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SPEX305 Athletic Conditioning and Rehabilitation

The study of evidence-based practice for sport-specific conditioning and rehabilitation to reduce the risk of injury and improve performance in athlete populations.

Effective rehabilitation post injury is vital for long-term athlete well-being and performance. The initial phases of injury rehabilitation are the responsibility of the physiotherapist while the later phases for return to play are managed by a strength and conditioning coach. Performance gaps left by ineffective post-injury conditioning may result in career-limiting recurrent injuries. For the athlete's safe return to sport, the rehabilitation team must work together to bridge the rehabilitation-conditioning-performance gap.

The class is taught from the perspective of the strength and conditioning coach. We will examine athletic conditioning for rehabilitation and optimal return to play results utilising principles of motor control, physiology and biomechanics.

Paper title Athletic Conditioning and Rehabilitation
Paper code SPEX305
Subject Sport, Physical Education and Exercise
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,141.35
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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(PHSE 202 and PHSE 203) or (Two of SPEX 201, SPEX 202, SPEX 203)
PHSE 310
Schedule C

Teaching staff

Co-ordinator: Associate Professor Melanie Bussey
Lecturers: Associate Professor Melanie Bussey
Professor Jim Cotter

Teaching Arrangements

Lectures and laboratories.

Attendance at laboratories is compulsory.


Gregory Haff, Travis Triplett (Eds). (2016). Essentials of strength training and conditioning. (4th ed). Human Kinetics. Champaign Il,USA.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Critical thinking, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of this paper students will be able to:

  • Identify athlete training needs
  • Understand human adaptation to physical conditioning
  • Develop specific training sessions and organise these into a training plan
  • Utilise evidence-based practice and to critically evaluate research and innovation in the area of physical conditioning

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Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Wednesday 12:00-12:50 9-14, 16-22
Friday 12:00-13:50 9-13, 16-22


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Monday 14:00-15:50 10-12, 14, 18, 20, 22
A2 Tuesday 14:00-15:50 10-12, 14, 18, 20, 22
A3 Wednesday 14:00-15:50 10-12, 14, 17, 20, 22
A4 Thursday 10:00-11:50 10-12, 14, 17, 20, 22
A5 Thursday 14:00-15:50 10-12, 14, 17, 20, 22
A6 Friday 14:00-15:50 10-13, 17, 20, 22
A7 Tuesday 09:00-10:50 10-12, 14, 18, 20, 22
A8 Wednesday 09:00-10:50 10-12, 14, 17, 20, 22
A9 Monday 11:00-12:50 10-12, 14, 18, 20, 22
A10 Tuesday 11:00-12:50 10-12, 14, 18, 20, 22