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SPHE323 - Sports Conditioning

Course Details

Course Code: SPHE323 Course ID: 3299 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course will provide the student with the skills necessary to develop an annual training program for athletes of all levels. Emphasis will be placed on the principles of periodization and how to determine the appropriate training program for each sport. The topics of plyometrics, speed, agility, strength and power will be demonstrated in videos and through other course materials. Students will be required to complete a 52 week training plan for an athlete based on the principles of periodization.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
05/21/21 - 10/29/21 11/01/21 - 12/26/21 Fall 2021 Session I 8 Week session
06/28/21 - 12/03/21 12/06/21 - 01/30/22 Fall 2021 Session D 8 Week session
07/27/21 - 12/31/21 01/03/22 - 02/27/22 Winter 2022 Session B 8 Week session
08/31/21 - 02/04/22 02/07/22 - 04/03/22 Winter 2022 Session I 8 Week session
09/28/21 - 03/04/22 03/07/22 - 05/01/22 Winter 2022 Session D 8 Week session
10/26/21 - 04/01/22 04/04/22 - 05/29/22 Spring 2022 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, students will fulfill the following Learning Objectives (L.O.):

LO1: Analyze a sport in order to determine the training needs of sport.

LO2: Develop an athlete evaluation and select appropriate testing procedures for specific athletes/sports

LO3: Apply knowledge obtained from research on strength and conditioning

LO4: Apply the fundamental movements that are crucial for athletic development and injury prevention

LO5: Discuss the variables that determine training cycles involved in periodization.

LO6: Discuss strength and power, including sustained power (i.e. endurance) within a training program

LO7: Develop an annual training plan using periodization

Reading Assignments: Will be evaluated as demonstrated in forum discussions and written essays.

Supplemental Readings: Are found in the “lessons” tab in the online classroom.

Forum Assignments: All forums require an initial post of at least 250 words due by Wednesday 11:59 PM EST of the assigned week and at least 2 responses to classmates of at least 100 words by Sunday 11:59 PM EST of the assigned week. Please see forum description for rubric.

Assignments: Assignment directions are found in the “Assignments” tab of the online classroom. All assignments are due no later than 11:55pm EST each Sunday of the corresponding week. All written submissions should be submitted in a font and page set-up that is readable and neat. It is recommended that students try to adhere to a consistent format, which is described below.

Quizzes: Quizzes are located in the “Quizzes” tab of the online classroom. There are no formal quizzes however “Industry Applications” assignments will be submitted in this area.

NameGrade %
Forums 30.00 %
Forum 1 3.75 %
Forum 2 3.75 %
Forum 3 3.75 %
Forum 4 3.75 %
Forum 5 3.75 %
Forum 6 3.75 %
Forum 7 3.75 %
Forum 8 3.75 %
Quizzes 15.00 %
Quiz - #3.0 5.00 %
Quiz - #2.0 5.00 %
Quiz - #1.0 5.00 %
Assignments 55.00 %
Week 2: Athlete Analysis 13.75 %
Week 4: Course Project - Annual Training Plan Overview 13.75 %
Week 6: Course Project - Specific Training Plan Part 1 13.75 %
Week 8: Course Project - Specific Training Plan Part 2 13.75 %

This course uses Open Access Resources. All of the resources for this class are located in the LESSONS area of our classroom under the heading Course Materials at the top of the Lessons page, or the Reading and Resources for each week of the course. Simply click on this link to access the Required Readings and Resources, from which you will find a clickable link to each week’s list of readings and resources.

Required Readings: See note above


In addition to the required course texts the following public domain Websites are useful. Please abide by the university’s academic honesty policy when using Internet sources as well. Note web site addresses are subject to change.

Site Name

Website URL/Address

The OWL at Purdue

APA Style Homepage


Required Readings: See Course Syllabus

Additional Resources: In the Course Materials folder there are additional course articles and up to date APA handouts.

Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.