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The Science of Endurance Training and Performance

Learn about the science behind endurance sports training and performance, including effective preparation and rehabilitation.

12,499 enrolled on this course

The Science of Endurance Training and Performance
  • Duration6 weeks
  • Weekly study4 hours

Endurance sports such as cycling, marathons and triathlons are increasingly popular. Events attract everyone from elite athletes striving for performance improvements, to sedentary individuals looking to improve their health and well-being.

Wherever you sit on this spectrum, this course will help you train for and improve your performance in endurance sports.

You will learn with sports scientists from the Endurance Research Group (ERG) at Kent’s School of Sport and Exercise Sciences – a world leader in endurance performance research and teaching.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 7 seconds LUCY HALE: Hello and welcome to The Science of Endurance Training and Performance. My name’s Lucy Hale. I’m a member of staff in the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences and I’m a member of the research group, the Endurance Research Group, at the University of Kent. Here I have my colleague, Dr. Glen Davison who is the coordinator of the Endurance Research Group at Kent.

Skip to 0 minutes and 29 seconds GLEN DAVISON: The Endurance Research Group in the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences is a world leading group of scientists and expert academics in the field of endurance performance and training. We cover many areas of endurance and conduct cutting edge research aiming to understand and improve endurance performance and training. We, in this course, are going to present some of our latest cutting edge research and share with you some of the insights that we have developed in the area of endurance performance, which we know will be of benefit to you in enhancing your performance and training.

Skip to 1 minute and 7 seconds LUCY HALE: Over the next six weeks you’re going to be covering topics such as psychology, nutrition, training, injury and prevention, pain and fatigue, and also respiratory issues in athletes. On each topic we’re not only going to be looking at techniques and recommendations surrounding the area of examination, but we’re also going to be looking at the science behind endurance performance. So we hope that you’ll understand a little bit more about what the cutting edge research is saying rather than some of the myths that surround some of these areas.

Skip to 1 minute and 40 seconds GLEN DAVISON: So come and join us on this course. Whether you’re a beginner, a recreational athlete, or a seasoned professional, there’s something that can help you enhance your training and performance in this course.

What topics will you cover?

  • Training
  • Nutrition
  • Psychology
  • Fatigue and pain
  • Respiratory health
  • Endurance injuries and rehabilitation

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Explore the science behind effective endurance training methods
  • Evaluate pre-, during, and post-exercise recommendations to support endurance performance and to protect the athlete from illness
  • Discuss psychological preparation for endurance sports
  • Explain how the concepts of fatigue and pain relate to endurance training
  • Investigate respiratory health, including normal and abnormal airway responses to exercise
  • Explore injuries in endurance sport and how they can be treated and rehabilitated

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for anyone with an interest in taking up an endurance sport or who is training for an endurance challenge ahead. It will also be relevant to athletes, coaches and sport scientists, as well as prospective sports science students.

No previous experience is necessary.

Who will you learn with?

I am a lecturer in Sport and Exercise Nutrition and a member of the Endurance Research Group (ERG) in the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences at The University of Kent, UK.

I'm a Reader in Sports Science (University of Kent, Endurance Research Group) specialising in Nutrition & Exercise Immunology. I'm BASES accredited and a Chartered Scientist
Twitter: @GlenD800

Who developed the course?

The University of Kent

The University of Kent, the UK’s European University, is one of the country’s most dynamic universities. Established in 1965, it now has 19,850 students studying at its various campuses.