Sport Physiology
Course code
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Course title in Estonian
Course title in English
Sport Physiology
ECTS credits
Assessment form
lecturer of 2023/2024 Autumn semester
Kristjan Port (language of instruction:Estonian)
lecturer of 2023/2024 Spring semester
Not opened for teaching. Click the study programme link below to see the nominal division schedule.
Course aims
To impart basic knowledge of sport physiology which is necessary for management of coaching in sports.

Brief description of the course
Relationship between structure and function. Functional characterization of muscles. Types of muscle fiber. Strength, endurance, speed, and power. Methods of assessment of physical working capacity. Mechanism of muscular contraction. Leverage systems. Passive components of muscular system and their role in alteration of its function. Adaptation, hypertrophy and hyperplasia. Muscle pain. Detraining. Body defense systems. Components of nonspecific body defense system. Immune system. Immunological memory. Allergy. Physical load and catching cold. Thermal regulation. Thermal balance of the body. Adaptation to cold and warm environment. Shivering and non-shivering thermogenesis. Characterization of sweat glands. Composition of sweat and need for restoring of electrolytes. Re-hydration, composition of sports drinks and requirements of the body. Appetite and mechanisms of regulation.
Learning outcomes in the course
Upon completing the course the student:
- has knowledge of major functional capacities and related adaptive processes relevant in management of coaching in sports.
Karmen Reinpõld ja Kristjan Port
Prerequisite course 1