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Sports Science

Sports Science Education
Sydney Academy’s elite Sports Science Unit is a great place to enhance student learning and reinforce PDHPE HSC curriculum theory with practice.
 
Delivered by expert Sports Analysts, the Sports Science Education program gives students access to sophisticated equipment and facilities not normally available to schools. The program, split into seven distinct modules, has been developed around the PDHPE Stage 6 syllabus and serves as an introduction to these subjects as well as a complement to in-class learning.
 
Modules cover the following areas of the PDHPE HSC syllabus: 
  • Core 2: Factors Affecting Performance
  • Option 4: Improving Performance.

Why book a Sports Science Education program?

The Sports Science Unit is a fully functioning facility that is regularly used by elite athletes and high profile sporting clubs, including the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles, Olympic Men’s and Women’s Rugby 7s and NSWIS Winter Sports.
 
Modules are delivered by experienced, highly-trained Sports Analysts:
  • Qualified in sport and exercise sciences
  • Accredited with professional sporting and fitness associations including ESSA, ASCA, AWF and Fitness Australia
  • Specialists in physiology and strength and conditioning training
  • Experienced educators of high school students, elite athletes and coaches.
 
The Sports Science Unit contains specialist facilities and equipment, giving students a chance to experience a range of tests used to assess athletic performance such as:
  • Explosive strength
  • Aerobic and anaerobic fitness
  • Cybex isokinetic testing
  • Wingate
  • Acceleration and speed
  • Lactate profiles
  • VO2max testing.
 
The physiological basis of each test is explained to students, with a focus on the energy systems used for different types of exercise. 
 

PDHPE HSC Modules

There are seven modules available that cover the PDHPE HSC syllabus. The program can be delivered in full over two days or can be tailored as a one-day program by choosing up to four modules.
 
Module Sylllabus content Critical question Outcomes Description
1: Cardiovascular Training Core  2: Factors Affecting Performance How does training affect performance? H8, H16, H7, H10, H17 Modules 1 to 3 address the body’s energy systems, principles of training and physiological adaptations whilst relating to the different types of training. 
2: Strength Training        Students will gain an applied understanding of these concepts by drawing on the knowledge and experience of the sports analysts during theory sessions as well as through active participation in practical laboratory tests. These are used to assess the athletic performance of athletes as well as gain an understanding of the sophisticated training and testing equipment used. Practical experiences include peak and anaerobic power tests (Wingate), VO2max testing (treadmill or bike), blood pressure, glucose, lactic acid and gas analysis as well as strength and flexibility training exercises. 
 
3: Flexibility Training        Students will gain an applied understanding of these concepts by drawing on the knowledge and experience of the sports analysts during theory sessions as well as through active participation in practical laboratory tests. These are used to assess the athletic performance of athletes as well as gain an understanding of the sophisticated training and testing equipment used. Practical experiences include peak and anaerobic power tests (Wingate), VO2max testing (treadmill or bike), blood pressure, glucose, lactic acid and gas analysis as well as strength and flexibility training exercises. 
4: Nutrition and Performance Core 2: Factors Affecting Performance How can nutrition and recovery strategies affect performance? H7, H11 Module 4 provides students with an understanding of nutritional considerations with regards to optimising performance. It also explores some of the myths, facts and recent findings surrounding the area of supplementation. 
5: Recovery Strategies       Module 5 provides students with an understanding of a number of different recovery strategies and the science behind them. Students also participate in a practical contrast hydrotherapy session. 
6: Training for Improved Performance Option 4: Improving Performance How do athletes train for improved performance? H7, H8, H9, H10, H16, H17 Module 6 begins with a theoretical session where students explore basic through to advanced training methods related to the development of aerobic and anaerobic capacity, strength, flexibility and skills. Students then apply this knowledge in a practical setting through the use of sophisticated training equipment in the Sports Science Unit weight room and gym. 
7: Ethical Issues     What ethical issues are related to improving performance? H7, H8, H9, H10, H16, H17 Module 7 provides students with an understanding of the ethical issues related to the use of supplements, banned substances and drugs, as well as the recent advances in technology used in sport. Students will gain practical experience in the use of technological systems commonly employed to assess and monitor athletic performance. 

 

 
 
 
 

PDHPE Preliminary HSC, Physical Activity and Sports Studies and Sport, Lifestyle and Recreation Modules 

Modules are currently being developed to cover content from the PDHPE Preliminary HSC, PASS and SLR syllabi. 
 
If you would like to be notified when these modules become available please email us at sportrec@sport.nsw.gov.au to be added to our mailing list. 
 

Availability

This program is available at Sydney Academy.