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Module Title
Physiology of Fitness and Performance Testing

chronic adaptation; needs analysis; assessment of fitness

SCQF Points15
ECTS Points7.5
CreatedApril 2015
ApprovedSeptember 2015
Version No.1

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Prerequisites for Module

Successful completion of Stage 1 of the BSc (Hons) Applied Sport and Exercise Science course, or equivalent.

Corequisite Modules


Precluded Modules


Aims of Module

To examine chronic adaptations of the human body to exercise and enable students to conduct a range of fitness and performance testing protocols and justify their use.

Learning Outcomes for Module

On completion of this module, students are expected to be able to:

1. Explain the mechanisms behind the chronic responses of the human body to exercise.
2. Explain the underlying physiology related to various fitness and performance testing protocols.
3. Collect and interpret data from selected physiological tests.
4. Explain the strengths and weaknesses of outcome measures relevant to athletic populations.

Indicative Module Content

The chronic adaptations of the human body to exercise, including those of the cardiorespiratory and neuromuscular systems; physiological needs analysis in a sporting context; assessment of fitness variables including: body composition assessment (ISAK level 1 proforma), aerobic power assessment (submaximal and maximal VO2max estimates) power assessment (wingate test, jump tests), muscular endurance assessment (push up test), flexibility assessment (joint range of movement), strength assessment (1RM, 5RM and 10RM), speed assessment (5m, 10m, 30m sprints), agility assessment (505, Illinois, t-test) and assessment of lactate threshold.

Indicative Student Workload

Contact Hours

Full Time

Directed Study

Online Study packs

Private Study



Mode of Delivery

A combination of lectures and online study packs which are both supported by practical classes and tutorials.

Assessment Plan

Learning Outcomes Assessed
Component 1 1,2,3,4

Observed Structured Practical Exam

Indicative Bibliography

1.TANNER, R.K. & GORE, C.J., 2013. Physiological tests for elite athletes. 2nd ed. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics
2.WINTER, E.M., 2007. Sport and exercise physiological testing guidelines. London: Routledge
3.BAECHLE, T.R. & EARLE, R.W., 2008. Essentials of strength training and conditioning. 3rd ed. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.
4.BEAM, W., & ADAMS, G., 2013. Exercise physiology laboratory manual. 7th ed. London: McGraw-Hill
5.AMERICAN COLLEGE OF SPORTS MEDICINE., 2014. ACSM’s resource manual for guidelines for exercise testing and prescription. 7th ed. Baltimore: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins
6.HOFFMAN, J., 2006. Norms for fitness performance and health. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics

Additional Notes

A pass will not normally be awarded for this module unless the student has attended a minimum of 80% of all learning opportunities.
A pass will not normally be awarded for this module unless the student has participated in at least two research projects (either as a participant or an assistant).

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