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 application of exercise as both a treatment modality and a tool in rehabilitation. The unit describes the basic metabolic, cardiovascular and respiratory responses and adaptations to exercise training in healthy, asymptomatic individuals (children, adults and the elderly). The normal exercise response is compared with that in health disorders such as diabetes, arthritis, and heart and lung disease. Particular attention is given to exercise testing in clinical practice. 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


quiz (5%), class practical reports (20%), mid semester exam (25%), end semester exam (50%)


Recommended: McArdle, WD, Katch, FI and Katch,VI, Exersice Physiology: enegery Nutrition and Human Performance (5th Ed). Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (2001)

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Assumed knowledge: BIOS1170

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