School Visits Program

The UQ School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences offers Health and Physical Education classes the unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience in exercise and sport science at our St Lucia campus.

The HMNS School Visits program is an educational experience based primarily on the Senior Physical Education Syllabus (2019 v1.1). The programs are designed to support Physical Education teachers and help to reinforce aspects of the curriculum being studied. Students are encouraged to draw upon the principles and concepts taught in your classroom and apply them to practical situations in our state-of-the-art human performance laboratories.

We currently offer learning experiences in: 

Exercise Physiology (1.5 hours)

Strength Testing and Training (1 hour)

Sport Psychology (1 hour)

Motor Learning (1 hour)

Anthropometry (body size and composition)

 

For session details and curriculum links see below

To personalise their visit, students will be involved in each session as test subjects or assistants. Students will receive a workbook to record primary data and respond to questions. Our experienced staff are always keen to answer questions and discuss test results.

Your visit can be tailored to the needs of your students and PE program. Any combination of the outlined options are possible and we are always interested to hear about your specific requirements.

Visits may last from 60 minutes to a full day and incorporate one or several of the options.

Exercise Physiology (Unit 4: Energy, fitness and training)

This session involves testing the three energy systems to explore the body's physiological responses to exercise. Discussion will compare students' results to normative data, apply concepts to energy system utilisation during exercise and illustrate how they can use this data to help improve performance. Aerobic capacity and maximal heart rate will be assessed using VO2max treadmill test and the anaerobic energy systems will be explored and assessed through two bike tests (10 second and 30 second Windgate bike tests).

Key subject matter: recognise and explain the relationship between energy requirements and physical activity, recognise and explain which energy systems are used in physical activity, recognise and explain the concepts of VO2max and lactate threshold, gather primary data about their personal energy, fitness and training requirements and use secondary data to analyse how energy, fitness and training concepts and principles can influence performance. 

Strength Testing and Training (Unit 4: Energy, fitness and training)

This session includes specific tests of muscular strength, endurance and power monitoring. Students will examine applications to programming, training and sport performances, injury prevention and rehabilitation, and strength and power profiling.  A variety of isometric strength testing protocols using a Biodex machine are performed to demonstrate the strength and endurance of the quadriceps and hamstrings. The latest GymAware system is also used to monitor athletic strength and power profiling using free weights.

Key subject matter: recognise and explain how fitness requirements for physical activity are classified as components of fitness, identify and explore the fitness requirements for the selected physical activity by considering the components necessary, recognise and explain the principles of training, identify and explore training methods, gather primary data about their personal energy, fitness and training requirements and use secondary data to analyse how energy, fitness and training concepts and principles can influence performance.

Motor Learning (Unit 4: Energy, fitness and training)

Using Smart Speed timing light system, all students are given the opportunity to measure their simple and complex reaction times to visual stimuli. By exploring the underlying neural principles of information processing, students will develop an understanding of the importance of practice and feedback, and its applications to skill development. The Smart Speed system will also allow students to assess other aspects of sports performance including, speed, endurance, race-pacing and decision making.

Key subject matter: recognise and explain how fitness requirements for physical activity are classified as components of fitness, identify and explore the fitness requirements for selected physical activity by considering the components of fitness necessary for the specialised movement sequences.

Sport Psychology (Unit 3: Sports Psychology)

Your Sport Psychology session will explore the principles of psychology to enhance physical performance.

Sessions can be adapted to match your class focus. 

Topics might include:

  • Motivation
  • Goal setting
  • Team dynamics
  • Arousal and performance
  • Imagery and visualisation
  • Relaxation and stress management 

Key subject matter: recognise and explain that sport psychology aims to optimise performance through the application of psychological knowledge and strategies, recognise and explain the concept of motivation, confidence, arousal, attention and concentration and team dynamics, investigate information about psychological techniques that can be used to optimise performance.

Anthropometry (body size and composition)

This session involves the measuring of skinfolds, girths (Waist:Hip Ratio), height and weight (BMI). Discussion will be applied to general health and athletic performance.

 

Cost (5 to 19 students)

Cost (20 to 35 students)

Exercise Physiology (1.5h)

$360.00/session

$18.00/student

Strength Testing (1h)

$240.00/session

$12.00/student

Anthropometry (1h)

$240.00/session

$12.00/student

Motor Control (1h)

$240.00/session

$12.00/student

Sport Psychology (1h)

$240.00/session

$12.00/student

Full-day visit (3 sessions)

$568.00/3 sessions

$34.00/student

Please complete a booking request and our program coordinator will be in touch within 5 working days to confirm your request. Bookings are dependent upon availability of facilities and staff.

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