This is the second of two courses that explore the body's acute responses and long-term adaptations to various levels of exercise and modes of activities. Students focus on understanding how the body's cells, respiratory, metabolic, and endocrine systems respond to the perturbation of exercise and how physical activity and training affect health, disease, and the quality of life. Environmental challenges to human activity caused by heat, cold, altitude, hyperbaric conditions, and microgravity are investigated. Students consider the efficacy and ethics of ergogenic aid use. For all course topics, gender and maturation are discussed in regards to the goal of improving health and the human experience. Lecture and laboratory topics include bioenergetics, exercise metabolism, hormone regulation, Wingate anaerobic testing, body composition, lactate and biochemical markers of fitness and metabolism, growth and maturation, inactivity, immune systems, and exercise prescription. Formal laboratory reports and lab presentations are required. The course may include field trips to visit complex, specialized equipment in a dedicated setting.
Prerequisites: EXSC 221. Recommended: EXSC 201,270, and 362.