This module aims to provide you with a theoretical and practical understanding of the value and limitations inherent in assessing fitness and of the methods and outcomes of training to enhance components of fitness. You will learn how to perform reliable fitness tests, learn how to interpret their results and develop an understanding of the limitations of test methods. Fitness assessment provides the baseline measures and monitoring tools that inform the design and implementation of training programmes. We shall review the rationale for, and the design and management of training programmes to develop different components of fitness that are tailored to produce sport- and health-specific outcomes. This module will bring together and apply material from first and second year courses in physiology, nutrition, psychology and biomechanics.

Learning outcomes:
In order to pass this module, students will need to be able to:
1) describe the components of fitness and performance with reference to basic principles of physics and physiology;
2) describe and explain the rationale of named test protocols, the effect of test protocols and exercise modes on test results and discuss the acute physiological responses to testing;
3) demonstrate a sound knowledge and understanding of the use of fitness testing equipment, pre-test preparation and the principles of quality assurance;
4) demonstrate a sound knowledge and understanding of aspects of the classical test theory and its application to exercise testing, pre-test preparation and the principles of quality assurance;
5) design and justify training and testing programmes to develop aerobic fitness, strength, power and speed;
6) discuss the importance of body composition for sport and fitness, describe how it is measured and discuss how it may be modified by training;
7) describe and explain the importance of clinical cardio-respiratory exercise testing.