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EHR425 Exercise Across the Lifespan (8)


The subject focuses on the basic developmental principles, theoretical approaches and issues related to the study of human growth, development and ageing in the context of the effect of health and physical performance across the life span. Factors influencing growth and disturbances to growth will be explored. Fundamentals of motor development and skills will be examined during infancy and childhood. The subject introduces the concept of ageing, including structural changes to the various systems and the model of constraints influencing movement and physical activity across the lifespan.

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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Exercise Science, Sport and Health

Assumed Knowledge

Students should have an understanding of anatomy and physiology prior to undertaking this subject.

Enrolment restrictions

 Available to students in: Graduate Diploma in Exercise and Sport Science or as approved by the Course Director
Incompatible subject(s)Related subject(s)
EHR225 EHR225 Paired Subject

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to describe the physical patterns of the various body stages of growth, development and ageing;
  • be able to explain the various modifiers that may affect growth;
  • be able to identify various disturbances to growth and understand specific orders;
  • be able to match movement patterns to an individual's physical and neurological development stage;
  • be able to describe the factors affecting changes in the context of the effect of health and physical performance across the lifespan.


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Developmental patterns from conception to early childhood;
  • Disturbances to growth, teratogens and development;
  • Exercise and pregnancy;
  • Childhood: physical and motor development;
  • Fundamental motor skill development;
  • Trainability of children;
  • Adolescence, maturation and gender;
  • Sporting injuries and the growing athlete;
  • Obesity and insulin resistance in children and adolescents;
  • Structural constraints to exercise associated with ageing;
  • Exercise and the elderly.


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.