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SR 4301

Course Co-ordinator: Dr A Jenkinson and Dr A Lionikas

Pre-requisite(s): SR 3001

Co-requisite(s): SR 4001

This course provides a detailed coverage of the physiological responses to exercise, using both human and animal models. It emphasises the factors which are thought to limit exercise capacity in different situations. There will be emphasis on fatigue in high intensity exercise, with a focus on adenine nucleotide depletion, effects of pH on muscle contractility, and electrolyte changes in muscle. The potential limitations to oxygen transport will be discussed. The factors associated with fatigue in prolonged exercise will also be examined. These include: substrate depletion, thermal balance, dehydration. How the body adapts to training and the effects of excessive overload will be considered. This will include both positive and negative effects of training, which may influence health and performance such as immune function, bone adaptation and dietary intakes. In addition, the influence of genotype on performance will be investigated.

6 week course - 3 one-hour lectures per week and 3 tutorials.

1st Attempt: 1 two-hour written examination (70%) and in-course assessment (30%).