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Conditioning for Sport and Physical Activity

Course Code: SPSC 1103
Faculty: Science & Technology
Department: Sport Science
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15 weeks
Learning Format: Lecture, Tutorial
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

This course provides an overview of the concepts of physical fitness. The topic areas include physical fitness assessment, the principle of health-related and skill-related fitness and the effects of exercise. Students will perform a variety of conditioning methods as well as experience the design and application of exercise programs.

Course Content

Exercise in Society

The student will:

  1. Define physical fitness.
  2. Examine the factors relating to hypo kinetic conditions and sports injuries.
  3. Examine the role of exercise with respect to:
    • children
    • adolescents
    • young and middle-aged adults
    • seniors
    • athletes
    • non-athletes
    • people with physically disabling and mentally handicapping conditions
    • selected special interest groups / individuals
  4. Define the concepts of overload, stress, specificity and adaptation.


The Components of Physical Fitness

The student will:

  1. Define the components of health-related fitness including:
    • muscular strength
    • muscular endurance
    • cardio respiratory (cardiovascular)
    • flexibility
    • body composition
  2. Describe training processes associated with the development of health-related fitness.
  3. Describe the training effects associated with the development of health-related fitness.
  4. Define the concepts of aerobic capacity and anaerobic capacity.
  5. Describe the training processes associated with the development of aerobic and anaerobic capacities.
  6. Describe the training effects associated with the development of aerobic and anaerobic capacities.
  7. Define the components of skill-related fitness, including:
    • power
    • speed
    • agility
    • coordination
    • balance
    • reaction time
  8. Describe the factors associated with the development of skill-related fitness.


Exercise Programs

The student will:

  1. Define the warm-up phase and the cool-down phase.
  2. Describe the components and the effects of the warm-up and cool-down phases.
  3. Demonstrate effective warm-up and cool-down procedures.
  4. Examine and describe a variety of classic exercise programs.
  5. Demonstrate a variety of classic exercise programs.
  6. Examine and describe a variety of contemporary exercise programs.
  7. Demonstrate a variety of contemporary exercise programs.


Physical Fitness Assessment

The student will:

  1. Discuss the role of physical fitness assessment with respect to exercise programs.
  2. Describe the types of physical fitness assessment, including:
    • field tests
    • lab tests
    • lab-like tests
  3. Describe the purpose of physical fitness assessment.
  4. Describe a variety of methods of physical fitness assessment with respect to:
    • muscular strength
    • muscular endurance
    • flexibility
    • body composition
    • posture
    • aerobic capacity
    • anaerobic capacity
  5. Demonstrate a variety of methods of physical fitness assessment with respect to:
    • muscular strength
    • muscular endurance
    • flexibility
    • body composition
    • posture
    • aerobic capacity
    • anaerobic capacity


The Design and Implementation of Exercise Programs

The student will:

  1. Examine and describe factors associated with the design of exercise programs.
  2. Examine and describe factors associated with the monitoring and evaluation of exercise programs.
  3. Identify the factors associated with injury prevention.
  4. Design exercise programs for the development of:
    • muscular strength
    • muscular endurance
    • aerobic capacity
    • anaerobic capacity
    • flexibility
    • combinations of the above
    • sport specific fitness
    • injury reconditioning
  5. Examine and describe factors involved with the implementation of exercise programs.
  6. Implement, monitor and evaluate a personal exercise program.


Variables Associated with Exercise

The student will:

  1. Examine and describe exercise contraindications.
  2. Describe the neuromuscular effects of stress and relaxation.
  3. Describe the relationship of nutrition to exercise.
  4. Describe the effects associated with physical inactivity.
  5. Describe the musculoskeletal concepts associated with the care of the back.
  6. Identify the motivational factors involved in adhering to an exercise program.
  7. Identify the positive and negative effects of exercise on personal health.
  8. Discuss the effects of exercise on growth and development.
  9. Discuss the effects of exercise with respect to the field of gerontology.

Methods of Instruction

  • Lecture
  • Discussion groups
  • Guest presenters
  • Audio-visual aids
  • Practical instruction and experience
  • Student performance
    • fitness activities
    • fitness assessment
  • Student presentations

Means of Assessment

The selection of evaluation tools for this course is based upon adherence to Douglas College evaluation policy regarding number and weighing of evaluations, for example a course of three credits or more should have at least three separate evaluations. 

The following is presented as an example assessment format for this course:

Professionalism 15%
Labs & Prep WorK 10%
Fitness Leadership Project 20%
Personal Fitness Program 20%
Mid-Term Exam 15% 
Final Exam 20%

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to: 
1. Discuss the role of exercise in society. 
2. Describe the components of health-related and skill-related fitness. 
3. Describe and demonstrate contemporary exercise programs. 
4. Describe and apply the principles of physical fitness assessment. 
5. Design and implement exercise programs. 
6. Describe and discuss the relationship of exercise with growth and development factors, health 
concepts, nutrition concepts and the prevention of exercise-related injuries.

Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to: 

  1. Discuss the role of exercise in society. 
  2. Describe the components of health-related and skill-related fitness. 
  3. Describe and demonstrate contemporary exercise programs. 
  4. Describe and apply the principles of physical fitness assessment. 
  5. Design and implement exercise programs. 
  6. Describe and discuss the relationship of exercise with growth and development factors, health concepts, nutrition concepts and the prevention of exercise-related injuries.

curriculum guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

course schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.

assessments

If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.