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

Final Year, Component 02

Option(s) from list
Applied Sports Psychology

This module will develop your skills to perform a thorough needs analysis of sports, individuals, and/or teams, investigate psychological strategies that are used to enhance performance, and examine how to develop interventions based on the current research literature. You will also explore the role of technology to enhance the delivery of sport psychology services. The module builds on Year 1 and 2 Sport and Performance Psychology modules and will focus on the application of scientific principles to enhance athletic performance.

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).

Sports Analytics

This module examines the application of analytics within applied sport environments, to facilitate data-informed decision-making within the coaching process and beyond (e.g. performance anlaysis, talent development and identification, sports medicine). You will be introduced to a range of statistical modelling and machine learning techniques which are prevalent in applied sport environments. Furthermore, you will gain experience analysing real datasets from different sports.

Contemporary Issues and Perspectives in the Sport Pedagogy Landscape

This module 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 Development in Sport

The module aims to examine the process of identifying and developing talent in sport, as well as contemporary approaches to recruitment. In the first term, you are offered a series of lectures and practicals examining the literature and topical issues in talent development. In the second half of the module, you utilise this underpinning knowledge in a more applied context for talent identification. Employing contemporary recruitment techniques, you have the opportunity to develop your ability to collect, analyse, and visualise technical and tactical performance to produce a scout report of a player/athlete from your sport of choice.

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