02 August, 2023 | Posted by Jenny Smith

What Do You Learn from a Sport and Exercise Science Degree?

A degree in sports science, such as Portobello Institute’s BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science accredited by Liverpool John Moore’s University (LJMU), covers a wide range of topics to provide a comprehensive understanding of how science is applied in sports and exercise contexts.  

Here's a look at some of the key subjects you're likely to explore during a sport and exercise science degree program. 

  • Physiological Response to Exercise - Delve into how the body responds to exercise on both a short-term and long-term basis. Topics could include energy metabolism, muscular strength, endurance, and the physiological adaptations that occur with training. 
  • Foundations of Psychology - Examine the psychological factors that influence sports performance and participation. Subjects include motivation, anxiety, self-confidence, concentration, and how to use psychological strategies to enhance performance and well-being. 
  • Foundations of Biomechanics - Understand the principles of mechanics as they apply to human movement. You'll study the forces that act on the body and the effects they produce, providing valuable insight into athletic performance and injury prevention. 
  • Research and Evidence for Practice - Explore data, approaches to collecting data and the issues surrounding validity, reliability and trustworthiness of data. 
  • Psychology and Development Issues in Sport - Focus on the psychological aspects of sport participation and performance, especially as they pertain to various stages of human development. This could involve understanding how psychological factors influence the performance, participation, and personal growth of athletes from childhood through adulthood. 
  • Physical Activity for Health Promotion - explore the role of physical activity and exercise in promoting health and preventing diseases. 
  • Applied Sport & Exercise Principles – Gain a comprehensive understanding of the principles of sports and exercise science and how they can be practically applied to improve performance and enhance health and fitness.
  • Biomechanical Principles – Learn basic mechanics, kinematics, kinetics, movement analysis and musculoskeletal biomechanics.
  • Physical Activity & Health Principles – Gain a comprehensive knowledge on understanding physical activity, Physical Activity Epidemiology, physical activity interventions, physical activity policy and environment.
  • Physical Activity & Health Interventions - Explore various strategies and programs aimed at promoting physical activity and improving health outcomes.
  • Cardiovascular and Environmental Physiology - Delve into a deeper understanding of how the cardiovascular system responds to exercise and how various environmental factors can impact this response.

A sport and exercise science degree is an interdisciplinary program that aims to equip students with a comprehensive understanding of how scientific principles can be applied to sports and exercise contexts. 

Portobello Institute offers a BSc (Hons) in Sports and Exercise Science to begin your career in sports science and an MSc in Sports Performance Analysis to accelerate your career to the next level. 

Read our article to discover more about a career in sports science.

If you are interested in any of our sports courses or have any questions you can book a consultation call with our expert sports advisor Jason Lester, email jason.lester@portobelloinstitute.com or call 01 892 0029. 

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