Middlebury

CHEM 0123

Limits of Human Endurance

Exercise Biochemistry and the Limits of Human Endurance
In this course we will investigate the biochemical, biological, genetic, and psychological factors associated with athletic performance. We will discuss the origins of exercise physiology in the early 1900’s, introducing topics such as metabolic fuels and their utilization, oxygen and water, and physiological adaptations to training. Special attention will be paid to muscle (power), pulmonary organization and function (VO2 max), and how psychology and the brain (the master regulator) contribute to achieve maximum performance. We will also read and discuss recent papers from popular and primary literature. Films and guest lectures by experts and accomplished endurance athletes will provide a personal perspective. Laboratory and training room sessions will put themes into practice. We will also consider controversies such as performance enhancing drugs and sex determination.(Not open to students who have already taken FYSE 1046 or INTD 1011.)
Subject:
Chemistry and Biochemistry
Department:
Chemistry & Biochemistry
Division:
Natural Sciences
Requirements Fulfilled:
SCI
Equivalent Courses:
AMLT 1002
INTD 0150
FYSE 1046
INTD 1011 *

Sections in Fall 2020