Undergraduate Course: Applying Sport Science 3 (SPRT10037)
|School||Moray House School of Education
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course is designed to develop the ability of students to understand the essential factors that need to be taken into consideration in providing sport science support. It emphasises the way in which scientific knowledge needs to be applied to be suitable to a performer's needs and their situation whilst at the same time conforming to the ethical standards and expected professional practice advocated by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences. Students will be required to collect information relevant to an individual sport performer and complete the initial phases of task analysis and basic individual needs assessment that precedes any systematic, rigorous sport science intervention. They will be encouraged to take a broad perspective encompassing all of the sports science disciplines that they have studied and utilise any basic assessment techniques that they have been introduced to in the programme up to this point.
Lectures and workshops for this course are being delivered by a number of our institute staff, as well as by various external speakers who currently work in sport science support of competitive athletes. Indicative topics that are being covered in this course are as follows:
- Conducting applied Sport Science in a Sport Setting- Needs Analysis
- Biomechanics of Sports Performance
- Sports Physiology
- Strength & Conditioning for athletes
- Sport Psychology: Pre-Performance Routines
- Sport Psychology: Enhancing Injury Recovery
- Talent Identification and Skill Development
- Applied sport science support in football
- Applied sport science support of elite athletes in various sports
This course is based on an interdisciplinary approach to sport and exercise science.
Interdisciplinary sport and exercise science involves seeking to contribute to the body of knowledge or solve a real-world problem in sport or physical activity using two or more sport science disciplines in an integrated fashion from the outset (BASES definition). The disciplines being combined can include physiology, biomechanics, psychology and skill acquisition.
This course is designed to develop the ability of students to understand the essential factors that need to be taken into consideration in providing sport science support. It emphasises the way in which scientific knowledge needs to be applied to be suitable to a performers needs and their situation whilst at the same time conforming to the ethical standards and expected professional practice advocated by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES).The teaching will include sessions by external professionals working in elite sport along with sport science academic staff.
Students will be required to collect information relevant to an individual sport performer and complete the initial phases of task analysis and basic individual needs assessment that precedes any systematic, rigorous sport science intervention. Students will be assessed on their ability to take a broad perspective encompassing all of the sports science disciplines that they have studied and utilise any basic assessment techniques that they have been introduced to in the programme up to this point.
This teaching and learning is research-led. Members of academic staff the Institute for Sport, Physical Education and Health Science (ISPEHS) who contribute to this course are all members of one or more of the following research groups hosted by ISPEHS: (1) Physical Activity for Health Research Centre (PAHRC), (2) Edinburgh Sports Research, (3) Human Performance and Aquatics and (4) Physical Education Research Forum (PERF).
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
|Additional Costs|| None.
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On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Improve critical understanding on the ways in which biomechanical, physiological and psychological factors may affect and/or limit performance in a selected sport.
- Critically identify relevant practical and professional factors that would determine the nature and format of providing multi-disciplinary sport science support to performers.
- Demonstrate autonomy and initiative in carrying out initial phases of assessment of a sport science support programme for a single athlete, both individually as well as by being a member of a multi-disciplinary sport science support team.
- Use a range of data collection and analysis skills to execute components of the sport science support process and produce a coach- and athlete-focused report.
- Demonstrate critical application of discipline-specific knowledge in proposing an appropriate intervention for your athlete, identifying appropriate measures and proceses to assess and quantify improvement
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||This course addresses all of the graduate attributes developed on the BSc Applied Sport Science degree
RESEARCH AND ENQUIRY
(1) Understand the philosophy of scientific methods of enquiry in order to critically evaluate evidence and analyse research literature.
(2) Search for, access, critically analyse, evaluate and synthesize information from literature in order to answer research questions in sport and exercise sciences.
(3) Plan and execute research projects, involving data collection and analysis, which answer research questions in sport and exercise sciences.
(4) Interpret data collected or reported in sport, physical activity and exercise studies
(5) Synthesize knowledge from various disciplines so as to understand the multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary nature of sport and exercise sciences.
(6) Develop logical arguments surrounding issues within sport science, physical activity and exercise
PERSONAL AND INTELLECTUAL AUTONOMY
(7) Be independent learners who can take responsibility for their own learning
(8) Be able to respond to unfamiliar problems by extrapolating their existing knowledge and understanding
(9) Be able to communicate clearly using oral and written methods, including posters, presentations, essays, web pages, in order to critique, negotiate, create or communicate understanding
(10) Be able to use communication as a means for collaborating with and relating to others including staff, other students and research participants.
(11) Be able to engage in critical discussion demonstrating listening skills, effective use of evidence and their own experiences to articulate points and defend their own assertions
(12) Be able to initiate communication with non-university agencies connected to sport and exercise
(13) Be able to plan and execute substantive research projects in sport and exercise sciences (including but not limited to the dissertation and mini-project)
(14) Have developed their organisational, time management and decision-making skills
(15) Be able to work effectively in a team; overcoming and discussing problems and recognising the diversity of contributions different individuals can make to collaborative work
(16) Be able to transfer knowledge and ideas between different contexts within sport, exercise and health
(17) Be able to engage effectively with outside agencies to foster or develop research, consultancy or support initiatives
(18) Be able to use the test, measurement and analysis tools appropriate to sport, physical activity and exercise, including for example laboratory or field tests.
(19) Be able to design, deliver and analyse the effects of training interventions in sport, physical activity and exercise
(20) Be able to select and apply the appropriate statistical procedures to analyse empirical data
(21) Be able to present data and report research findings according to standard scientific conventions
|Additional Class Delivery Information
||A weekly slot of up to 4 hours, often divided into a lecture and a practical/seminar session.
|Keywords||sport science applied interdisciplinary
|Course organiser||Dr Stelios Psycharakis
Tel: (0131 6)51 6587
|Course secretary||Miss Lorraine Nolan
Tel: (0131 6)51 6571