METS is a Melbourne-based company which offers a specialised service to VCE PE students in Victoria. We bring all the equipment to your school and set up in your classroom, lecture theatre or gymnasium, and put a student (or teacher!) through a VO2 max/lactate test and wingate anaerobic capacity test. The standard service is 90 minutes and includes the tests, interpretation of data, and detailed discussion/revision of key topics. This time-frame can be altered to suit class times.
During the demonstration, we discuss the physiological changes occurring in the participant including:
1. Energy system interplay including rate and yield, and the relative contribution of each.
2. Acute responses to exercise including changes in ventilation, tidal volume, breathing rate, heart rate, stroke volume, and a-vo2 difference.
3. Fatigue mechanisms including the redistribution of blood to induce sweating, the role of H+ in fatigue, the Lactate Inflection Point, and glycogen depletion (depending on where you're at in the study design).
4. The relative contribution of fats and carbs for fuel, and the influence of exercise intensity on each.
5. The benefits of active and passive recoveries, including which sports/activities they are relevant for.
After the tests, we take 2 minutes to download the data (shown towards the bottom of this page), and show students how ventilation, heart rate, stroke volume, a-vo2 difference, and VO2 changes in response to increases in exercise intensity.
The remainder of the service involves conducting a thorough revision session covering topics appropriate to where students currently are in the study design. This involves areas such as:
1. Oxygen deficit, steady state, and EPOC.
2. Glycogen depletion.
3. Heat load stress and dehydration.
4. Chronic adaptations to exercise.
5. Training methods to improve cardiovascular fitness (continuous, short, medium, and long interval training, HIT, fartlek) including work:rest ratios and appropriate intensities.
6. The principles of periodisation and programming.
7. Conducting fitness testing: PAR-Q, informed consent, aims and protocols, test reliability and validity.
8. Ergogenic aids and altitude training.
The best aspect of this service is that we have dedicated staff who specialise in delivering this presentation and know the VCE PE study design back to front. We complete this service as part of a full time job. That means you can rest assured that we will:
1. Speak the appropriate amount jargon which a VCE PE student can understand (we use as many key terms as possible).
2. Cover topics appropriate to where you're currently at in the study design, and simplify concepts students often find difficult to grasp.
3. Provide a consistent service year after year (as opposed to alternatives which use interns who can be 'hit and miss' with the terminology they use).