Sports Physiology

In this course, the students observe and study the physiological responses of the body to physical stress. The electrocardiogram (ECG), spirometric measurements of the tidal volume, heart rate and blood pressure changes are experimentally measured at rest and during exercise. The results will analysed and discussed.
By the dissection of an mammalian (pig) heart the students become acquainted with anatomy and function of this highly specialized organ. The sequence of excitatory events that lead to a well organzed contraction can is visualized by an ECG and provides insight into the relationship between ECG curve an heart contraction. 
Furthermore, the fine structure of skeletal, cardiac and smooth muscles is investigated by using histological sections. The differences in terms of arrangement of contractile filaments, cell shape, cell nuclei, mitochondria, force generation, ATPase activity and excitation will be investigated. The molecular basis of muscle contraction and the phases of energy supply (cellular respiration / TCA cycle) allow the students an insight into the energetic processes of muscle contraction.

This course can be combined with the course Öffnet internen Link im gleichen FensterEnergy metabolism

Duration: 1 day
Number of participants: max. 16

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