Module Title:Human Performance and Athletic Assessment
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:8
Module Delivered In 1 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: This module will be delivered through two one-hour lectures and one two-hour practical each week. Lectures will explore laboratory conduct, measurement and data handling, game/event demands, methods and protocols of physiological and biomechanical assessment of the athlete, normative data and performance characteristics, interpretation and analysis of test data, setting performance targets and evidence-based interventions to improve performance. The practical component will allow students to develop laboratory skills, problem solving abilities and gain skills essential for working in a performance/health testing environment. The classes are designed to promote deep learning via investigation of a problem, application of prior knowledge, analysis of results, synthesis of literature and reflection, thus, generating new knowledge. The practical work will comprise demonstration and instruction in testing methods, and data interpretation and analysis, and reporting. The primary focus, however, will be on developing students’ practical skills, competence and confidence in conducting age- and competitive level appropriate sport-specific tests, interpreting the data and providing an evidence-based programme for improving performance. Independent learning will involve data analysis tasks, reading, and report writing.
Module Aim: This module aims to develop the student’s knowledge and practical skills, through the use of a multi-disciplinary approach, to complete an appropriate physiological assessment of the athlete, evaluate the data and prescribe an evidence-based programme to develop the athlete and improve athletic performance.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Perform graded incremental/maximal cardiorespiratory tests on the athlete, determine thresholds (ventilatory/lactate) and prescribe training for improved performance
LO2 Select and perform the appropriate methods and protocols for physiological assessment from a variety of field and laboratory based assessments of aerobic capacity, speed, power and agility, including various strength and power test protocols on a force plate and analyse the force time data.
LO3 Analyse, present and communicate (orally/written report) test data and evidence based recommendations to improve performance upon completion of the analysis.
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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This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed.
Successful completion of year 3 or equivalent

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Human performance and athletic assessment in sports
The role of the sport scientist, commonly used assessments, sport specific assessments
Laboratory Practice
Quality control, laboratory practices, Preparation of the testing environment, preparation of the athlete,
Test validity and reliability
Test protocols, reliability and validity of test protocols, determining and reporting validity, typical error and reliability.
Needs Analysis
How to conduct a needs analysis for sport/event, the role of normative data, test and game data in prescription of training recommendations, and training monitoring.
Test Protocols
Conducting tests and recording data
Interpretation, analysis and reporting of test results
Analysis of data, displaying data, generating the report, setting targets, using the data to monitor the athlete
Provision of recommendations
Researching, writing and programming for improved performance
1. Lactate threshold testing, prescribing exercise programmes using lactate thresholds 2. Isokinetic and biomechanical assessments for sports 3. Strength assessment 4. Power assessment 5. Speed and agility 6. Field based physiological assessments
Assessment Breakdown%
Special Regulation
Students must achieve a minimum grade (35%) in both project and practical assessments
No Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project A detailed case study outlining engagement with an athlete for the identification and development of practical recommendations to improve performance. 1,2,3 50.00 End-of-Semester
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation Conduct of appropriate sport/event specific physiological assessment protocols on an athlete demonstrating due consideration for good laboratory practice and communication of results 2,3 50.00 Week 14
No End of Module Formal Examination

SETU Carlow Campus reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture 12 Weeks per Stage 2.00
Laboratory 12 Weeks per Stage 2.00
Estimated Learner Hours 15 Weeks per Stage 5.13
Total Hours 125.00

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_SASPS_B Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Sport and Exercise Science 7 Mandatory