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HPE 207 - Fundamentals of Exercise Physiology

Credits: 3
3 Lecture Hours

Prerequisites: HPE 201  or equivalent

This is a course dealing with the basic principles of exercise physiology concerning human responses and adaptations to exercise of varying levels of stress and intensity.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:

  1. Describe the primary difference between aerobic and anaerobic metabolism and their relative importance in exercise programs.
  2. Discuss the physiologic basis of the major components of physical fitness: flexibility, cardiovascular fitness, muscle strength, muscular endurance, and body composition.
  3. Describe the structure of the skeletal muscle fiber and basic mechanism of contraction.
  4. List the physiologic adaptations of muscle metabolism and the cardiorespiratory system that occur at rest, during submaximal and maximal exercise following chronic aerobic training.
  5. Describe the response of the following variables to steady state submaximal exercise and to maximal exercise; heart rate, stroke volume, cardiac output, pulmonary ventilation, respiratory rate, arteriovenous oxygen difference, systolic, diastolic and mean blood pressure.
  6. Describe the changes associated with chronic aerobic training for each of the variables: heart rate, stroke volume, cardiac output, pulmonary ventilation, respiratory rate, arteriovenous oxygen difference.
  7. Discuss the use of submaximal and maximal cardiorespiratory fitness field tests using various modes of exercise and interpret the information obtained from the various tests.
  8. Discuss advantages, disadvantages and limitations of techniques of assessing body composition.
  9. Discuss the physiological effects for various methods modifying body composition.
Listed Topics
  1. Physiology of Exercise
  2. Internal Environment
  3. Bioenergetics
  4. Exercise Metabolism
  5. Energy Costs of Activity
  6. Neuromuscular Structure and Function
  7. Circulatory Adaptations
  8. Pulmonary Ventilation
  9. Physiology of Training
  10. Work Tests to Evaluate CRF and Performance
  11. Exercise Prescription for Health and Performance
  12. Body Composition and Nutrition for Health and Performance
  13. Exercise and the Environment
  14. Ergogenic Aids

Approved By: Sutin, Stewart Date Approved: 04/13/2007

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