Online Course
Principles of Exercise Physiology and Adaptation
Gain an understanding of how the body adapts to exercise

1.5-2 hours





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Mike Lambert
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Professor Mike Lambert is a researcher with extensive experience in injury surveillance and monitoring fitness and fatigue to reduce injury

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Rehabilitation professionals use exercise as a treatment modality on a daily basis. To be an efficient and effective strategy, knowledge of the basic physiological principles that underlie adaptations to exercise is necessary. The type of adaptation is dependent on the specific type of exercise stimulus. These stimuli can vary, and it stands to reason that the training-induced adaptations will be different. It is crucial for rehabilitation professionals, sports clinicians, coaches and trainers to understand the biological process of adaptation to help their clients improve performance and rehabilitate after an injury.


This course will enhance your understanding of the underlying processes that lead to physiological adaptations following strength or endurance training.


This course is made up of videos, reading, forum posts and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:

  1. Video
  2. Reading activity
  3. Quiz

Target audience

This course is aimed at Physiotherapy and Physical Therapy clinicians, students and assistants. Other interested professionals such as athletic trainers, occupational therapists, nurses or medical doctors interested in this subject are also invited to participate.


Availability - this course is online and can be completed on your own schedule.

Hours of Learning - No deadlines are applied to this course and it can be started and completed in your own time according to your personal schedule. We expect the required elements to take around 1.5-2 hours depending on your schedule and learning style. Additionally there are many optional resources provided and if you choose to review these the course could take longer to complete.

Types of Activities - Watching videos, reading, a final quiz and participating in an international discussion forum.

Certificates - At the end of the course, when you have completed all of the required elements, you will be able to download a certificate of completion and 1.4 Plus points will be added to your personalised learning dashboard.

Requirements to complete this course

In order to complete this course and receive a course completion certificate plus CEUs/CCUs/CPD points you will need to:

  1. Respect the Plus Community Culture.
  2. Log all the required learning activities as complete (represented by the orange icons!).
  3. Actively and appropriately participate in the course discussions.
  4. Pass a final quiz with a score of 80% or more.
  5. Complete a course evaluation form.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • discuss exercise as a biological stressor
  • describe and compare training-induced adaptations in response to strength and endurance exercise
  • explain the principles of dose and response and overload

Instructor financial and non-financial disclosures

No relevant relationships disclosed by instructor.


For special needs or accommodations please contact us with details of how we can meet your needs.

Featured reviews
This is an excellent overview of exercise adaptations following endurance and resistance training programs. It is helpful for prescribing exercises and providing better patient education. A lot of great clinical pearls that can likely help improve to patient adherence with knowledge of these fundamentals.
Aindrea Clarke