The science behind sport and physical activity is becoming increasingly important, and it’s not just for professional athletes.
As our lifestyles become more sedentary, more people than ever are being encouraged to start running, join a local sports club, or go to the gym after work. For some people this leads to more interest in improving their personal records, such as running a half marathon a little faster, or increasing the number of reps they can do. Sports scientists help people improve their fitness and reach their goals safely, based on a solid foundation of scientific research and evidence.
But the number of people taking part in sport and exercise also increases the risk of injuries. There is growing demand for sports therapists to help those injured get back to their previous fitness. Likewise the importance of physiotherapy for recovery from a range of medical conditions means that more people are becoming aware of the key role they play in physical rehabilitation.
In our School we believe that these fields work in tandem. We’re here to ensure that you will have the skills and knowledge to get the best out of athletes, sports people, and those rehabilitating after injury or illness.
Whether you’re interested in the science behind sports and exercise, or keen to help people recover from injury, our undergraduate degrees will set you up for a rewarding career in your field of interest.
Research-guided teaching, studying abroad in Australia, and the application of knowledge within the Human Performance Unit. These are some examples of the multitude of experiences that have facilitated my learning and academic development as an undergraduate student. It has been a tremendous experience to be in a department dedicated to helping each and every student achieve an excellent degree, with broad employment and further study prospects.
The course really demonstrated to me the importance that science has on sporting performance. The combination of classroom teaching with practical laboratory sessions was essential, as it allows you to become active with the learning and how the objectives apply to athletic situations.
If you apply for a Sports-related degree programme at Essex (Sports and Exercise Science; Sports Performance and Coaching; Sports Therapy), you may get invited to interview.
This provides you with an opportunity to visit the University, have a tour of the campus and our School, receive more information about the degrees, and talk to both staff and students. The interview itself allows you to ask questions as well, so you can be confident that Essex is the right university for you.
We look forward to welcoming you to our School so that we can share our passion for Sport, Exercise and Health.