With the ever increasing popularity within the last 25 years is the comparatively young discipline known as Sports Science. Students are taught to develop theoretical knowledge together with applied practical skills. This field of study is relatively multidisciplinary comprising of Biomechanics, Business and Sports Management, Nutrition, Physiology and Psychology. Undergraduates will be presented to a series of fields of sports science, before selecting one or several areas in which to specialize. Specialisation fields include Sports Management, Sports Physiotherapy, Physical and Sport Education, Sport Psychology, and Sports Nutrition. As such, Sports Science Students will learn to consider the sports industry from the viewpoint of a business, finance and operations stakeholder; pay particular attention on the prevention and treatment of injuries and the various features of athlete management and performance enhancement; explore the methods and theory required in educating people about sports and fitness; study the numerous reasons that can impact athletes’ performance and wellbeing; and the influence of food, vitamins, supplement and regimes on a person’s health and wellbeing.
Teaching in universities will normally be conducted via lectures and seminars, laboratory sessions, practical sessions in gyms, sports halls, fitness rooms, swimming pools, courts and on sport fields and independent research and study.
Sports Science Careers
Sports have become a tremendously giant business venture in today’s modern world. With that comes a widespread reach of the sports industry that offers Sports Science graduates a diversity of career options to embark on. Career examples include Fitness Centre or Gym Manager, Fitness Instructors, Nutritional consultancy, Personal Trainers, Physical Education Teacher, Physiotherapist, Sports Coach, Sports Management and Marketing, and Sports Therapist to name some.
Institutions with Sports Science
Today, there are a number of institutions in the world that offer accredited and highly recognised Sports Science course. Listed below are several universities ranked in the Top 50 in the World for its Sports-related courses:
|The University of Sydney||AUS||1st|
|University of Birmingham||UK||5th|
|The University of Edinburgh||UK||13th|
|The University of Western Australia||AUS||20th|
|University of Bath||UK||22nd|
|The University of Exeter||UK||25th|
|The University of Manchester||UK||43rd|
|University of Leeds||UK||49th|
Likewise, listed below are other institutions placed in the Top 100 in the World and recognised for their Sports-related Subjects:
- Auckland University of Technology
- Cardiff University
- Liverpool John Moores University
- The University of Auckland
- The University of Nottingham
- The University of Sheffield
- University College Dublin
- University of Bristol
- University of Southampton
- University of Strathclyde
Source: QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017 (Sports-related Subjects)
Listed below are several universities ranked Top 10 in the UK for its Sports Science courses:
|The University of Edinburgh||1st|
|University of Exeter||5th|
|University of Leeds||7th|
|University of East Anglia||8th|
|University of Birmingham||9th|
Source: The Guardian University Guide 2017 (Music)
The university is tied 1st in the world for its sports-related subjects offered. It boasts one of the UK's largest sports science departments. In addition, Loughborough University has invested more than £36 million on its facilities. The university’s Sports Science graduates are the UK's highest achieving, with 82% achieving either a 1st or a 2:1 in 2016(Higher Education Statistics Agency; HESA).
University of Edinburgh
Edinburgh’s sports science graduates are one of the most employable in the UK, with 76% of graduates in 2016 able to find work within six months of graduating. (HESA) The university’s gym is one of the biggest in Scotland.
University of Exeter
With 90% of graduates in 2016 stating they were satisfied with the Sports Science course, University of Exeter proves to have some of the most contented sports science graduates in the country! In addition, its Sports Science graduates are one of the highest achieving, with 79% achieving a 2:1 or higher. (HESA)
Sheffield Hallam University
In 2016, SHU delivered the 4th largest Sports Science degree course in UK. The university boasts some of the best sporting facilities, including the Olympic standard Don Valley Athletic Stadium.
Moreover, 75% of students from SHU secured employment within six months of graduating. (HESA)
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