Performing in Extreme Environments


Year Three

20 Credits

The physiological adaptations that take place due to exposure to challenging environmental conditions provide clear insight into normal physiology and homeostatic mechanisms. The module will cover three main areas: altitude, pressure (diving, g-force, weightlessness) and cold/hot environments. In each section of the module the physiological adaptations that occur in challenging environmental conditions will be described before exploring the cost that is imposed on the human body during exercise in these conditions. The module will also cover the strategies that are commonly employed to protect human performance in these conditions and how, in some instances, environmental conditions are exploited to enhance sporting performance. Each section will have seminars and a practical component.


Coursework - Case study report