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SPEX13-337: Exercise and Sport for Lifelong Health


This subject will provide students with the knowledge and skills to design a basic evidence-based population intervention to increase physical activity and sporting engagement levels across the human lifespan. Students will develop a thorough understanding of how both exercise and sport can influence exercise capacity to positively impact on individual and population health, by reducing sedentary behaviour and positively impacting on associated chronic diseases as well as behavioural and biomedical risk factors.  Chronic diseases addressed will include cardiovascular diseases, type II diabetes, obesity, asthma, cancer, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and mental health. Students will also develop an understanding of the epidemiology, aetiology and pathophysiology of these conditions and how they relate to different population groups and age cohorts. Emphasis will be on evidence-based practice with specific focus upon physical activity, exercise (type and dose) and sport as a non-pharmacological therapy using the Exercise is Medicine model and its application at all stages of the human lifespan.

Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Health Sciences & Medicine
Semesters offered
  • September 2022 [Standard Offering]
  • September 2023 [Standard Offering]
Study areas
  • Health Sciences
  • Sport
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2022: $3,950
  • Commencing in 2023: $4,050

Learning outcomes

1. Identify and apply epidemiological evidence which supports physical activity in the prevention and management of chronic disease. 2. Identify the common contraindications for participation in exercise and sport across the lifespan. 3. Analyse and evaluate the evidence-based literature that relate to physical activity in the prevention of chronic diseases and behavioural and biomedical risk factors. 4. Apply existing physical activity recommendations and guidelines for optimising physical activity and reducing sedentary lifestyle in individuals of all ages and adults with chronic diseases and behavioural and biomedical risk factors. 5. Identify and apply exercises that are contraindicated for the stages of growth and development across the lifespan. 6. Determine the injuries or conditions that commonly present during certain stages of growth and development. 7. Develop a population and community-level 'Exercise is Medicine' model intervention to increase physical activity levels and reduce sedentary behaviour.

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Subject outlines

Subject dates

Standard Offering
Enrolment opens18/07/2021
Semester start13/09/2021
Subject start13/09/2021
Cancellation 1?27/09/2021
Cancellation 2?04/10/2021
Last enrolment26/09/2021
Withdraw – Financial?09/10/2021
Withdraw – Academic?30/10/2021
Teaching census?08/10/2021