An overview of the physiological changes that occur with age, obesity, and medical conditions, and the impact these changes have on exercise prescription.
Physical inactivity is a recognised contributory factor to chronic disease development,
whereas regular physical activity is associated with reduced rates of cardiovascular
disease, diabetes, hypertension, metabolic syndrome, depression and some cancers.
This paper introduces students to the concept of physical activity/exercise for prevention and treatment of diseases. Students will learn the changes that occur in physiological systems that underpin specific disease processes and conditions and how these changes impact when prescribing exercise. Health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, hypertension and cancer are presented using a systems-to-cellular approach to assist in understanding the key physiological concepts. PHSE 511 provides the theoretical and empirical evidence that informs exercise prescription in specific clinical groups within the population. This knowledge provides the preparation required for students to study PHSE 517: Exercise for Clinical Populations and PHSE 508: Exercise in Cancer Recovery.
|Paper title||Medical Aspects of Exercise and Physical Activity|
|Teaching period||First Semester|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$1,590.98|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$5,357.07|
- PHSE 202 and PHSE 203
- PHSE 311
- Limited to
- BPhEd(Hons), PGCertAppSc, PGDipAppSc, PGDipOE, PGDipPE, MAppSc, MDanceSt, MPhEd
- Recommended Preparation
- One 200-level BIOC or PHSL paper
- Suitable for students with an interest in exercise for health benefits.
- More information link
- View more information on the School of Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Sciences' website
- Teaching staff
- Course Co-ordinator and Lecturer: Dr Lynnette Jones
- Paper Structure
- This paper addresses interactions between exercise and:
- Heart disease
- Respiratory Disorders
- Spinal cord injury
- Teaching Arrangements
- Tutorial attendance is compulsory.
- Text books are not required for this paper.
Readings for each area will be made available on Blackboard. Recommended texts will be available on close reserve in the library.
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Lifelong learning, Critical thinking, Self-motivation, Teamwork, Communication.
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- Learning Outcomes
- On completing the paper students should demonstrate:
- In-depth understanding of the underlying pathophysiological mechanisms that lead to the development of certain disease processes and conditions and physiological changes that occur with ageing and spinal cord injury
- The ability to discuss suitable exercise programmes for individuals who present with any of the health conditions studied in the paper and exercise programmes for older individuals and those with spinal injury