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Muscle and Exercise Physiology in Health and Disease

  • 45 hours
  • 6 days, plus independent study for exam (if applicable)
  • 21 March 2018

Overview

This six-day course will give you a theoretical understanding of muscle and exercise physiology in health and disease.

You'll get an overview of:

  • the structure and function of skeletal muscle and its responses and adaptations to exercise and training
  • the response of the respiratory and cardiovascular systems to exercise in health and disease
  • the assessment of exercise capacity in disease and an introduction to exercise prescription

You'll undertake some practical work including cardiopulmonary exercise testing and analysis.

This course is run by UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health.

Who this course is for

The course is suitable for qualified physiotherapists with a degree in physiotherapy at least equivalent to a lower second class Bachelor’s degree in the UK, or an equivalent sports physiology or medical qualification. 

Course content

The main topics covered will include:

  • respiration and exercise
  • muscle structure and the basic mechanical properties of muscle
  • determinants of strength, power and weakness in human muscle
  • muscle adaptation to strength training and ageing
  • cardiovascular responses and adaptations to exercise
  • respiratory responses and adaptations to exercise
  • physical activity in health
  • exercise in cardiac and respiratory disease
  • exercise testing in adults and children including the clinical applicability
  • exercise prescription principles

Teaching, structure and assessment

The course will be taught over six days, from 21 to 28 March 2018 (weekdays only).

You'll attend face-to-face lectures, practical sessions and seminars by experts in the field.

Lectures will be recorded and made available via a virtual learning platform (Moodle), along with learning resources. You'll also use this platform to carry out e-learning activities, communicate with tutors and other students, and receive feedback.

You can take it as:

  • a standalone short course for CPD purposes (with certificate of attendance)
  • a 'taster module' earning UCL credits

Find out more about the difference between advanced physiotherapy short courses and taster modules.

The taster module will be assessed by an unseen two-hour written exam on 24 May 2018.

Cost

The fees are:

  • £800 - short course
  • £850 - taster module

Learning outcomes

This course will help you to:

  • understand and have advanced knowledge of muscle and exercise physiology in health and disease
  • understand and have advanced knowledge of the cardiovascular and respiratory responses and adaptations to exercise in health and disease in adults and/or children
  • apply theoretical knowledge of muscle and exercise physiology using advanced clinical reasoning skills to justify physiotherapy clinical interventions in the context of the evolving evidence base and contemporary professional and ethical framework in health and disease in adults and/or children
  • explain and critically evaluate the key experimental studies that have contributed to this knowledge

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Course team

Dr Eleanor Main

Eleanor is Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy at UCL and Programme Director for the Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma and MSc in Physiotherapy. Her clinical career has been predominantly at the Red Cross Children's Hospital in Cape Town and Great Ormond Street Hospital in London. She's worked in research and research-led postgraduate physiotherapy education at the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health since 2001.


Sarah Rand

Sarah is a Senior Teaching Fellow in Physiotherapy at UCL. Prior to training as a physiotherapist she completed a Bachelor’s degree in Natural Sciences, specialising in physiology. She's also a specialist paediatric respiratory physiotherapist and has worked at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children and the Royal Brompton Hospital in London and also at Temple Street Children’s University Hospital in Dublin. She has worked in at the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health since 2010.


Professor Bruce Lynn

Bruce is an Emeritus Professor of Physiology at UCL. He is an internationally recognised human physiology researcher and academic and a key member of the teaching team on this module.


Course information last modified: 26 May 2017, 09:32

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