Monthly Archives: November 2015

Video: Champions talk – what makes a champion?

In the video below top athletes including Ronnie O’Sullivan, AP McCoy and Dame Sarah Storey talk about the discipline, temperament and focus it takes to become a champion.

Note: This video is also available in the OpenLearn Chasing Perfection video collection

New module: Exploring contemporary issues in sport and exercise

We are pleased to announce that we will be adding a new module to our BSc (Hons) Sport, Fitness and Coaching degree in October 2016. The new module (E314) is titled Exploring contemporary issues in sport and exercise and will be the final module in the degree, replacing the option modules currently available. The module has been developed in response to feedback indicating that students were dissatisfied with the non-sport and fitness related option modules.

In this engaging module you will explore the research behind a range of contemporary sport and exercise issues.  Through critical analysis of the interaction between academic and media sources you will investigate fascinating questions within topics such as nutrition, gender, recovery and children.  You will also undertake a detailed investigation on one contemporary issue that you will select from a range of options. These options include: genetic testing, concussion, high-intensity interval training, sleep, wearable technology, sports drinks, body image, ethnicity and homophobia.

The module features a broad range of AV material to support learning, including several clips from the OU co-produced television programme Chasing Perfection which recently aired on Channel 4 (see trailer below).

Over the next few months we will be posting taster articles related to E314 on this blog, so make sure you follow us on Twitter for updates. We have already posted a few which are available in the E314 archives.

Inspiring Women @ FELS: Lessons from sport psychology

Below is a copy of the PowerPoint slides used by Caroline Heaney in the ‘Lessons from sport psychology: How to be confident and achieve your goals!’ segment of the Inspiring Women @ FELS session held on Tuesday 24th November 2015.

CH Inspiring Women in FELS Session

The performance profiling and confidence building activity sheet below may also be useful to those who attended the session.

Confidence Building Tips

I hope you enjoyed the session. Please free to leave any feedback comments below.


Why watch Chasing Perfection?

In a previous blog post we told you about an exciting new TV programme, Chasing Perfection, co-produced by The Open University and presented by Michael Johnson. In the video below, Ben Oakley, one of the academic consultants on the programme, tells us a little more about Chasing Perfection and how it links to a new module (E314 Exploring contemporary issues in sport and exercise) we are developing for our BSc (Hons) Sport, Fitness and Coaching qualification.

Chasing Perfection will be screened on Channel 4 on Sunday 15th November and Sunday 22nd November 2015 at 7.05am. It will also be available to watch on demand on All 4.

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Chasing Perfection

This weekend sees the start of a fascinating new TV programme co-produced by The Open University and presented by multiple Olympic Champion and 400m world record holder Michael Johnson. The programme, called Chasing Perfection, looks at the science behind sporting success. Two members of the sport and fitness team, Ben Oakley and Candice Lingam-Willgoss, were academic consultants on the programme.

The first episode will be screened on Sunday 15th November 2015 at 7.05am on Channel 4. That’s pretty early for a Sunday so make sure you get up early or record it! It will also be available to watch on demand on All 4. Here’s a little sneak preview to keep you going until Sunday…


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