LFYS1000 Acute physiological responses and chronic adaptations to physical training (5 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, 2023-2024


  • Musculoskeletal system responses and adaptations

  • Cardiorespiratory responses and adaptations

  • Metabolic responses and adaptations

  • Neuromuscular responses and adaptations

  • Hormonal and immunological responses and adaptations

  • Recovery form training

  • Over-reaching and over-training

Learning outcomes

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

  • demonstrate a deep understanding of acute and chronic responses to physical training

  • describe mechanisms contributing to training-induced adaptations

  • criticially read topic-specific literature

  • apply their learning to practice in various relevant fields

Additional information

4th year, autumn. NB! Course starts already on Sep 2nd!

Study materials

• Borer K.T. (2013) Advanced Exercise Endocrinology. Champaign, IL., USA: Human Kinetics. (264 s.).

• Bouchard C and Hoffman E.P. (eds.) (2011) Genetic and molecular aspects of sports performance. The Encyclopaedia of Sports Medicine: An IOC Medical Commission Publication, Volume XVIII, Genetic and Molecular Aspects of Sports Performance. Wiley-Blackwell (404 s.)

• Gleeson M., Bishop N. and Walsh N. (2013) Exercise Immunology. NY, USA: Routledge (176 s.) E-book

• Hackney A. (ed.) (2017) Sex Hormones, Exercise and Women: Scientific and Clinical Aspects. Cham, Switzerland: Springler International Publishing (319 s.) E-book.

• Hargreaves, M. & Spriet, L. (eds.) 2006. Exercise Metabolism. Champaign, IL., USA: Human Kinetics (301 s.).

• Hausswirth C. & Mujika I.( 2013) Recovery for Performance in Sport. Champaign, IL., USA: Human Kinetics (281 s.)

• Laursen P. and Buchheit M. (2018) Science and Application of High-Intensity Interval Training. Human Kinetics (672 s.).

• McGuigan M. (2017) Monitoring Training and Performance in Athletes. Human Kinetics (264 s.).

• Schumann M. and Rønnestad B. (Eds.) (2019) Concurrent Aerobic and Strength Training: Scientific Basics and Practical Applications. Springer. (416 s.).

• Wackerhage H. (2014) Molecular Exercise Physiology. NY, USA: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group. (338 s.).

Completion methods

Method 1

Lectures (12 hours), seminars (12 hours), literature (200 pages)
Evaluation criteria:
Lecture- and seminar-based exams (40%), completion of seminar tasks and active participation in seminars (30%), literature exam (30%)
Select all marked parts
Parts of the completion methods

Participation in teaching (5 cr)

Participation in teaching
Grading scale:
English, Finnish