MA Public Opinion and Political Behaviour
BSc Sports and Exercise Science options

Final Year, Component 02

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Sports Injuries and Exercise Rehabilitation

What are the major causes of sports injuries, and what are the best methods for treatment and prevention? Identify the causes, signs and symptoms of sport-specific injuries. Discover the anatomical and physiology mechanisms that underlie injuries and discuss the mechanisms that allow recovery. You also gain practical skills, learning to design and evaluate an exercise rehabilitation plan – considering the various phases of exercise rehabilitation.

Applied Temporal Sport and Exercise Science

Investigate the effects of extreme conditions on the human body. You explore physiological responses to altitude and acceleration, spaceflight and microgravity, intense gaseous and marine pressures, extremes of hot and cold. You also gain understanding of the effects of starvation, dehydration and air pollution on human survival and performance.

Movement Analysis

This module will focus on gait analysis. This module covers what is ‘normal’ gait and this provides the underpinning for when we move onto pathological gait. You will study gait using kinematics and kinetics and we will spend our time interpreting what the data mean. To aid this you will take part in 2 labs -  one using the force plate and one using the 3D motion capture system. The data from these will be used in assignments.  

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.

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.

Environments Shape Physical Activity: Translating Research into Practice

Drawing from several disciplines this module will consider topical issues relating to the effectiveness of physical activity interventions across the life course on a range of health and wellbeing outcomes. It will explore how evidence-based physical activity initiatives and interventions in different environments and settings shape behaviour. There is a growing demand for practitioners to critically evaluate the current evidence-base and gain an understanding of how this knowledge can be translated to inform their applied professional practice. The module will afford opportunities to engage with cutting edge research and develop transferable communication skills in translating research findings into executive summaries that can be used and understood by a range of audiences.

Physical Activity, Nutrition and Cardio-Metabolic Disease

The incidence of obesity and associated conditions such as cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes is rising. Students will critically examine the current evidence for physical activity and dietary approaches being effective in the management of cardio-metabolic disease. There will also be opportunities to formulate physical activity and nutritional programmes based on case study information, and to practice supporting patients (role play) to make appropriate lifestyle changes. This module will be of interest to students who wish to pursue a career in public health or the fitness or personal training industry, and those who wish to undertake postgraduate study or research in the field of exercise, nutrition and health.

Exercise Prescription

This module will provide you with both theoretical and practical knowledge, enabling you to comprehend the intricacies of specific neuromuscular, musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, and respiratory conditions. Emphasis is placed on equipping you with the practical skills necessary to evaluate and prescribe appropriate exercises for your final stages of rehabilitation, restoration of health, and/or return to sport.

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