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502: Cardio-Vascular Performance and Neuro-integration – Denmark

Course Date

Start: 19th April 2019 @ 09:00am
End: 21st April 2019 @ 15:00pm

Course Location

TBA, Denmark

Course Description


Dr. Kenneth Jay
Dr. Mike Nelson
Dr. Freddys Garcia
Dr. Matthew Antonucci
& contributions from Professor Frederick Carrick

Course Curriculum

Flipped classroom

  • The structure and function of the pulmonary system
  • Gas exchange and transport
  • Regulation of pulmonary ventilation
  • Acid-base regulation
  • The structure and function of the cardiovascular system
  • At altitude
  • Training the cardiovascular system
  • Thermoregulation and acclimatization

Live training

  • The purpose of the cardiovascular system
  • Heart morphology and the athletes heart
  • What is cardio really?
  • Oxygen uptake and the gold standard of cardiovascular health
  • Aerobic and anaerobic training and testing
  • Running, rowing, cycling, cross-country skiing
  • Cardiovascular training and the effect on the brain
  • Calculating energy expenditure and the 1200Cal/hr workout
  • Efficiency and the functional threshold
  • Cardiovascular assessments
  • Monitoring the training effect
  • Breathing for stamina
  • Fatigue, tolerance and recovery ability
  • Limiting factors of cardiovascular adaptations
  • Staying calm: a key component of endurance
  • Designing cardiovascular training programs

Pre-reading list:

The following three textbooks are fundamental for the Carrick Institute Human Performance program as they cover the basics of human physiology.

McArdle WD, Katch FI, Katch VL. Exercise Physiology: Nutrition, Energy, and Human Performance 8th edition. Wolters Kluver 2014

  • This textbook provides a comprehensive view of the systems in the body during exercise. All topics from module 2, 3, and 4 are covered in this textbook.

Bear MF, Conners B, Paradiso M. Neuroscience – Exploring the Brain 4th edition. Wolters Kluwer 2016

  • This textbook provides a comprehensive description of the structure and function of the brain and nervous system. All topics from module 5 are covered in this textbook.

Enoka RM. Neuromechanics of Human Movement 5th edition. Human Kinetics 2015.

  • Building on the fundamentals, this textbook provides an in-depth look at neural and biomechanical control of human movement. It is a great addition to the works of McArdle, Katch and Katch, and Bear, Conners and Paradiso.

Note: For each flipped classroom lesson, there will be select research papers included for discussion or as supplemental material.


Course Credits


Course Contact Name

Rebecca Robillard

Course Contact Email