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502: Cardio-Vascular Performance and Neuro-integration – Denmark/Sweden

April 12 @ 9:00 AM - April 14 @ 9:00 AM EDT



Dr. Kenneth Jay
Dr. Mike Nelson
Dr. Freddys Garcia
Dr. Matthew Antonucci
& contributions from Professor Frederick Carrick

Cardio training. One of the most misunderstood aspects of human performance enhancement.  Is running the best cardio training?  Maybe its 200 burpees in 20 minutes?  Why did you train all that cardio and still gas out when it came down to pull away from the pack?

You have questions.. we have the answers. Learn the most modern and effective methods to assess and train the cardiovascular and pulmonary systems! Learn all the CVP physiology and the tricks and tools to take the breaks of your performance.  Learn how the neurology integrates into your cardiovascular output so you can manipulate the interplay between brain and endurance. No fluff, no guessing, just the in the trenches tools you need.

They are going to watch your athletes cross the finish line and wonder what happened… Tell them next year. For now, enjoy your victory lap.

This course comprises of 2 parts, an online flipped classroom and live training component.
In this 45-hour flipped classroom and 25-hour live training module the following topics are covered:

Flipped classroom

  • The structure and function of the pulmonary system
  • Gas exchange and transport
  • Regulation of pulmonary ventilation
  • Acid-base regulation
  • The structure and function of the cardiovascular system
  • At altitude
  • Training the cardiovascular system
  • Thermoregulation and acclimatization


Live training

  • The purpose of the cardiovascular system – Learn what the heart does, how it adapts and how training it benefits your overall health, your brain and supercharges your muscles to do more work.
  • Heart morphology and the athlete’s heart – The heart changes with exercise. Make sure the change you are getting is the change you want.
  • What is cardio really? – Learn the difference between lifting weights and rowing a 2k. They both make you breathe hard but they provide very different stimuli. Learn to do it right and you will crush any obstacle with a heart of elastic steel.
  • Oxygen uptake and the gold standard of cardiovascular health – Learn what the maximal oxygen uptake (VO2max) is and how you can use it to make better training decisions.
  • Aerobic and anaerobic training and testing – What gets measured, gets improved. Learn how to test and interpret the results for continuous progress!
  • Running, rowing, cycling, cross-country skiing – Learn the differences and commonalities between the classic cardio exercises. 
  • Cardiovascular training and the effect on the brain – Learn techniques to improve other aspects of your physiology through cardio training.
  • Calculating energy expenditure and the 1200Cal/hr workout –  Learn to cut through the BS with a proper understanding of energy expenditure when someone claims  that  they burned 1200 calories in an hour of (insert any activity here)
  • Efficiency and the functional threshold – Learn to train at the functional threshold to develop the stamina of a racehorse. More is not always better!
  • Cardiovascular assessments – Learn to evaluate your client’s cardiovascular system for continuous health and progress.
  • Monitoring the training effect – Learn to track the training effect and when to make adjustments in the training plan.
  • Breathing for stamina – Learn to take advantage of the neurology of breathing to overcome barriers in stamina.
  • Fatigue, tolerance and recovery ability – Learn to manage fatigue, increase your tolerance and boost your recovery with the proper ratios of different training stimuli.
  • Limiting factors of cardiovascular adaptations – Know the limitations of the human body to manipulate them in your favor. Proper recovery tactics and fatigue management are key!
  • Cardio Zen: a key component of endurance – Learn to get in “the zone” for cardio.. on command!
  • Designing effective cardiovascular training programs – Proper planning and execution secures victory. Learn the most robust scientific methods for designing cardiovascular training programs, a necessary part of a complete athlete!


Pre-reading list:

The following three textbooks are fundamental for the Carrick Institute Human Performance program as they cover the basics of human physiology.

McArdle WD, Katch FI, Katch VL. Exercise Physiology: Nutrition, Energy, and Human Performance 8th edition. Wolters Kluver 2014

  • This textbook provides a comprehensive view of the systems in the body during exercise. All topics from module 2, 3, and 4 are covered in this textbook.

Bear MF, Conners B, Paradiso M. Neuroscience – Exploring the Brain 4th edition. Wolters Kluwer 2016

  • This textbook provides a comprehensive description of the structure and function of the brain and nervous system. All topics from module 5 are covered in this textbook.

Enoka RM. Neuromechanics of Human Movement 5th edition. Human Kinetics 2015.

  • Building on the fundamentals, this textbook provides an in-depth look at neural and biomechanical control of human movement. It is a great addition to the works of McArdle, Katch and Katch, and Bear, Conners and Paradiso.

Note: For each flipped classroom lesson, there will be select research papers included for discussion or as supplemental material.

Continuing Education (CE) Information:

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Chiropractic – Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Indiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, Oregon, Tennessee, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming

NSCA: 2.0 CEUs in Category A.

PTA Global: 24.0 CECs for the whole program

ECU CPD Approval: 25 hours


If you are in need of continuing education hours for a different profession and/or states not listed above, please fill out a CE request with the link below.   Applications must be received 90 days in advance to assist with state board deadlines. 

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If you are in need of continuing education hours for one of the states above OR a state not listed, please fill out a CE request with the link below. Applications must be received 90 days in advance to assist with state board deadlines.
Course Information:
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Participants must sign in at the beginning of class, and out at the end of class daily to receive course credit. All modules are monitored by an assigned class registrar. If a scholar is not present, the registrar will note this information on the class roster. If you do not check in and out daily, you will not receive credit for your attendance.If at any time you have questions, please email admissions@carrickinstitute.com.
Prerequisites & Education Tracks :
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There are no prerequisites for this module.
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The next module in this series would be:

503: Metabolism and Neuro-nutritional Strategies 

We encourage current students to speak with an academic advisor to select courses, inquire about tracks, receive support, and stay on track during your postgraduate education in neurology.

Set up an appointment to speak with a faculty advisor here: https://www.scheduleyou.in/mJu3AI


April 12, Friday 9:00am – 6:00pm
April 13, Saturday 9:00am – 6:00pm
April 14, Sunday 9:00am – 3:00pm


Ängelholmsvägen 27
254 53 Helsingborg


April 12 @ 9:00 AM
April 14 @ 9:00 AM
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Denmark/Sweden – FNF Athletic Center
27 Ängelholmsvägen
Helsingborg, 254 53 Sweden
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