an understanding of the need for an ethical and sensitive approach when working with clients from diverse cultural and?sporting?groups.?

How will I be assessed?

You will undertake?two?pieces?of assessment in this module.?
You are required to?submit an annual training programme?comprising of three x A4 pages (25%; MLO’s 1, 2, 4) and?defend?it?during a viva voce exam?(75%; MLO’s 1, 2, 3, 4, 5).?This means you?will be expected to create?a?twelve-month?training programme for an athlete selected from a?specified?range of sports. You will?have a?10?minute?viva voce exam where you will be expected to answer questions on the underpinning rationale, design and expected physiological adaptations of your training programme.??
Formative preparation for the assessment will take place in seminars where you will be able to discuss the evidence base of different training methods, optimal strategies for different sports and approaches to planning and a constructing training programme.

Summative Feedback
You will receive written or audio feedback on your summative assessment to help you identify areas of strength and areas for development. There will be the opportunity to discuss your feedback with a member of staff during a tutorial.





Module abstract

A coach to numerous Olympic gold medallists once said ‘Successful training is intelligent training. Intelligent training is about knowing the why of training as well as the how and what’. This module is about the why of training for sports performance. It covers the physiological?adaptations?that occur?due to?different training methods and?how?this improves performance. In addition to training induced physiological adaptations,?this module?also investigates training programme design to optimise?sports performance.?This module has a number?problem-based?learning tasks that require you to prepare work prior to the taught sessions, this preparation is an integral part to the successful running of this module.?

Course info

UCAS Code CB65

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years Full Time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2024 or September 2025

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