Interactive Lab Manual for Exercise Testing and Measurement
Lead Author(s): Jason Siegler
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This interactive manual has been designed to complement any theoretical content delivered in units such as Exercise Testing and Measurement.
Hello and welcome to this interactive lab manual created specifically for units/modules related to Exercise Testing and Measurement that may be delivered within Sport and Exercise Science undergraduate courses. This interactive lab manual has been designed to complement any theoretical content delivered in units such as Exercise Testing and Measurement, with a central aim of contextualising basic measurement and statistical concepts that are often challenging to students. With this in mind, the specific practical activities presented in this interactive lab manual are meant to be adaptable to suit the needs of your student cohort as well as any specific equipment availability that exists within your Sport and Exercise Science degree. Embedded within each practical activity are the fundamental statistical procedures and measurement techniques that often support practitioners in the field, but by no means are they an exhaustive list. For example, you may feel it is more appropriate to provide students with instruction around the standardisation of scores (e.g. z-scores). Hopefully, however, the template is designed in such a manner that these changes can easily be addressed. The techniques presented in this manual have been developed specifically to meet the needs of my own student cohort.
As a general guide, 'Practical Clusters' have been created as separate folders in the interactive manual, with each cluster containing supplementary content and learning material related to specific practical activities and tasks my students participate in throughout the unit. By no means is the content provided within each cluster mutually exclusive, as many of the practical elements related to testing and measurement accuracy, along with objective assessment techniques, can be applied universally throughout the field of Sport and Exercise Science and indeed other health professions. The interactive manual contains 2 main Practical Clusters. The first one focuses on athlete monitoring in Team Sports (TSM), and I've explored contemporary techniques used to monitor training stress and fatigue in a team sport environment. Embedded within this cluster are fundamental concepts related to data distribution, descriptive statistics, assessing reliability and determining differences between means or averages (inferential statistics). The second main cluster focuses on testing the individual, and introduces the student to a series of measurements that will be progressively linked to statistical concepts related to reliability of measurement techniques, relationships between data and finally predicting outcomes. Each practical within the two main clusters is represented as an individual chapter and will follow the same general framework, with each chapter starting with Learning Goals followed by PART 1 and PART 2. Within these two parts are brief introductions and relevant theoretical content related to the week's topic. Squeezed in between PART 1 and PART 2 are the actual physical participation explanations of the week (Procedures).
I hope you find this a useful resource with which to build into, or complement, your testing and measurement unit (or module). Having delivered this unit (or similar) over the past few years, I have consistently struggled finding learning material that is effective at translating basic statistical and measurement techniques/procedures into practical examples relevant to undergraduate Sport and Exercise Science students. Good luck and thank you for considering this interactive lab manual.