SSCI409-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023

Extreme Sport Science

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 20 February 2023
End Date: Sunday, 25 June 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 5 March 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 14 May 2023


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

Timetable 2023

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 11:00 - 13:00 Rec Centre Climbing Wall
8 May - 14 May
Computer Lab A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01-P1 Monday 09:00 - 11:00 Karl Popper 414 Mac Lab (20/2, 6/3, 20/3, 24/4, 8/5-15/5)
Warehouse 122 Strength and Conditioning Lab (22/5)
20 Feb - 26 Feb
6 Mar - 12 Mar
20 Mar - 26 Mar
24 Apr - 30 Apr
8 May - 14 May
22 May - 28 May
01-P2 Monday 11:00 - 13:00 Karl Popper 414 Mac Lab (20/2, 6/3, 20/3, 24/4, 8/5-15/5)
15 May - 21 May
Field Trip A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 08:00 - 11:00 Ilam fields
27 Feb - 5 Mar
27 Mar - 2 Apr
8 May - 14 May
Presentation A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 10:00 - 13:00 A7
12 Jun - 18 Jun
Workshop A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 09:00 - 11:00 Warehouse 122 Strength and Conditioning Lab (13/3-1/5)
Karl Popper 414 Mac Lab (29/5)
13 Mar - 19 Mar
1 May - 7 May
29 May - 4 Jun

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Sarah-Kate Millar


Mark Drury


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Performance plan assignment 10 May 2023 50% A written multi-disciplinary performance plan.
Presentation of a sport performance analysis 12 Jun 2023 50% A seminar-style presentation outlining the results of the undertaken multi-disciplinary performance analysis of a particular extreme sport. Monday 12 June, 9am-12pm.

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 $2,227.00

* 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

  • SSCI409-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023