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Deakin University School of Exercise and Nutrition 2021 VCE PE Program

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2021 VCE Physical Education: Turning theory into practice. Hosted by Deakin University’s School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences.

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VCE Physical Education: Turning theory into practice

Deakin University’s School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences offers VCE Physical Education students the opportunity to gain an insight into exercise science testing and evaluation in a laboratory or clinical environment at our Melbourne Burwood Campus.

The program offers you, as a physical education teacher, a great opportunity to reinforce aspects of the VCE curriculum, using Deakin University’s first class performance laboratories. Students will interact with sport scientists whilst conducting and interpreting a range of laboratory tests. The lab sessions run for 2 hours each and schools may choose one or both of the laboratory sessions as well as take a tour of other facilities within the University.

Lab 1: Physiological assessment of exercise

Linked to VCE Physical Education Unit 1: The Human Body in Motion; and

Unit 3: Movement Skills and Energy for Physical Activity.

Area of Study: How does the body produce energy?

In this lab, student will explore common laboratory methods to assess aerobic and anaerobic fitness. Aerobic capacity will be assessed using a progressive exercise test and assessment of the lactate inflection point will also be discussed, which can be applied to sporting contexts and pacing strategies. The anaerobic energy systems will be assessed using a 10s and 30s power test on a bicycle ergometer. Students will also learn how these tests relate to fitness and energy system utilisation during exercise.

Lab 2: Kinematics of movement: Resistance training

Linked to VCE Physical Education Unit 4: Training to Improve Performance.

Area of Study 2: How is training implemented effectively to improve fitness?

In this lab, students will instruct, perform, and analyse several foundational resistance training exercises such as the squat, deadlift and the bench press. Kinematics of movement, including force, velocity and power output will be explored using GymAware software. Students will evaluate vertical jump performance of class members using portable force plates, and training variables used to enhance vertical jump height in gym-based settings will be explored. The principles of chronic muscle adaptation in response to resistance training will be discussed as part of this session, with a focus on integrating resistance training into athletes programs to enhance sporting performance.

Session information:


Monday 14th – Friday 18th June, 2021

Monday 21st – Friday 25th June, 2021

2 time slots available per laboratory per day: 10:00am - 12:00pm; 1:00pm - 3:00pm Session duration: 2 hours

Cost per session: $150 +GSTNote: Maximum of 25 students per session

Please note that this event will be held in accordance with Victorian Government advice around COVID-19 and the event is subject to change/ cancellation at short notice based on government restrictions.

For more information please contact or 9244 5052.

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