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Scholar-Athlete: Sport Physiology

This course is no longer being offered.

Course Description

To understand the organ systems integrated response and adaptations to the stress of exercise.

This topic is interesting to anyone who wants to understand what their body is actually doing during exercise and post exercise at the biological level. The course will introduce and demystify training regimens and diets. Students will be introduced to sciences' evolving role in making an athlete.

The focus of this course is the main organ systems that collectively function to allow the body to exercise. Covered systems include Nervous System, Muscle, Cardiovascular, Respiratory, and Endocrine Physiology. In addition, general metabolic pathways and fuel sources will be introduced. The students will also learn theories behind basic training methods, coaching, ergogenics and athletic fitness tests. Current trends in exercise research will be blended into each session.

The course will lend a concise introduction to the Physiology of Exercise. Students will get acquainted with scientific literature and be privy to the latest trends on muscle synthesis, fuels, ergogenic aids, and training regimens. Lab and field work will expose them to adaptations in the organ systems during exercise as well as the science of measuring the quality of performance as well as.

At the end of the course the students will see that the body systems as a whole communicate, adapt, and collectively work together towards a new steady state homeostatic point. They will have an idea of how when one system goes awry certain consequences will follow. Students will have hands on experience in physiology testing practices. If an athlete students, will gain foundation of why their sport requires certain training. Finally they will be able to discuss the current trends in research on areas discussed as well as a picture to where exercise science is leaning towards for the future.

Basic Biology is helpful but not required.

*Please note: This course has a Supplemental Fee of $200.00.