MA Public Opinion and Political Behaviour
BSc Sports Performance and Coaching options

Final Year, Component 04

SE307-6-AP or SE333-6-AP or SE334-6-AP
Strength and Conditioning

The role of a strength and conditioning coach is to use exercise prescription specifically to improve performance in athletic competition. They also help athletes with injury prevention and proper mechanics within their sports performances. Strength and Conditioning encompasses the entire physical development of the athlete in terms of what is needed to improve performance. This includes plyometrics, speed and agility, endurance and core stability with strength training being just one piece of the jigsaw. You will learn to design and deliver strength and conditioning programming in conjunction with sports medicine support. You will also learn the fundamental practical techniques that will aid you in the attainment of the United Kingdom Strength and Conditioning Association Qualification (UKSCA).

Applying Pedagogical Principles in Sport Coaching

This module is an essential component of the MSc in Sport and Exercise Psychology and examines key topics in Social Psychological relating to the context of sport and exercise. In addition to providing a theoretical underpinning to the psycho-social processes relevant to sport and exercise, the module places a focus on developing critical thinking and discussion skills. Assessments are based on typical tasks you would be expected to undertake in either research or practice environments, with support provided to help bring you up to speed.

Talent Identification and Recruitment in Sport

The module aims to examine the process of identifying and developing talent in sport, as well as contemporary approaches to recruitment. Adopting a hybrid approach, students are offered a series of seminars and practicals examining key theories and topical issues in talent identification and development, such as bio-banding, perceptual errors, and the relative age effect. This knowledge is then used in a more applied context, employing contemporary recruitment techniques and software. From this, the module affords students the opportunity to develop their ability to collect, analyse, and visualise data to produce technical and physical reports on performance. In addition, students will be expected to demonstrate self-directed learning by analysing individual and team performance (live and recorded) across multiple time points over the module.

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