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Sport Science MA, Sports specific exercise training, 7,5 Credits

General data

Code: IV009A
Subject/Main field: Idrottsvetenskap
Cycle: Second cycle
Credits: 7.5
Progressive specialization: A1N - Second cycle, has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
Answerable department: Health Sciences
Answerable faculty: Faculty of Human Sciences
Established: 9/22/2010
Date of change: 9/19/2016
Version valid from: 9/15/2016


The aims of the course are to identify and review current developments and research in a specified sport and to critically analyse different training plans using scientific evidence.

Course objectives

After completing the course, students should be able to:
- search and critically evaluate scientific articles in the field of exercise training
- summarise and explain the training methods which have scientific evidence for improving sport performance
- Illustrate benefits, disadvantages and effects of different training plans from physiological and/or biomechanical perspective
- Translate scientific training methods and training plans to practical application in a training program


- Principles for and setup of aerobic and anaerobic endurance training
- Implementation of strength training
- Concurrent strength and endurance training
- Rationale and methods for training of flexibility
- Planning of exercise training, periodisation and peak performance
- Case-study in a specified sport

Entry requirements

Bachelor’s degree of minimum 180 credits (including a degree project of at least 15 credits or equivalent foreign degree) in sport science, physical education, physical therapy, medicine or human biology

Selection rules and procedures

The selectionprocess is in accordance with the Higher Education Ordinance and the local order of admission.

Teaching form

Teaching methods vary and includes individual and group work. Examples of teaching methods are lectures literature studies and seminars. More detailed information will be given in the study guide.

Examination form

Examination takes place through an individual written assignment which will be presented and defended in a seminar.

Grading system

The grades A, B, C, D, E, Fx and F are given on the course. On this scale the grades A through E represent pass levels, whereas Fx and F represent fail levels.

Course reading

Required literature

Author: Chandler, T. J., & Brown, L. E.
Title: Conditioning for strength and human performance (2. ed)
Edition: 2013
Publisher: Philadelphia, Pa. ; London, Wolters Kluwer/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Comment: ISBN: 9781451100846

Reference literature

Author: Australian Institute of Sport
Title: Physiological tests for elite athletes (2nd ed)
Edition: 2012
Publisher: Leeds: Human Kinetics.
Comment: ISBN: 9780736097116

Author: O'Donoghue, P
Title: Research methods for sports performance analysis
Edition: 2010
Publisher: Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon ; New York: Routledge
Comment: ISBN: 9780415496230

Vetenskapliga artiklar tillkommer.

Scientific articles will be provided during the course.

Other information

The selection process is in accordance with the Higher Education Ordinance and the local order of admission.