Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

HSC Workshops and Educational Visits

The School of Exercise Science, Sport and Health has developed a program utilising the Exercise and Sports Science Laboratories, Charles Sturt University in Bathurst, where secondary personal development, health and physical education (PDHPE) students have the opportunity to experience the testing and assessment procedures routinely undertaken in the exercise and sports sciences. Sessions allow for assessment of the major systems including hydrostatic determination of body composition, muscle function, pulmonary capacity, resting cardiac function along with aerobic and anaerobic energy systems. The format can be altered to meet the individual needs of groups as well as incorporating tours of the University campus.

Sessions are approximately two hours long, at a cost of $25.00 per student. However, it is necessary to limit numbers to 20 students per session. Students receive a workbook providing background information and normative values for the activities.

Students will be required to bring with them pens, writing paper and eraser, rubber-soled joggers and casual clothes. One (1) student should be prepared to undertake VO2 Max test (shorts to be worn) as well as two (2) students to bring swimming costume and towel for participation in underwater weighing.

It is a requirement of the Occupational Health and Safety Committee of Charles Sturt University that parents/guardians of students attending the Exercise and Sports Science Laboratories are informed that students will be undertaking vigorous exercise. This exercise involves maximal effort cycling for a period of 30 seconds for the determination of peak anaerobic capacity. There is risk in undertaking physical exercise at this level, including the possibility of episodes of transient light-headedness, fainting, abnormal blood pressure, chest discomfort and nausea. As such, while students are on campus, the University will take measures to ensure the safety, and where necessary, reserves the right to take medical care of students. To reduce the possibility of these complications occurring, students are encouraged to consume breakfast, and where the visit takes place in the afternoon, lunch prior to attending the laboratory.

It is stressed that participation in activities at the Exercise and Sports Science Laboratories while encouraged, is voluntary. Students are free to withdraw from participation at any time on the basis of personal preference or health concerns.

Implementation of these regulations requires that a statement indicating the following is included in permission notification signed by parents/guardians prior to students attending the Exercise and Sports Science Laboratories.

  • Students attending the Exercise and Sports Science Laboratories will be undertaking vigorous physical activity.
  • There is some risk of participation in such activity.
  • Parents advise of any existing medical conditions that may be exacerbated by participation in vigorous exercise.
  • The University will take measures to ensure the safety, and where necessary, reserves the right to take medical care of students.