Sports Coaching – It is of no small significance that ‘Physical Education’ is one of the few compulsory subjects in schools, along with numeracy and literacy. For a long time, educators and health professionals have noted the incredible benefits of exercise on the mind and the body, and the important physical and social role it has in these early development stages. Sport continues to appeal in adulthood, providing good health, entertainment, patriotism, cultural occasions and and much more. Sporting events have been around for centuries – most enduringly the Olympics, which were started by the Greeks all the way back in the 8th century BC.
Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to be good at sport to take a sports science degree, as the courses on offer are so diverse. The study of Sport involves learning about the theory and practical applications of exercise, health, coaching, management, and how the body works. At degree level, courses such as Sports Technology, Exercise Physiology and Sport Psychology all focus on the scientific aspect of sport. Courses such as Sports Management, Developing or Coaching, will all have a more vocational leaning.
However, a good knowledge of some basic science is important for all sport courses, and these can often shape up to be the most exciting and cutting-edge aspect to your degree. Developments in biomechanics, physiology and psychology in the world of sports are paving the way to new possibilities – from advanced Paralympic technology to the psychology of training sessions.
Studying sports will provide an understanding of human responses to sport and exercise. Students learn how performance can be enhanced, monitored and analysed, and how to educate others about the numerous health benefits of physical activity. It will provide you with the opportunity to develop an in-depth understanding of physiological, psychological and biochemical theories, and how these can be used to assist performance enhancement.
Students of sports are gain the following skills:
- Strong research and analytical skills – you will be able to critically evaluate data and text, and to problem solve.
- Team working and communication skills.
- Reflective and reflexive thinking – you will hone the skills independent judgment, initiative and decision-making.
The most popular career routes for a sports graduate are sports coaching, management and administration – perhaps working as a fitness instructor, personal trainer or leisure centre manager. Many graduates are recruited in order to provide sport science support for professional athletes, or are employed by national governing bodies for sport. Some choose to work for the booming commercial leisure sector, in particular within marketing and the promotion of sports goods and events. More traditional options include further study and research, as well as teaching sports in schools.
Our Sports tutors and coaches are highly skilled practitioners of their sport, and many have both professional qualifications and practical experience. They can offer one-to-one sports tuition and coaching from age 5 and beyond including undergraduate, Masters and PhD level sports science related tuition and training. Skilled in breaking down barriers to understanding, our tutors use creative approaches and clear, concise explanations and demonstrations to help excel in the sport.
If you’d like arrange private lessons or have any questions about our tuition services please call us on Tel: +44 (0) 207 665 6606 or you can send us an email via our contact form.
https://www.olympic.org/sports List of Olympic Sports
http://www.bases.org.uk/the-sport-and-exercise-scientist – The British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences
https://www.icsspe.org – International Council of Sport Science
http://bjsm.bmj.com – British Journal of Sport Medicine
http://www.asmi.org – American Sport Medicine Institute
http://www.acsm.org – American College of Sport Medicine
http://thesportjournal.org – The Sport Journal
https://www.journals.elsevier.com/journal-of-sport-and-health-science – Elsevier Journal of Sport and Health Science
http://journals.sagepub.com/home/jss – Sage Journal of Sport and Social Issues
http://movingonmagazine.co.uk/the-science-of-sport/ – Moving On Magazine
http://www.basem.co.uk/Resources/british-journal-of-sports-medicine.html – British Association of Sport and Exercise Medicine
https://orb.essex.ac.uk/bs/sportpsy/ – Essex University Sports Psychology website
http://www.sportengland.org – Sport England Website
http://www.nsmi.org.uk – Sport Medicine Information
http://www.fims.org – International Federation of Sport Medicine
https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-culture-media-sport – Department of Culture Media and Sports