Overview As you have learned in this module, the kidneys serve important physiological functions, such as maintaining fluid, electrolyte, and acid-base balance, metabolism of macromolecules, secretion of hormones, and excretion of waste products from metabolism. In this assignment, you will examine the metabolic role of the kidneys during exercise and how metabolic imbalances and renal failure can impact athletic performance. Instructions Pick either an endurance or power/explosive sport. Prepare a written paper of at least 1000 words answering the following bullet points: Discuss homeostatic mechanisms that ensure optimal athletic performance. Think about electrolytic, acid-base, and fluid balance. Include hormones and their mechanisms of action. Discuss physiological consequences of renal failure in these three processes. How do metabolic imbalances impact athletic performance? Your paper should be formatted as a proper research paper with an introduction and conclusion. Do not simply follow the bullet points above, but really think about what you have learned and how that relates to other material we have covered, and knowledge you have from other courses you may have taken. The Research and Report assignments in this course are capstone assignments for each module. You should be integrating everything that you learned in the textbook, explorations, discussions, and lab activities into your papers. All references must be cited using APA Style format. Please refer to the CCCOnline APA Citation Toolkit. Remember, you can use the library research guides posted for you in the Grading and Evaluation section of the Syllabus module. Use what you have learned from this module to complete the assignment. In some cases, you may need to conduct additional research. See the Grading and Evaluation section in the Syllabus module for links to research databases in the CCCOnline Library.