EHR226 Exercise Testing and Prescription (8)

Physical conditioning practices apply exercise interventions to promote adaptation and reduce injury risk. In this subject, students will extend their knowledge of general exercise programming guidelines for health and fitness, develop their capacity to evaluate exercise capacities and design and implement training interventions to achieve specific physiological and performance goals. After completing this subject, students will be able to develop and implement long-term conditioning programs using evidence-based techniques to achieve physical conditioning and performance goals.


* Offering has a residential school. Please view following information for further details.

Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Bathurst Campus
Port Macquarie Campus
Online *
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: EHR226. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Exercise Science, Sport and Health

Enrolment Restrictions

Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science

Bachelor of Health Science (Food and Nutrition)

Diploma of Exercise Studies

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to use a variety of methods to identify individual needs and screen for movement dysfunction;
  • be able to evaluate physiological capacities, interpret data obtained and communicate findings to athletes and coaches;
  • be able to design and implement long term (12 months or longer) periodised training programs to enhance physical conditioning and performance and reduce injury risk;
  • be able to monitor, evaluate and modify exercise training programs to maximise physiological adaptation and performance;
  • be able to implement effective recovery strategies within physical conditioning programs; and
  • be able to prescribe exercise to maintain physical conditioning and support rehabilitation following injury and develop criteria for safe return to activity.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Concepts of skill-related fitness and factors affecting sports performance;
  • Athletic needs analysis and prehabilitation;
  • Functional movement screening and corrective exercise;
  • Exercise and fitness assessments for athletes;
  • Training techniques for developing speed and agility;
  • Training techniques for developing aerobic capacity and endurance;
  • Training techniques for developing hypertrophy, strength and power;
  • Training techniques for developing balance, stability and neuromuscular control;
  • Periodisation strategies;
  • Training program implementation and yearly planning;
  • Monitoring athletes and training loads;
  • Recovery strategies;
  • Designing sport-specific exercise prescriptions for individuals and teams;
  • Rehabilitation and return from injury; and
  • Program evaluation.

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of EHR226 in Session 2 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Training program & performance assessment
Practical assessment
Comprehensive final examination

Residential School

This subject contains a 3 day Compulsory Residential School.

Online students are required to attend a three (3) day Residential School.  

The residential school develops students practical competency skills in exercise testing, delivery and instruction and the use of exercise testing and training equipment.This Residential School complies with requirements to meet ESSA accreditation.

Special Resources

Online students are required to attend a Residential School to access laboratory facilities. This will require students to arrange and finance their own travel and accommodation.

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.