Module details for Physiological Adaptations for Performance


The overall purpose of this module is to develop students’ understanding of the core physiological concepts that underpin performance. This will be achieved by explicitly addressing students’ knowledge of biochemical, cardiovascular and neuromuscular bases for performance and training the body for endurance, team and strength. Throughout this module, students will utilise both physiological and biomechanical equipment to allow them to explore and collect physiological data in relation to enhancing sports performance outcomes.


The aim of this Module is to provide the student with an understanding of the physiology underpinning sports performance and its adaptation to training and ergogenic aids.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module the student should be able to:

1.  Critically evaluate the role of different physiological systems in performance

2.  Analyse the physiological outcomes of training

3.  Explain performance enhancement and evaluate different physiological strategies to improve performance

4.  Synthesise performance testing with physiological concepts and training outcomes

Indicative Content

1 Biochemistry of performance

Students will explore the core concepts of energy production during sport and exercise, the metabolic processes and the rate limiting steps for performance and the metabolic adaptations to training.

2 Cardiovascular system and performance

Students will learn about cardiac output and blood flow regulation and cardiovascular adaptation to training.

3 Neuromuscular system and performance

Students will learn about the contractile mechanism, motor unit activation, neuromuscular fatigue and strength, power and speed performance.

4 Doping and performance

Students will develop an understanding of the role of doping in elite sport and the physiological adaptations to doping.

5 Training for performance

Students will explore different training modalities to improve endurance and anaerobic power and strength and how to plan energy specific programmes.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Teaching and Learning Method Hours
Lecture 12
Tutorial/Seminar 6
Practical Activity 21
Assessment 40
Independent 121
Total 200

Guidance notes

SCQF Level - The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework provides an indication of the complexity of award qualifications and associated learning and operates on an ascending numeric scale from Levels 1-12 with SCQF Level 10 equating to a Scottish undergraduate Honours degree.

Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.


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