You are introduced to the three key academic disciplines that make up sport sciences – physiology, psychology and biomechanics – and you develop a range of skills for studying sport and exercise. Modules include:
- Introduction to Physiology and Fitness Assessment
- Biomechanical Analysis of Movement
- Introduction to Sport and Exercise Psychology.
Modules are available in:
- Applied Sport and Exercise Physiology
- Psychology of Peak Performance
- Applied Biomechanics.
The choice of modules on offer enables you to tailor your programme to your specific interests. In addition, there is an opportunity to carry out an independent research dissertation in an area that interests you. Modules include:
- Training Programme
- Advanced Topics in Psychology
- Biomechanics: Performance and Injury.
We draw on innovative approaches to learning and teaching to give students the best possible experience of study. Practical laboratory work helps students to reinforce the theory learnt in lectures. For example, in biomechanics, a practical involving students altering the position of their arms and legs while being spun on a frictionless turntable helps explain the theory of conservation of momentum and the relationship between moment of inertia and angular velocity.
Innovative approaches to assignments within sport sciences include a poster presentation for Nutritional and Environmental Influences on Performance with criteria based on the BASES conference guidelines and a website designed to give nutritional advice to a specific group of people. Previous topics have included:
- the role of protein in the diet of novice weightlifters
- calcium and iron deficiencies in female gymnasts
- nutritional recovery strategies for exhaustive endurance exercise.
First Year Recommended Reading
- Hall, S. J. (2006)Basic Biomechanics, 5th edition, London: McGraw-Hill HE
- McArdle, W. D., F. I. Katch & V. L. Katch (2006) Exercise Physiology – Energy, Nutrition and Human Performance, 6th edition, Philadelphia: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins
- Weinberg, R. S. & D. Gould (2011) Foundations of Sport and Exercise Psychology (5th edition). Champaign, Il: Human Kinetics
- Wilmore and Costill (2007) Physiology of Sport and Exercise, Illinois: Human Kinetics