Prescription of Physical Activity and Exercise

University of Otago

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Prescription of Physical Activity and Exercise

  • Host University

    University of Otago

  • Location

    Dunedin, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Exercise Biology, Health and Exercise Science, Physical Education

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    PHSE 202 and PHSE 203

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    A study of the process of prescribing physical activity and/or exercise for all sectors of the population.

    This paper focuses on the fundamentals of exercise prescription and the prescription process. Students will be expected to develop their knowledge base and reasoning skills in areas that relate to encouraging and supporting habitual physical activity.

    Course Structure
    Topics covered in this paper include:

    • Exercise responses and risk
    • Screening profiling and stratifying risk
    • Measurement, assessment and evaluation
    • Aerobic, anthropometric and musculoskeletal assessments
    • Principles of exercise
    • Cardiovascular exercise
    • Resistance training
    • Stretching and flexibility development
    • Exercise trends
    • Professional responsibilities

    Learning Outcomes
    At the conclusion of this paper students should be able to:

    • Demonstrate the ability to develop exercise programmes that are effective, safe and meaningful
    • Develop a personal philosophy of practice applicable to a range of exercise prescription settings
    • Demonstrate the ability to design an exercise programme that considers the needs, preferences, capabilities and safety of the client
    • Establish the ability to apply the breadth of "Physical Education" knowledge to resolve exercise prescription challenges and make safe and appropriate decisions
    • Be capable of contemplating and critiquing the broad domain of exercise prescription

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