Respiratory Control During Exercise

School of Sport & Exercise Sciences

College of Life and Environmental Sciences


Code 23653

Level of study Third/Final year

Credit value 20

Semester 1 & 2

Pre-requisite modules 23647

Module description

Although breathing must increase during exercise, the exact mechanisms that cause it to increase, and to increase by a precise amount, are unclear. This module will study the experimental evidence that attempts to explain how breathing is controlled during exercise. The module will also consider the respiratory control mechanisms during breath holding and during exercising or flying at altitude. Students will acquire a detailed understanding of current knowledge the mechanisms of controlling the respiratory system in these 3 conditions. This will take the form of lectures and seminars, studying the original scientific literature upon this knowledge is based. Students will be given the opportunity to plan and undertake practical experiments on themselves to test some of the currently proposed mechanisms

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures, seminars and labs