Upon completion of this course the student will be able to:
1. Evaluate the source and credibility of reports of scientific experiments in exercise physiology and related topics.
2. Define wellness and list its components, including physical fitness.
3. Describe the principles of nutrition and describe their relationship to exercise.
4. Define body composition and its relationship to recommended body weight.
5. Compare aerobic and anaerobic exercise and their health benefits.
6. Describe how adequate strength is necessary for fitness and wellness and the principles that govern the development of muscular strength and endurance.
7. Define muscular flexibility and evaluate its importance to adequate fitness.
8. Identify the major health risks in the US, and describe the role of exercise in their management.
9. Perform a variety of fitness measurements including heart rate, blood pressure, maximal oxygen uptake, body composition assessment.
I. Research in exercise physiology
A. Scientific method
B. Experimental design
C. Credibility of information sources
II. Physical fitness and wellness
A. Definitions and fitness standards
B. Principles of nutrition
C. Major U.S. health problems
II. Body composition assessment
B. Determining recommended body weight
C. Principles of weight control
D. Physiology of weight loss
IV. Cardiovascular exercise
A. Endurance assessment
1. Aerobic and anaerobic endurance
2. Interpreting maximal oxygen uptake
B. Principles of cardiovascular exercise prescription
2. Rating the fitness benefits of aerobic activities
3. Predicting oxygen uptake and caloric expenditure
V. Muscular strength and endurance
A. Principles of strength training
B. Strength training programs and exercises
C. Factors affecting strength: aging, gender, metabolic rate
A. Principles of muscular flexibility
B. Muscular flexibility assessment
C. When to stretch
VII. Skill-related components of physical fitness
VIII. Health and fitness
A. Cardiovascular disease
1. Prevention and risk profile
2. Abnormal electrocardiogram
3. Abnormal cholesterol
B. Stress management
1. Sources and vulnerability
2. Stress management
1. Heart rate and blood pressure
2. Nutrient analysis
3. Hydrostatic weighing for body composition
4. Estimation and daily caloric requirement
5. Cardiovascular endurance assessment
6. Cardiovascular exercise prescription
7. Muscular strength and endurance assessment
8. Muscular flexibility assessment
9. Self Assessment of cardiovascular risk
10. Stress vulnerability questionnaire
11. Stress management techniques
Advanced Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription, 5th edition, V. H. Heyward, 2006
Principles and Labs for Fitness and Wellness. 9th edition, W. W. K. Hoeger and S. A. Hoeger, 2008