Body Balance Biology

Secondary ProgramsOnsite

Our body is constantly maintaining balance between our internal and external environments.

Research has shown that elite endurance athletes have problems regulating their internal body temperatures.

It has been shown that the cause of this fault is a poor functioning thyroid gland resulting in lower amounts of thyroxine.

In this program students will perform tests to diagnose an elite athlete with hypothyroidism. They will first establish a normal functioning negative feedback loop for temperature regulation and then determine what factor does not work in the effected athlete. Students will then debate if the treatment for the condition is performance enhancing.

Program suitability

VCE Biology Unit 1-2

Program duration

2 Hours

Class size

12 - 28
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