What you will study
The module comprises six study topics:
Nutritional recommendations for performance and health: reviewing current debates This study topic will explore the evidence and arguments relating to two contrasting approaches in sport and exercise nutrition – high fat diets and high carbohydrate diets. A nutrition ‘primer’ is given to those new to this subject.
Inequality in sport: what’s gender got to do with it? The aim of this study topic is to consider the arguments and power relations that exist in society that marginalise groups who experience various forms of discrimination and attempt to carve out spaces of recognition from a dominant group. This study topic will explore what role gender plays in the manifestation of inequalities that exist in sport.
In this study topic you have the choice to investigate either:
Option A: Recovery strategies in sport and exercise. You will investigate the evidence behind a range of commonly recovery strategies in sport and exercise including ice baths, compression garments and massage.
Option B: Is there a place for early specialisation in some sports? This option will be of general interest but especially if you are working as a youth coach or in a school and explores the debate surrounding early specialisation in one sport as healthy way of progressing in sport.
Choosing your topic and starting your enquiry – After the first three study topics you will begin working on your own independent investigation of a specific contemporary issue chosen from one of the option areas below. This study topic introduces you to these subjects and helps you to respond to an intriguing question using academic and media sources.
- Genetic testing
- Wearable technology
- Body Image
- High Intensity Interval Training
Preparing for Presentation This study topic will help you develop your presentation skills in preparation for a one-to-one presentation with you tutor. The skills you learn will also be useful in a wide range of professional roles in sport and fitness.
Refining and Shaping your enquiry This final study topic is designed to help you through the process of completing your independent investigation of your chosen area, which you will submit as your end of module assessment. Whilst this largely involves independent study, you will be supported by activities to keep you on track and online tutorials from subject specialists.
The content of this module will help build your knowledge of contemporary issues in sport and exercise that are relevant to practitioners in the field, and will help you to develop your critical analysis skills.