Sport and conditioning science into practice
This module is aimed at sports coaches, exercise professionals and sports enthusiasts wanting to develop their scientific knowledge and observational skills in sport and exercise. By investigating and applying aspects of sports science, including physiology, movement analysis, training methods and conditioning theory you will enhance your understanding of human movement and performance. Throughout the module, you will be considering work-related perspectives so you come back to the principle of applying theory to practice. Some optional choices will allow you to explore areas of interest in greater depth.
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 is an OU level 2 module and you need to have a good knowledge of the subject area, obtained either through OU level 1 study or by doing equivalent work at another university.
If you are working towards a Sport and Fitness qualification we recommend that you have first studied the OU level 1 modules Introduction to sport, fitness and management (E112) (now discontinued) and Working and learning in sport and fitness (E113).
If you have any doubt about the suitability of the module, please speak to an adviser.
A study guide, module reader, two text books, online audio-visual material and website.
A computing device with a browser and broadband internet access is required for this module. Any modern browser will be suitable for most computer activities. Functionality may be limited on mobile devices.
Any additional software will be provided, or is generally freely available. However, some activities may have more specific requirements. For this reason, you will need to be able to install and run additional software on a device that meets the requirements below.
A desktop or laptop computer with either:
- Windows 7 or higher
- macOS 10.7 or higher
The screen of the device must have a resolution of at least 1024 pixels horizontally and 768 pixels vertically.
To participate in our online-discussion area you will need both a microphone and speakers/headphones.
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