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This subject enables students to comprehend aspects of normal muscle development and growth, neuromuscular transmission, the control of human movement as well as the adaptation of skeletal muscle to interventions such as acute and long-term endurance and resistance training. Students will study exercise metabolism, cardiovascular and respiratory responses to exercise, intracellular signalling, and the underlying bases of muscle fatigue. Students will study how ageing affects muscle structure and function, the underlying cellular mechanisms involved in disuse atrophy, muscle damage and repair, as well as how muscle responds to different pharmacological interventions, including anabolic steroids. Students will learn about current research and research practices in muscle and exercise.
Intended learning outcomes
- to establish a sound factual understanding of skeletal muscle structure and function and how muscle properties are changed during growth, development, exercise, ageing and pharmacological interventions.
- to establish a strong understanding of metabolic, cardiovascular and respiratory physiology and the acute and long-term responses to exercise.
- developed skills to predict how skeletal muscle will adapt to altered functional demands, including those with clinical application;
- developed skills in reading, analysing and evaluating research in the field of skeletal muscle and exercise physiology; and
- awareness of current directions in skeletal muscle and exercise physiology research, especially in relation to health and disease
Last updated: 29 October 2019