Sports Science Support: Issues and Practices
The desire to improve performance has led to a global awareness of the benefits of scientific support in achieving athletic prowess. Enhancing sports performance is a combined effort between athlete, coach and support services, such as sports scientists. Sports scientists assist the coach and athlete alike to increase knowledge of the workings and capacities of the human body. It is the aim of this module to develop those skills necessary for operation within the sports science support role. The key element of support is through the use of physiological testing and feedback. Students will engage in practical assessment of performance, feedback to groups and the vital underpinning service standards necessary for such operation.
Sport And Exercise Nutrition
To develop your understanding of the importance to sports performance of optimum nutrition. To introduce ideas on methods for nutritional and activity assessment, requirements for energy and nutrients in relation to exercise, and the ways in which the diet can be manipulated and supplemented to enhance performance and recovery. You will be able to apply this knowledge to specific case studies. Specific skill objectives are to develop your competence in communication, numeracy, use of IT, working in groups and application of knowledge, analysis and evaluation.
This module aims to provide students with and gain credit for experiential learning opportunities within the sports and leisure industry. To provide students with the opportunity to undertake personal self-development and the acquisition of key skills within the workplace environment. To provide a setting where theory and practice can be integrated within the context of the sport and leisure industry. To provide an environment where students are required to evaluate contemporary issues within the sport and leisure industry.
Applied Physiology and Scientific Enquiry
The aim of this module is to provide students with the skills necessary to carry out data collection and analysis of data, and to enable them to interpret critically the research findings within an applied sport and exercise physiology framework. Students will develop understanding of cardiovascular, respiratory and muscular physiology and how these systems interact both acutely and chronically in response to exercise stimuli. Students will develop their ability to conduct experiments and to undertake physiological measurement using a range of laboratory equipment, whilst also developing a range of data analysis skills.
Analysing and Improving Performance
To provide a framework where sports coaches can apply the coaching process and develop techniques to evaluate sports performance, particularly technical and tactical analysis. This will include a review of pertinent scientific elements of training/performance.
Health, Exercise and Wellness
This module will provide a knowledge and understanding of the term physical activity in the lifestyle context and attendant issue relating to lifestyle and wellness. The term Active Living refers to the need for physical activity (PA) to be used as a non-pharmacological intervention in reducing mortality and morbidity. Given recent attention to the need for humans to be physically active, and that an inverse relationship exists between PA participation and premature mortality, it is important for students to appreciate the context of PA. In addition, the prescription of PA should be understood in relation to a variety of practically orientated contexts.