A physiological analysis of exercise and sport as it relates to the total fitness level of the participant.
A physiological analysis of exercise and sport as it relates to the total fitness level of the participant. The characteristics of skeletal muscle and how it functions, the energy sources for muscular contraction, the circulatory and respiratory systems and their adaptations to exercise, and principles of training for the muscular and cardiorespiratory systems will be investigated.
The course includes laboratory experiences and a trip to the Sport Science Laboratory of Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. Laboratory experiences focus on a variety of physiological factors, such as oxygen consumption during activity, body composition, and muscular strength. Students also explore popular ergogenic aids or practices that may increase physical performance or have positive effects on overall health. These include creatine, steroids, protein supplementation and prohormones like dihydroepiandrosterone (DHEA).
Prerequisite: HS Biology