SSCI409-22S1 (C) Semester One 2022

Extreme Sport Science

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 21 February 2022
End Date: Sunday, 26 June 2022
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 6 March 2022
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 15 May 2022


This course examines how to analyse and apply practical multi-disciplinary sport science knowledge to enhance performance with a few extreme, i.e. non-traditional sports. The course is both practical and theoretical and requires students to use a step-by-step methodical approach to research, collect, analyse, report and ultimately present findings. Students experience first-hand how a sport scientist interacts professionally with athletes and coaches throughout this process.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes:

On the successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

1.  Critically evaluate contemporary multi-disciplinary sport science research into extreme sports.
2.  Apply multi-disciplinary sport science theories and methods to an in-depth practical analysis of data collected from extreme sport performances.
3.  Evaluate scientific, social, and ethical issues in multi-disciplinary sport science.
4.  Effectively communicate through oral presentation a multidisciplinary performance plan for an extreme sport.


Subject to approval of the Head of School

Course Coordinator

Carl Petersen


Sarah-Kate Millar and Mark Drury


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Critical reflection of contemporary research 28 Mar 2022 30% A literature review of multi-disciplianary sport science research on an extreme sport.
Performance plan assignment 09 May 2022 40% A written multi-disciplinary performance plan for a second extreme sport.
Presentation of a sport performance analysis 13 Jun 2022 30% A seminar-style presentation outlining the results of the undertaken multi-disciplinary performance analysis of a particular extreme sport. Monday 13 June, 11am-2pm.

Textbooks / Resources

Texts and Readings:

There is no set text-book for this course. Students will be directed to a range of required and recommended readings via the course LEARN site and the UC Library.

A sample of selected readings reflecting topics and themes from the course is provided below.

Born DP, Lomax I, Romann M. Variation in competition performance, number of races, and age: Long-term athlete development in elite female swimmers. PLoS One. 2020;15(11):e0242442. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0242442.

Chidley JB, MacGregor AL, Martin C, Arthur CA, Macdonald JH. Characteristics explaining performance in downhill mountain biking. Int J Sports Physiol Perform. 2015;10(2):183-90. doi:10.1123/ijspp.2014-0135.

Coyne JO, Tran TT, Secomb JL, Lundgren LE, Farley OR, Newton RU, Sheppard JM. Maximal Strength Training Improves Surfboard Sprint and Endurance Paddling Performance in Competitive and Recreational Surfers. J Strength Cond Res. 2017;31(1):244-253. doi:10.1519/JSC.0000000000001483.

Dowse RA, Secomb JL, Bruton M, Nimphius S. Ankle proprioception, range of motion and drop landing ability differentiates competitive and non-competitive surfers. J Sci Med Sport. 2021;24(6):609-613. doi:10.1016/j.jsams.2020.12.011.

Farley OR, Abbiss CR, Sheppard JM. Performance Analysis of Surfing: A Review. J Strength Cond Res. 2017:31(1):260-271. doi:10.1519/JSC.0000000000001442

Farley ORL, Secomb JL, Raymond ER, Lundgren LE, Ferrier BK, Abbiss CR, Sheppard JM. Workloads of Competitive Surfing: Work-to-Relief Ratios, Surf-Break Demands, and Updated Analysis. J Strength Cond Res. 2018;32(10):2939-2948. doi:10.1519/JSC.0000000000002659.

Hebisz R, Hebisz P, Danek N, Michalik K, Zatoń M. Predicting Changes in Maximal Oxygen Uptake in Response to Polarized Training (Sprint Interval Training, High-Intensity Interval Training, and Endurance Training) in Mountain Bike Cyclists. J Strength Cond Res. 2020; 24. doi:10.1519/JSC.0000000000003619.

Laursen P, Buchheit M. (Ed.) (2019) Science and Application of High-Intensity Interval Training. Champaign: Human Kinetics.

McGuigan M. (2017) Monitoring training and performance in athletes. Champaign: Human Kinetics.

O’Donoghue P, Sampaio J, McGarry T (Ed.) (2013) Routledge Handbook of Sports Performance Analysis. Abingdon: Routledge.

Pyne DB, Sharp RL. Physical and energy requirements of competitive swimming events. Int J Sport Nutr Exerc Metab. 2014;24(4):351-9. doi:10.1123/ijsnem.2014-0047.

Shaw G, Boyd KT, Burke LM, Koivisto A. Nutrition for swimming. Int J Sport Nutr Exerc Metab. 2014;24(4):360-72. doi:10.1123/ijsnem.2014-0015.

Zamparo P, Cortesi M, Gatta G. The energy cost of swimming and its determinants. Eur J Appl Physiol. 2020;120(1):41-66. doi: 10.1007/s00421-019-04270-y.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $2,168.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

Minimum enrolments

This course will not be offered if fewer than 9 people apply to enrol.

For further information see School of Health Sciences .

All SSCI409 Occurrences

  • SSCI409-22S1 (C) Semester One 2022