Sports, Exercise and Health Science
The attainment of excellence in Sport is the result of innate ability or skill and the dedicated pursuit of a programme of physical and mental training, accompanied by appropriate nutrition. Training programme design should not be left to chance. Rather, it should be designed thoughtfully and analytically after careful consideration of the physiological, biomechanical and psychological demands of the activity. This is the role of the Sports and Exercise Scientist who, regardless of the athletic event, should be equipped with the necessary knowledge to be able to perform this task competently. Furthermore, in a world where many millions of people are physically inactive and afflicted by chronic disease and ill health, the Sports and Exercise Scientist should be equally proficient when prescribing exercise for the promotion of health and well-being.
The Sports, Exercise and Health Science (SEHS) course incorporates the traditional disciplines of anatomy and physiology, biomechanics, psychology and nutrition, which are studied in the context of sports, exercise and health. Students will cover a range of core and option topics, and carry out practical (experimental) investigations in both laboratory and field settings. This will provide an opportunity to acquire the knowledge and understanding necessary to apply scientific principles and critically analyse human performance. Students will be involved in a number of different practical applications, such as researching, implementing experiments, collecting data and analysing results in order to fully support the theory. The course is challenging yet rewarding and enables students to enhance their understanding of sports performance. SEHS will be available for teaching at both Standard Level and Higher Level from September 2016.
Apart from being worthy of study in its own right, SEHS is a good preparation for courses in higher or further education related to sports fitness and health and serves as useful preparation for employment in sports and leisure industries.
SEHS is an experimental science that combines academic study with the acquisition of practical and investigative skills. The course goes beyond the traditional science subjects to offer a deeper understanding of the issues related to sports, exercise and health in the 21st Century. This course offers students the opportunity to study the fundamentals of Sports, Exercise and Health Science, using principals from Biology, Chemistry and Physics and applying them to the human body. A number of areas are covered throughout the course, such as how the brain is responsible for muscle contraction, how muscle develops and degenerates and the psychology of sports performance.
Students will learn what makes athletes run faster, throw further, or jump higher and how best to prepare before and recover afterwards. The course accommodates students who wish to study SEHS as their major subject in higher education and those who do not. Students of both the Standard Level and the Higher Level course will study the six core modules, supplemented by the study of two option modules. Higher Level students will then complete a further seven smaller extension modules, as well as completing further study in each of the option modules covered.