What you will study
This module is based on studying elements of sport and exercise science and applying them to the practices of coaching and exercise instruction. Within each study theme you will have the opportunity to apply the knowledge gained to your work role or interests for some of the assessments.
In the first part of the module there are five main study themes:
The body in sport and exercise; a systems approach – investigates four of the main systems that influence human performance (skeletal, muscular, cardio-respiratory and nervous systems).
Making sense of movement – considers the analysis of movement in sport and exercise and how biomechanical principles can help us to understand movement and inform training practice.
Exploring core stability, strength and conditioning – considers the methods by which effective training programmes are designed to meet complex individual needs with a theory into practice focus.
Working with special population groups – examines selected medical conditions or life stages (e.g. children, older adults), their effect on the anatomy and physiology of the individual and the implications they have for sport and exercise participation. There is an element of study choice in this theme.
Your personal investigation – you will undertake a personal investigation in a field of interest to you. This will include a search for relevant literature and, with carefully structured tasks and the support of your tutor, you’ll independently prepare a summary of the literature in your chosen field.
All the above study themes will be supported by a printed and online study guide, two text books and a module reader. The module also makes full use of a website where you will be able to access electronic materials and keep in touch with fellow students.
This module is aimed at sports coaches or exercise professionals wanting to develop their underpinning knowledge and skills in the subject area. It is the first Stage 2 module in the three qualifications in sport and fitness.
By using work-related learning on this module the general insights into science and theory, greater self-awareness and communication skills will improve your employability.