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Type of course


Cycle/level of course


Recommended year of study


Total number of ECTS

5 cr

Competency aims

The aim of the course is that you understand the
structure and function of the human body during
exercise as well as the physiological effects and
adaptation processes of physical activity and
training. You know the physiological background
of different physical qualities and can take into
account the importance of physical activity for
health. In addition, you can explain and argue
over how exercise affects the physiological
in the human body and its importance for the
functional capacity and performance. You master
flexibly different measurement methods in
physiology and can critically choose and use
You understand the meaning of physical activity
exercise training as a resource for the
of human health, functional capacity and
You can learn and cooperate together with your
and share information with them.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student is
expected to be able to
- Explain the basic concepts in exercise
- Understand and describe metabolism in
different exercise performances
- Describe body's acute physiological responses
and chronic adaptations to different kind of
physical activity
- Describe how the body's regulation mechanisms
function during exercise
- Compare different exercises and physical
qualities and their effects on the body
- Describe what performance development is
physiologically based on
- Execute basic measurements in exercise
physiology both at rest and during exercise and
interpret the measurement results
- Take into account the importance of physical
activity and training for different people

Course contents

In the course we discuss physiology in healthy
individuals during acute and chronic exercise.

We concentrate on
- Basic principles of exercise physiology
- Function of the neuromuscular system during
- Metabolism
- Function of the cardiorespiratory system
during exercise
- Hormonal system
- Training effects

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Anatomy and physiology

Recommended or required reading

Kenney, W.L., Wilmore, J.H. & Costill, D.L.
2015 or 2012. Physiology of Sport and Exercise.
Human Kinetics.
- Read: Introduction and chapters 1-8 and pages
243-252, 261-287.
- N.B.! Almost same information can be found in
the older versions of the book but page numbers
can be different.

Chosen scientific articles and/or other books.

Katch, V.L., McArdle, W.D. & Katch, F.I. 2011 (or
newer). Essentials of Exercise Physiology. Fourth
Edition. Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins.

Study activities

  • Lectures - 28 hours
  • Individual- and group instruction - 10 hours
  • Practical exercises - 8 hours
  • Project- and production work/artistic activities - 39 hours
  • Individual studies - 50 hours


  • Total workload of the course: 135 hours
  • Of which autonomous studies: 135 hours
  • Of which scheduled studies: 0 hours

Mode of Delivery

Participation in tuition

Assessment methods

  • Exams (written-, oral-, home-)
  • Demonstrations and proficiency exams
  • Essays, reports, productions and portfolio

Assessment requirements

- Active participation in the compulsory parts
of the course
- Examination
- Assignments and reports are returned on time
and are passed


Ruutu Katri


Ruutu Katri

Group size

No limit

Assignments valid until

Until date 2022-01-28

Assessment methods

  • 2021-10-18 - Exams
  • Date will be announced later - Demonstrations and presentations
  • Date will be announced later - Reports and productions

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