Postgraduate Course: Paediatric Factors in Sport (EDUA11054)
|School||Moray House School of Education and Sport
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course concerns Paediatric and Environmental Factors in Training.
With more and more interest in training for sports performance, scientific understanding garnered from research on adults in a variety of environments is often applied out of context and without due consideration in sport. The child and exercise is a controversial and complex topic, with government guidelines advocating the promotion of physical activity for health-related benefits, whilst there are perceived to be potential risks associated with intensive training at an early age. The child and adolescent are physiologically distinct from adults and any such training must take account of how these differences impact on the short and long-term responses to exercise. Of equal importance is the recognition that individuals respond differently to exercising in unfamiliar environments. For example climate, altitude and time zones can not only impact directly on sporting performance, but also on training. In relation to paediatric exercise this module will consider the physical, physiological and psychological developmental aspects that impact on training and sports performance, including the possibility of injury or damage from early training. In relation to environmental factors this module will address the differing physiological responses to exercise in extreme environments (heat, cold, humidity, altitude) and how this must be accounted for in training and for sports performance through acclimation/acclimatisation.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
Course Delivery Information
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| At the completion of the module students will be able to:
1. Examine the process of growth and maturation as it relates to physiological systems and psycho-social factors;
2. Critically evaluate the general safety issues in relation to the physical training of children and young people.
3. Realise the physiological underpinnings of the response to extreme environments and how training and performance can be affected.
4. Account for environmental factors in training and performance, including the adaptations observed in acclimatisation to environmental stressors.
|Course organiser||Dr John Sproule
Tel: (0131 6)51 6135
|Course secretary||Mrs Dee Scott
Tel: (0131 6)51 6349