VCE Physical Education – Exercise and Sports Science: Turning theory into practice

Monday 30 May – Friday 24 June

Event details

Deakin University’s School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences offers VCE Physical Education students the opportunity to gain an insight into topical areas of Exercise and Sport Science in a laboratory environment at our Melbourne Burwood Campus.


Monday 30 May–Friday 3 June 2022
Monday 20 June–Friday 24 June 2022

For any enquiries, please call 9244 5052 or email School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences.

Session information

Lab 1: Physiological assessment of exercise

Linked to VCE Physical Education Unit 1: The Human Body in Motion
Area of Study: How does the body produce energy?

In this lab, students 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: How is training implemented effectively to improve performance?

In this lab, students will instruct, perform and analyse several foundational resistance training exercises such as the squat and the bench press along with evaluating vertical jump performances. Kinematics of movement will be explored using GymAware software. 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.

Lab 3: Biomechanics

Linked to VCE Physical Education Unit 3: Movement Skills and Energy for Physical Activity
Area of study: How are movement skills improved?

In this lab, students will explore cutting-edge Biomechanical methods for assessing human movement in exercise and sport to enhance performance and reduce injury risk. This will include examinations of how movement changes on different sport surfaces, the influence of technique on movement performance, and the role of the neuromuscular system in balance and stability.