Exercise Physiology for Clinicians (EXSS2027)


The aim of this unit is to provide students with a broad understanding of the physiological responses and adaptations to physical activity and inactivity. The unit has a primary focus on the physiological responses to exercise, and the application of exercise as a treatment modality.. The unit describes the basic metabolic, cardiovascular and respiratory responses and adaptations to exercise training in healthy, asymptomatic individuals (children, adults and the elderly). Attention is given to special populations who are often in need of increased exercise training (eg. overweight, obese, elderly). Two class experiments are included during lecture hours to add practical experience and to develop critical thinking.

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1x1-hr and 1x2-hr lecture/week, 4x1-hr tutorials/semester


Written Assessments (25%), mid semester exam (25%), end semester exam (50%)


Powers, SK and Howley ET, Exercise Physiology; Theory and Application to Fitness and Performance (8th Ed). McGraw-Hill (2012).

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Bachelor of Health Sciences students must have completed EXSS1032 for enrolment into this unit of study

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