Core Module Information
Module title: Physiology for the developing athlete

SCQF level: 09:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: SES09130
Module leader: James Dugdale
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Sport Exercise and Health Science

There are no pre-requisites for this module to be added

Description of module content:

This module aims to provide you with an evidence-based knowledge of the physiology of human development from childhood to adulthood. The processes of growth, development and maturation have a significant impact on the physical workings of the body. You will learn the impact of biological maturation on physiological variables and subsequently football performance in developing athletes. This knowledge will help you design appropriate testing and training methods in order to enhance developing players’ football performance. Indicative content:
• The physiological systems throughout growth and development
• Influence of growth and development on performance

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to

LO1: Demonstrate a critical understanding of the physiological concepts and processes associated with growth and development

LO2: Critically evaluate measures used by sports professionals to monitor growth and maturation at different stages of long-term athlete development

LO3: Examine the relationship between growth, maturation and football performance

LO4: Discuss training principles and their application for athlete development

LO5: Apply knowledge of athlete development to formulate and document an evidence-based training report

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 2, FACE-TO-FACE, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: James Dugdale
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
This module will be taught through a series of lectures, tutorials and practicals.

The 1-h weekly lectures are designed to provide background information on changes in the physiological systems (i.e., cardiovascular, respiratory, musculoskeletal, neuromuscular) with growth. The mechanisms behind changes in those systems will be established in order to explain the effects they have on sporting performance at different maturation states (from childhood to adulthood). Additionally, lectures are used to demonstrate how to critically review and evaluate academic literature on this topic (LO 1, 2, 3).

The 1-h weekly tutorials are given to support the theory and encourage class discussions through problem-based learning and case study examples. Tutorials are also used to develop analytical skills as data from the practical sessions are used to demonstrate appropriate scientific handling techniques (LO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5).

The 2-h practical classes form an integral part of the module so that the theory can be explored in a laboratory and field context. You are expected to conduct measurements at different stages of growth and development. During the practical sessions you will have to work independently and in small groups. You will then be expected to analyse data and critically evaluate the measurement tools and the validity of the data produced in writing an assessed athlete case study report (LO 2, 3, 4, 5).

Formative Assessment:
Formative assessments will take place during the tutorials and practical sessions.
Feedback on your development of the subject specific knowledge and interpersonal skills will be provided during practical classes. Additionally, critically evaluation of the latest academic literature will be done in the form of a journal club during tutorials sessions. More specifically, the first formative assessment will be a plan (500 words) for the presentation and is due in week 4 (summative assessment 1). The second formative assessment is due in week 10 and will be a 750 written piece of work which will be based on the final summative assessment on which you will be able to receive peer feedback.

Summative Assessment:
Component 1: Presentation (40%)
The first assessment, due in week 7, is an individual 15 minutes presentation focusing on peak height velocity (PHV) and the interrelationship between PHV and chosen physiological systems affecting performance(LO 1, 2, 3). An oral presentation is designed to challenge you to present and explain physiological data related to growth, maturation and performance in a simple, yet academic manner.

Component 2: Athlete case study report (60%)
The second assessment, due in week 14, is a 2500 word case study report. This report requires you to present the current state of knowledge on the influence of growth and maturation on the chosen physiological variable. You should collect athlete data, present the testing results and propose evidence-based methods to improve athletic development in line with long-term athlete development model (LO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5).

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 12
Face To Face Tutorial 12
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 24
Independent Learning Guided independent study 142
Independent Learning Groupwork (Scheduled) 10
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Oral Presentation 40 1, 2 & 3 7 HOURS= 00.15
Report 60 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5 14/15 , WORDS= 2500
Component 1 subtotal: 40
Component 2 subtotal: 60
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
SES09130 Physiology for the Developing Athlete