Physiology of Training

The details
Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences (School of)
Colchester Campus
Postgraduate: Level 7
Monday 13 January 2025
Friday 21 March 2025
11 October 2023


Requisites for this module



Key module for

MSC C6S612 Strength and Conditioning,
MSC C6S624 Strength and Conditioning

Module description

The Physiology of Training module aims to give students an understanding of the physiological mechanism that underpin human performance.

The module will develop the student's critical knowledge around the physiological demands of short explosive, long sustained and intermittent activities from the perspective of different energy systems. Students will also gain and understanding of performing laboratory and field-based tests to physiologically profile athletes.

Module aims

The aim of the module is to equip students with the knowledge to critically evaluate the physiological limitations of human performance.

Module learning outcomes

1. A critical understanding of the integrated nature of human physiology
2. Critically discuss the physiological determinates in sport and exercise related activities.
3. Assess and interpret physiological profiles.

Module information

Indicative syllabus:

Assessing and Monitoring Endurance Performance
Physiology of Sprinting
Physiology of a Weightlifter
Physiology of 400m Runner
Physiology of Marathon Running
Physiology of Intermittent Sports
Fatigue and Implications for Training
Novel Training Techniques

Learning and teaching methods

Online lectures will take place weekly with experts in the field of strength and conditioning. To facilitate learning, online seminars will also be used to understand application of the topic and support the development of reflective skills. Face-to-face practical classes for the spring onsite are included to support learning in a practical setting.


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography for this year.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
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Coursework Exam
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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Jamie Tallent, email:
SRES Office, email: sres (Non essex users should add to create the full email address)



External examiner

Dr Thomas Ian Gee
University of Lincoln
Associate Professor in Strength and Conditioning
Available via Moodle
No lecture recording information available for this module.


Further information

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