Creating an Athlete: The Science of Training

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Course DatesLengthMeeting TimesStatusFormatInstructor(s)CRN
June 21, 2021 - July 21, 20216/21 - 7/214 WeeksOnlineOpenOnlineAndrea Sobieraj
July 19, 2021 - August 18, 20217/19 - 8/184 WeeksOnlineOpenOnlineAndrea Sobieraj

Course Description

After months of specific training, you are at the Starting line of your big race. Before your body is even in motion, your Autonomic Nervous System takes charge commanding the necessary changes. Your fuel tanks are full and triggered for use. From your warm up, blood is already shunted to specific muscles for Oxygen delivery. The Race Starts, the heart beat jumps up and blood is pumped at a greater volume and speed. Blood is diverted to the skin to ward off excess heat and stabilize temperature. Respiration increases to expire excess carbon dioxide, and pH is maintained. Breathe volume increases to gain extra Oxygen. Muscle fibers specific to the velocity you need are turned on.

This class intertwines the Physiological understanding of the organ systems that are stressed and adapt in the face of exercise. A fundamental knowledge of the roots of metabolism to create energy that yields muscle movement will be uncovered. Alongside the scientific premise of cellular adaptations, students will learn the essentials of what comprises an exercise-training program. There is true science that defines frequency, duration, volume, and work and rest intervals. Students will also learn theories behind basic training methods, coaching, and ergogenic and athletic fitness tests. Current trends in exercise research will be blended into each session. Main themes in training will be introduced and demystified on fueling the athlete, equipment, stretches, athletic testing, aerobic, and strength training programs. The class will also include special topics of temperature regulation, Ergogenic aids, and Sports genes.

This course is taught by a veteran Exercise Physiology Instructor who also works directly with training professional athletes (is a certified Strength and Conditioning Coach), and still competes at the Word level. The background of the instructor allows science and in the field practices to be current and innovative. Over the course of 4 weeks, the students will be engaged through a variety of learning methods. This includes lectures, independent journal research, selected article discussions, watch live labs on measuring physiological parameters during exercise (lactate, EKG, EMG, Lung Volumes), Watch and learn videos on exercises. Course work will be assessed by weekly quizzes, several assignments leading up to the creation of a fitness plan, a self-selected topic research based paper, weekly participation in discussions.

Learning goals: -An understanding of the organ systems in conjunction with the Nervous system and how the systems work together and adapt to exercise stress. This basic knowledge of systems will explain how muscles obtain adequate oxygen and waste removal. -How what we eat and when we eat directly affects energy production in the muscle. How energy is created inside the muscles cells. -How to train specific muscle fiber types, why we have work/ rest ratios. -.Feel confident in creating a basic training plan as well as have a deeper understanding of their own sports training plans. - Learn major muscle groups and basic and integrative movements and stretches for each group. -Understand fitness measurements in both the gym and clinical settings (e.g. EMG, EKG, lung volumes, endurance tests, power tests, and agility tests). -Gain acquaintance with literature searches, discussions, and basic scientific writing. -Overall see that exercise talent is training the biological organ systems correctly, along with proving the right fuels at the right time, has a genetic influence, and of course, is partially luck.

Prerequisites: High school Biology is highly recommended but not required.

Course Information

  • Course Code: CEBI1007

Program Information


Brown’s Pre-College Program in the liberal arts and sciences for students completing grades 9-12 by June 2021.

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