Physiology of Sport & Fitness

Course Details

Course Number: 2503  Fall 2011

Location: D.L. Ligon Coliseum

Classroom Number: 223

Days & Times:



TIME: 8:00am-9:20am (lecture); Lab: Tuesday-10:00-11:50am, 12-1:50pm       

Course Attachments


MSU Faculty Member
Dr. Frank B. Wyatt   
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Course Objectives


STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES: The student will be able to:

  1. Explain the energy systems, energy transfer during exercise and how best to train these systems for maximum performance in the development of physical fitness and performance.
  2. Describe the basic physiology of muscular contraction and the principles related to the development and maintenance of strength, muscular endurance and flexibility.
  3. Describe the function of the respiratory and circulatory system during rest and during exercise.
  4. Describe the function of the cardiovascular system including the associative factors and theories in the prevention/rehabilitation of cardiovascular disease.
  5. Describe the physiological responses and adaptations to environmental changes at rest and during exercise.
  6. Develop an understanding of sport training methods for strength, power and endurance and the physiological effects.
  7. Describe hormonal regulation of exercise as it relates to metabolism and energy transfer.
  8. Demonstrate the use of computer application in exercise physiology.



Class Content                                                                       

Introduction, class syllabi, responsibilities, questionnaires, height, weight, blood pressure

Chapter 5 Fundamentals of Human Energy Transfer

Chapter 6 Human energy Transfer During Exercise

Chapter 7 Measuring and Evaluating Human Energy-Generating Capacities during Exercise


Chapter 9 Pulmonary System

Chapter 10 Cardiovascular System

Chapter 11 Neuromuscular System


Chapter 13 Training Anaerobic/Aerobic Systems

Chapter 14 Training Muscles to Become Stronger

Chapter 15 Factors: Environment & Special Aids


Course Expectations




  1. There will be three (3) tests throughout the session.  Each of three tests will be worth 20 points each and will cover new material since the last test.                                                                                                             Total=60 points
  2. Lab participation will account for 30% of your grade. 

                                                                                          Total=30 points

3.   Lecture class participation/discussion.

                                                                                          Total=10 points

                                                                              Overall Total=100 points

Grading Standards




90%-100%                  A                     Excellence

80%-89%                    B                     Above Average

70%-79%                    C                     Average

60%-69%                    D                     Below Average

50%-59%                    F                      Failure

Submission Format Policy


Instructional Procedures:  Approximately 85% of classes will be lecture including question/answer sessions and discussions.  Prior to the each lecture, reading assignments will be given covering the material for the next lecture.  Students will be expected to arrive at each class having read the aforementioned assignments and prepared to engage in discussions over the topic areas.  Approximately 15% will be testing.  Please feel free to ask questions during the lecture.


Laboratory Procedures: Each lab will provide an experiential educational process covering material already introduced in the lecture portion of the class.  Students will be given a hand-out describing the concepts and protocols for each specific lab experience.  Also, space will be provided for recording the measures obtained during the lab experience.  Each lab sheet will provide evidence that the student participated in the lab and will be turned in at the end of the semester for the laboratory portion of the grade.

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Plagiarism Policy Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception. Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters. We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student. We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed. Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements


ATTENDANCE:  Attendance is MANDATORY!  It is the student’s responsibility to contact the professor regarding absences and to make up assignments, class work, class reading assignments and notes which were missed.  Any tests missed by un-excused absences will not be allowed to be made up.  Prior arrangements MUST be made with the professor for any missed exams or labs to be made up. 


Students, whether present or absent, are responsible for all material presented in or assigned for courses, and will be held accountable for such material in the determination of course grades.


Any student whose absence was caused by (1) personal illness, (2) death in the immediate family, or (3) authorized participation in official school functions will be given an opportunity to rectify in a manner acceptable to the professor, any deficiencies which may have resulted from such absence.  The professor has the prerogative of determining whether or not a student may rectify deficiencies occasioned by absences for other reasons.


Cell/smart-phone use is not tolerated during class periods.  Individuals talking, texting or using the aforementioned electronic devices during class will be asked to leave.  It will then be the responsibility of the student to obtain any information they may have missed because of their dismissal from class.

Other Policies


Disabilities Notice: If you are a qualified student with a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act, please self-identify with the instructor so that special accommodations can be arranged. "A student requesting special classroom accommodations is encouraged to meet with the instructor as soon as possible so that appropriate accommodations considered early in the quarter."

Writing Proficiency Requirement All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed English 1113 and English 1123 and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.