Module Title:Fitness Testing and Load Monitoring in Sport
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:7
Module Delivered In 5 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: The learning outcomes detailed above will be achieved through the following teaching methodologies: Lectures – The lecturer will use a combination of lecture, Questions & Answers, group discussion and PowerPoint presentations where appropriate; Practicals – Students will work in pairs and small groups in conducting fitness tests with groups/teams and in designing age-appropriate and sport-specific strength and conditioning programmes; Problem Solving Exercises – Students will work as part of a team and will work together to resolve various tasks associated with fitness testing and load monitoring and how they relate to programme planning; Class Discussion/Debate - Students will be encouraged to actively participate in the class sessions which will develop their analytical and communication skills; E-Learning – The module will be supported with on-line learning materials through Blackboard; Self-Directed Independent Learning – There will be a strong emphasis on self-directed and independent learning which will develop autonomous work and learning practices.
Module Aim: The aim of this module is to develop students’ applied knowledge and understanding of fitness testing and load monitoring and the application of each of these disciplines to basic programme planning. Students will be expected to apply the skills and competencies that they have acquired in these areas in Years 1 & 2. Students will gain hands-on experience of how to assess and critically appraise sportspersons’ readiness for training and, based on this information, to prescribe and formulate appropriate and effective training programmes to achieve optimum performance.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Accurately measure, record and interpret the results of sport and athlete specific physiological tests.
LO2 Critically interpret fitness testing data against age-appropriate and sport-specific norms in the planning and periodisation of strength and conditioning programmes.
LO3 Accurately measure and critically interpret GPS and other load monitoring data from athletic populations
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is recommended before enrolment in this module.

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Incompatible Modules
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Co-requisite Modules
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Fitness Testing
Practical application to groups and teams; Critical analysis and interpretation of results; Design of age-specific and sport-specific strength and conditioning training programmes
Data Analysis & Programme Planning
Interpretation of fitness testing data against age-appropriate and sport-specific norms; Critical appraisal and application of data to programme planning
Load Monitoring
Use of GPS technology, RPE in sport. Analysis of load monitoring data to determine volume/intensities of training/matches and athletes preparedness to play,
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment100.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation Practical exam on the selection, set up, administration and interpretation of results of a sport specific fitness testing battery. 1 30.00 n/a
Case Studies Written exam on the interpretation of fitness testing and GPS data. Students will be asked to identify key metrics in the data and based on these design appropriate and effective training interventions. 2,3 70.00 n/a
No Project
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination

ITCarlow reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lab/Lecture Every Week 2.00
Independent Learning Every Week 7.00
Total Hours 9.00

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_BBSMC_B Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Sport Management and Coaching 5 Mandatory
CW_BBSOC_D Bachelor of Arts in Sport Coaching and Business Management (Football) 5 Mandatory
CW_BBGAA_D Bachelor of Arts in Sport Coaching and Business Management (GAA) 5 Mandatory
CW_BBRUG_D Bachelor of Arts in Sport Coaching and Business Management (Rugby) 5 Mandatory
CW_BBSBC_B Bachelor or Arts (Honours) in Sport, Business and Coaching 5 Mandatory