LFYS1001 Exercise physiology in different environments (2 cr)

Study level:
Advanced studies
Grading scale:
English, Finnish
Responsible organisation:
Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences
Curriculum periods:
2020-2021, 2021-2022, 2022-2023


  • Thermal regulation of the body

  • Heat stress and hydration strategies during exercise

  • Cold exposure and exercise-induced physiological responses in the cold

  • Physiological responses to hypoxia

  • High-altitude training

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of the course, the student is able to:

  • describe hot-, cold-, and high-altitude-induced physiological adaptations to bodily functions at rest and during exercise in-depth 

  • describe the body's regulation mechanisms in hot and cold climate, as well as at high-altitude

  • critically read topic-specific literature

  • apply leaning to practice 

Additional information

2nd year, autumn. NB! Course starts already on Sep 7th!

Study materials

  • Cheung S. (2010) Advanced Environmental Exercise Physiology. Champaign, IL., USA: Human Kinetics (255 s.)

  • Wilber R. (2003) Altitude Training and Athletic Performance, 1st Edition. Human Kinetics. (264 s.)

  • Gunga H-C. (2015) Human Physiology in Extreme Environments. Human Kinetics. (313 s.).

  • Casa Douglas J. (Ed.) (2018) Sport and Physical Activity in the Heat: Maximizing Performance and Safety. Springer. (365 s.).

Completion methods

Method 1

Lectures (6 hours), seminars (6 hours), literature (200 pages)
Evaluation criteria:
Literature exam (50 %) -> literature report (50%)
Select all marked parts
Parts of the completion methods

Participation in teaching (2 cr)

Participation in teaching
Grading scale:
English, Finnish