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Sports Training Physiology

Module titleSports Training Physiology
Module codeESS1502
Academic year2021/2
Module staff

Dr Lee Wylie (Convenor)

Mr Matthew Campbell (Lecturer)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks


Number students taking module (anticipated)


Description - summary of the module content

Module description

This module will provide you with an overview of physiological mechanisms that underpin training adaptions and subsequent sporting performance. You will gain an appreciation of the principles of training and an overview of how practitioners design training programmes to improve endurance, speed endurance, speed, power, flexibility, and agility performance for athletes and recreational participants. You will develop knowledge of the different fitness demands of various sports as well as an understanding of lab and field-testing methods used to assess sporting performance, and recovery strategies. There are no pre- or co-requisites for this module and the module is suitable for non-specialist students who have studied related topics. 

Module aims - intentions of the module

This module seeks to provide you with the theoretical foundations of exercise physiology in relation to training for endurance, speed endurance, speed, flexibility and agility. You will cover the theoretical aspects of training programme design and complement this with practical laboratory sessions to assess and analyse the physiological response to different types of training.

As a result of completing this module you will develop the following graduate skills:

  • Application of knowledge
  • Team working
  • Oral and written communication
  • Ethical awareness
  • Data analysis and management skills
  • Ability to apply discipline knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 1. Evaluate training-induced physiological adaptations
  • 2. Evaluate training and recovery methodologies
  • 3. Identify individual-, sport- or activity-specific training requirements

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 4. Demonstrate scientific writing skills through the production of a short case study
  • 5. Apply knowledge across a range of different perspectives and concepts and apply it to practical considerations in exercise and sports

ILO: Personal and key skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 6. Take responsibility for own learning and development of the key skills of time management and an ability to share responsibility and perform set tasks, using appropriate technology and information resources

Syllabus plan

Syllabus plan

As part of the module you will cover the following topics:

  • Module introduction
  • Basics of exercise training
  • Aerobic training
  • Speed training
  • Speed endurance training
  • Flexibility and agility training
  • Resistance training
  • Plyometric training
  • Field testing
  • Recovery strategies
  • Planning of training, periodisation, and tapering

Learning and teaching

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching12Practical classes and seminars
Scheduled Learning and Teaching22Lecture content
Guided Independent Study25Training proposal writing
Guided Independent Study24Reading
Guided Independent Study25Ongoing engagement activities
Guided Independent Study10Seminar preparation
Guided Independent Study32Exam preparation


Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Online short-form practice MCQ/QuizzesWeekly (various lengths)1-3, 5-6Oral and written

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Exercise training programme20250 words, maximum 1 table and 0 figures1-6Written
Written examination801 hour 15 minutes1-3, 5-6Written


Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Exercise training programmeExercise training programme1-6August/September assessment period
Written examinationWritten examination1-3, 5-6August/September assessment period

Re-assessment notes

Deferral – if you miss an assessment for certificated reasons judged acceptable by the Mitigation Committee, you will normally be either deferred in the assessment or an extension may be granted. The mark given for a re-assessment taken as a result of deferral will not be capped and will be treated as it would be if it were your first attempt at the assessment.

Referral – if you have failed the module overall (i.e. a final overall module mark of less than 40%) you will be required to sit a further examination or submit a further short case study as necessary. If you are successful on referral, your overall module mark will be capped at 40%.


Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

  • American College of Sports Medicine (2013). ACSM's Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription (9th ed.). Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins.
  • Baechle, T. R. & Earle, R. W. (2008). Essentials of strength training and conditioning (3rd ed.). Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.
  • Gamble, P (2012). Strength and conditioning for team sports: Sport specific physical preparation for high performance (2nd ed.). Oxon, UK: Routledge.
  • Hoffman, J. (2014). Physiological aspects of sport training and performance (2nd ed.). Champaign IL: Human Kinetics.
  • Kenney, W. L., Wilmore, J. & Costill, D., L. (2011). Physiology of sport and exercise (5th ed.). Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.
  • McArdle, WD, Katch, FI, and Katch, VL. (2006) Exercise Physiology: Energy, Nutrition and Human Performance, Lippincott Williams and Wilkins; 6th Revised edition. 

Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources


Module has an active ELE page

Indicative learning resources - Other resources

  • European Journal of Applied Physiology
  • Exercise Science Reviews
  • International Journal of Sports Medicine
  • Journal of Sport Sciences
  • Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
  • Sports Medicine

Key words search

Sport science, sports training, sports testing, physiology, activity profile, physiolocical demands, aerobic, anaerobic, speed, intensity

Credit value15
Module ECTS


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