Module JXH-4001:
Exercise is Medicine

Module Facts

Run by School of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences

30 Credits or 15 ECTS Credits

Semester 1 & 2

Organiser: Dr Jennifer Cooney

Overall aims and purpose

This module explores the theoretical basis of aging on several physiological systems of the body, as well as the utilisation of exercise to treat a variety of pathological conditions. Students will be given opportunities to develop key practical skills in clinical exercise testing according to current guidelines. Students will also gain insights about cardiovascular disease in the general population and in patients with inflammatory autoimmune disease. Additional practical sessions will help students explore techniques used for blood vessel imaging in cardiovascular research.

Course content

This module will cover the following themes: Semester One: Diabetes, Obesity, Chronic Kidney Disease, Arthritis, Introduction to Exercise Rehabilitation, Exercise Testing, Exercise Prescription

Semester Two: Aging and Cardiovascular Disease, Introduction to Non-invasive Assessments, Examination of Vascular Health, Exercise and Cardiovascular Health, Exercise and the Autonomic Nervous System

There are three assessments for this module - see assessment tab for further information.

Please note: module failure that prevents any student from passing the year will require resit assessment and attendance at Supplementary Assessment Week (exact date TBC but expected to be second week of July 2018).

Assessment Criteria

good

Most criteria are met to a very good standard; some may be met to an excellent standard or to a good standard.

threshold

Most criteria are met to an adequate standard; there may be a wide range in the quality of different components

C- to C+

Most criteria are met to a good standard; there may be a wide range in the quality of different components

excellent

Some criteria are met to an exceptionally high standard; the remainder are met to an excellent standard

Learning outcomes

  1. Critically discuss the physiological adaptations that occur with exercise training in the human body and how this relates to a range of patients

  2. Be able to demonstrate an understanding of and critically discuss pathophysiology, symptoms, and diagnosis of different diseases

  3. Analyse and apply different types of suitable exercise tests and exercise training programs for a range of patients with chronic conditions or in those during recovery from treatment

  4. Be able to critically analyse scientific papers and reviews

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
CLINICAL PRACTICAL ASSESSMENT practical exam

Practical examination (worth 40 %) (Assessing Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3 & 4). With reference to one of the case histories given, prepare for and undertake pre-assessment consultation, functional capacity assessment, exercise prescription and lifestyle counselling for the person described.

40
Written assignment, including essay Written Assignment

2000 word written essay on the impact of exercise on cardiovascular disease.

40
INDIVIDUAL PRESENTATION Verbal Presentation

15 minute presentation on a chosen chronic condition plus 5 minutes questions (20% final module mark). The Presentation should include: • Background to the condition • The rationale for using exercise as a treatment for the chosen condition • Review of research papers that examine the role of exercise in treating that condition • Generic recommendations/guidelines for an appropriate exercise program for that condition (these should be consistent with the evidence presented in the review

20

Teaching and Learning Strategy

Hours
Private study 245
Laboratory 15
Seminar 40

Transferable skills

  • Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
  • Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
  • Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
  • Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
  • Safety-Consciousness - Having an awareness of your immediate environment, and confidence in adhering to health and safety regulations
  • Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.

Subject specific skills

  • demonstrate effective written and/or oral communication and presentation skills
  • work effectively independently and with others
  • take and demonstrate responsibility for their own learning and continuing personal and professional development
  • plan and design practical activities using appropriate techniques and procedures whilst demonstrating high levels of relevant skills
  • communicate succinctly at a level appropriate to different audiences.
  • accurately interpret case study data
  • develop justifiable and/or evidence-based interventions

Resources

Reading list

Research papers will be made available on Blackboard under each Lecture and in Resources. It should be noted, that whilst these articles will give you a good understanding of the topics discussed during the module they are by no means an exhaustive list and additional reading material should be sourced.Tailored readings e.g. Journal Articles etc. will be available to students on Blackboard. See below for a sample:

• Lemmey, A.B. et al., (2009). Effects of High-Intensity Resistance Training in Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Arthritis & Rheumatism, 61: 1726–1734

• Sandoo, A.et al., (2010). The endothelium and its role in regulating vascular tone. The Open Cardiovascular Medicine Journal, 23(4): 302-12

• Heyward (2010). Advanced Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription. 6th edition. Human Kinetics

• Durstine et al. (2009). ACSM’s Exercise Management for Persons with Chronic Diseases and Disabilities. 3rd edition. Human Kinetics.

• Ehrman et al (2013), Clinical Exercise Physiology. 3rd Edition. Human Kinetics

• Fu &Levine (2013) Exercise and the autonomic nervous system in Handbook of Clinical Neurology pp 147-60. https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-444-53491-0.00013-4

• Smith & Fernhall (2011) Advanced Cardiovascular Exercise Physiology. Human Kinetics. 1st Edition.

• Taylor and Jonson (2008), Physiology of Exercise and Healthy Aging. Human Kinetics

• ACSM’s Resource Manual for Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription (2014), 9th Edition. Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins

Courses including this module

Compulsory in courses:

Optional in courses: