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Online · School of Health Sciences · Allied Health Professions

Advanced Conditioning & Recovery

  • CG
  • Section 8WK
  • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020
  • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

This course focuses on the principles of conditioning and recovery as presented through the M.O.R.R. training system.



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The course will give the student an opportunity to learn practical conditioning and recovery techniques that have been implemented with elite athletes.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Describe the concepts and applications of the M.O.R.R. training system related to conditioning and recovery.
  2. Design an appropriate conditioning and recovery plan for a sport specific population.
  3. Explain the various anatomical and physiological principles associated with general conditioning and recovery.
  4. Apply the M.O.R.R. training system’s principles on conditioning and recovery from a Christian perspective as applicable.

Course Resources

Required Resource Purchases

American Psychological Association. Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (Current ed.). Washington, DC: Author.

Chandler, T. J., & Brown, L. E. (2018). Conditioning for strength and human performance (3rd ed.). Baltimore, MD: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. ISBN: 9781138218086.

Smith, C., Smith, T., & Smith, Z. (2015). MORR performance training manual (2nd ed.). (n.p.): Carlton Enterprises. ISBN: 9781513604688.

Disclaimer: The above resources provides information consistent with the latest research regarding the subject area. Liberty University does not necessarily endorse specific personal, religious, philosophical, or political positions found in these resources.

Additional Materials for Learning

  1. Computer with basic audio/video output equipment
  2. Internet access (broadband recommended)
  3. Blackboard recommended browsers
  4. Microsoft Office

Course Assignments

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (2)


Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be 300–500 words, demonstrate course-related knowledge, and provide a total of 2 citations in current APA format from any of the following sources: peer-reviewed journal articles, published textbooks, or publications directly associated with the content being discussed (requires prior approval from the instructor).


In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 200–400 words and include at least 1 citation in current APA format from any of the following sources: peer-reviewed journal articles, published textbooks, or publications directly associated with the content being discussed (requires prior approval from the instructor).

Article Reflection Essays (3)

The student will write a reflection essay of a provided article. Each essay must be at least 500 words and be written in current APA format. The student will be required to reflect on the article, briefly explain the major exercise prescription options, and emphasize how the assessment results play a role in determining the outcomes. The course textbooks will be used as the main resources in writing each reflection essay; however, the student must also include at least 2 references from outside scholarly sources.

Journal Article Review


The student will create an outline for his/her Journal Article Review. The outline must include at least 2–3 sentences for each section of the paper.


The student will form a basic list of key textbooks and articles related to the review topic. The list must contain at least 5 references in current APA format and a 75-word annotation for each reference.


The student will write an 8–10-page review paper on a chosen article.This article must focus on a topic related to conditioning and recovery. The paper must reference the course textbooks and include at least 5–7 references from peer-reviewed, scholarly sources in current APA format.

Exams (2)

Each exam will cover the Reading & Study material for the assigned modules/weeks. Each exam will be open-book/open-notes; contain 50–60 multiple-choice, true/false, short answer, and essay questions; and have a 2-hour time limit.

Course Grading

Course Requirements Checklist


Discussion Board Forums


Thread (2 at 50 pts ea)


Replies (2 at 50 pts ea)


Article Reflection Essays (3 at 100 pts ea)


Journal Article Review








Exams (2 at 150 pts ea)






Late Assignment Policy

Course Assignments, including discussion boards, exams, and other graded assignments, should be submitted on time.

If the student is unable to complete an assignment on time, then he or she must contact the instructor immediately by email.

Assignments that are submitted after the due date without prior approval from the instructor will receive the following deductions:

  1. Late assignments submitted within one week after the due date will receive up to a 10% deduction.
  2. Assignments submitted more than one week and less than 2 weeks late will receive up to a 20% deduction.
  3. Assignments submitted two weeks late or after the final date of the course will not be accepted outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.
  4. Group projects, including group discussion board threads and/or replies, and assignments will not be accepted after the due date outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.

Disability Assistance

Students with a disability and those with medical conditions associated with pregnancy may contact Liberty University’s Online Office of Disability Accommodation Support (ODAS) at [email protected] for accommodations.  Such accommodations require appropriate documentation of your condition.   For more information about ODAS and the accommodations process, including how to request an accommodation, please visit Requests for accommodations not related to disabilities or pregnancy must be directed to the Registrar’s Office, which generally handles medical needs support.

If you have a complaint related to disability discrimination or an accommodation that was not provided, you may contact ODAS or the Office of Equity and Compliance by phone at (434) 592-4999 or by email at [email protected].  Click to see a full copy of Liberty’s Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Policy or the Student Disability Grievance Policy and Procedures.

Course Attendance

In an effort to comply with U.S. Department of Education policies, attendance is measured by physical class attendance or any submission of a required assignment within the enrollment dates of the course (such as examinations, written papers or projects, any discussion board posts, etc.) or initiating any communication with one’s professor regarding an academic subject. More information regarding the attendance policy can be found in the Academic Course Catalogs. Regular attendance in online courses is expected throughout the length of the term. Students who do not attend within the first week of a sub-term by submitting a required academic assignment (such as the Course Requirements Checklist, an examination, written paper or project, discussion board post, or other academic activity) will be dropped from the course. Students who wish to re-engage in the course are encouraged to contact Academic Advising to discuss their enrollment options. Students who begin an online course, but at some point in the semester cease attending, and do not provide official notification to withdraw, will be assigned a grade of “FN” (Failure for Non-Attendance). Students wishing to withdraw from courses after the official start date should familiarize themselves with the withdrawal policy.

Grading Scale

A- B+ B B- C+ C C- D+ D D- F
940-1010 920-939 900-919 860-899 840-859 820-839 780-819 760-779 740-759 700-739 680-699 679 and below

For courses with a Pass/NP final grade, please refer to the Course Grading section of this syllabus for the assignment requirements and/or point value required to earn a Passing final grade.

Add/Drop Policy

The full policy statement and procedures are published in the Policy Directory.

Honor Code

Liberty University comprises a network of students, Alumni, faculty, staff and supporters that together form a Christian community based upon the truth of the Bible. This truth defines our foundational principles, from our Doctrinal Statement to the Code of Honor. These principles irrevocably align Liberty University’s operational procedures with the long tradition of university culture, which remains distinctively Christian, designed to preserve and advance truth. Our desire is to create a safe, comfortable environment within our community of learning, and we extend our academic and spiritual resources to all of our students with the goal of fostering academic maturity, spiritual growth and character development.

Communities are predicated on shared values and goals. The Code of Honor, an expression of the values from which our Doctrinal Statement was born, defines the fundamental principles by which our community exists. At the core of this code lie two essential concepts: a belief in the significance of all individuals, and a reliance on the existence of objective truth.

While we acknowledge that some may disagree with various elements of the Code of Honor, we maintain the expectation that our students will commit to respect and uphold the Code while enrolled at Liberty University.

Adherence to the principles and concepts established within facilitates the success of our students and strengthens the Liberty community.

The Code of Honor can be viewed in its entirety at


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Textbooks:   Chandler & Brown, Conditioning for Strength and Human Performance (2013). Smith et al., MORR Performance Training Manual (2015).


Reading & Study




Chandler & Brown: chs. 1, 3, 6

Smith et al.: ch. 2

1 website

Course Requirements Checklist

Class Introductions

Article Reflection Essay 1





Chandler & Brown: chs. 14

Smith et al.: chs. 3–4

1 website

Article Reflection Essay 2



Chandler & Brown: ch. 10

Smith et al.: ch. 16

DB Forum 1 – Thread

Journal Article Review – Outline




Chandler & Brown: chs. 13

Smith et al.: ch. 12

DB Forum 1 – Replies

Exam 1




Chandler & Brown: ch. 9

Smith et al.: chs. 5–6, 8

1 website

Article Reflection Essay 3

Journal Article Review – Bibliography




Chandler & Brown: chs. 15, 16

Smith et al.: ch. 11

DB Forum 2 – Thread



Chandler & Brown: chs. 15, 16

Smith et al.: ch. 11

DB Forum 2 – Replies

Journal Article Review – Paper




Chandler & Brown: ch. 17

Smith et al.: chs. 9–10

Exam 2




DB = Discussion Board

NOTE:  Each course module/week begins on Monday morning at 12:00 a.m. (ET) and ends on Sunday night at 11:59 p.m. (ET). The final module/week ends at 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Friday.