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Jul 24th 2017

Science of Exercise (Coursera)

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In this course you will learn about a number of significant adjustments required by your body in order to properly respond to the physical stress imposed during a single bout of exercise. These responses will include changes in carbohydrate, fat and protein metabolism as well as a number of important physiological systems.

Nutritional considerations, causes of muscle soreness & fatigue and effectiveness of performance enhancing drugs will also be addressed. Additionally, you will learn about many of the long-term training adaptations associated with participation in a program of regular exercise. The numerous health benefits of exercise including heart disease, diabetes, cancer, aging, depression and dementia will be discussed. The 4 Modules for this course are divided into The Energetics of Exercise, Physiological Systems During Exercise, Exercise for Fitness & Performance and, Exercise in Health, Wellness and Disease.


Who is this class for: Anyone who wishes to understand the basics of exercise physiology, whether for personal fitness & health benefits or to be more fully informed when advising and treating patient populations would benefit from this course.


Syllabus


WEEK 1

Module 1

In this module you will learn about the various metabolic pathways (carbohydrates, fats and proteins) that are activated in order to supply the necessary energy required for the mechanical work of skeletal muscles during exercise. How these pathways are regulated, the methods for assessing the extent to which specific fuels are being utilized and the overall estimation of your metabolic rate will be addressed. Additionally, the importance of the chemical energy stored in ATP and its requirement for muscular work will be discussed.

Graded: Week 1 Quiz


WEEK 2

Module 2

In this module you will learn how a number of key physiological systems (muscular, respiratory, cardiovascular, endocrine and immune systems) are regulated during exercise to help maintain homeostasis. These adjustments are critical for exercise to continue for any significant duration. This will include: how the respiratory system adjusts during exercise to ensure proper oxygen delivery and carbon dioxide removal from active muscles; how the cardiovascular system responds to ensure adequate blood flow to various organs, including muscle, during exercise; how the endocrine system plays a major role in regulating key biochemical and physiological responses to exercise and; how exercise influences the immune system and your ability to fight infections.

Graded: Week 2 Quiz


WEEK 3

Module 3

This module will teach you about the training guidelines needed to optimize your endurance and strength adaptations associated with a regular exercise program. Important nutritional requirements for both endurance and strength training will be addressed. The causes of both muscle soreness and fatigue will be explained. Finally, the effectiveness and mechanisms whereby performance enhancing drugs exert their effect will be covered.

Graded: Week 3 Quiz


WEEK 4

Module 4

In this module you will learn about the role of exercise as medicine in both the prevention and treatment of various diseases. This will include: the contribution of diet and exercise in weight control including the prevention and treatment of obesity; the many health benefits from participation in a regular exercise program related to major risk factors for heart disease, diabetes and cancer will be addressed. Finally, the benefits of exercise associated with healthy aging and brain function will be discussed.

Graded: Week 4 Quiz

Graded: Final Course Assessment