Contemporary Issues in Athlete Preparation for Competition - SPOR5760

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Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Autumn Term 6 15 (7.5) John Dickinson checkmark-circle


Individuals from a variety of populations take part in sport and exercise. This module takes an in-depth look at 'athletic populations' and factors that impact on performance. Students will critically analyse and discuss what types of exercise are optimal for different athletes and consider the risks and benefits associated with sport and exercise activities. Students will focus on some key issues related to sports performance, e.g. managing athlete with respiratory issues? What strategies could be used to minimise musculoskeletal injury in child athletes? Should pregnant females play sport?

The module utilises the expertise of staff within SSES, guest speakers and student contributions. Students will be encouraged to think about how they might work with athletes on an individual basis.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 22
Private study hours: 128
Total study hours: 150

Method of assessment

Assignment (3,000 words) (100%)

Indicative reading

ACSM (2010) ACSM's Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription. 8th Ed. Maryland: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
Kremer & Fleck (2006) Strength Training for Young Athletes. Champaign, IL Human Kinetiics.
McArdle, W.D., Katch, F.I. & Katch, V.L. (2009) Exercise Physiology – Energy, Nutrition & Human Performance. 7th Ed. Baltimore: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
Rowland, T.W. (2005) Children’s Exercise Physiology. 2nd Ed. Leeds: Human Kinetics.
Winter, E.M. et al (2007) Sport & Exercise Physiology Testing Guidelines (BASES) Volume One: Sport Testing. Oxon: Routledge.
Winter, E.M. et al (2007) Sport & Exercise Physiology Testing Guidelines (BASES) Volume Two: Exercise & Clinical Testing. Oxon: Routledge.

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Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

Demonstrate an understanding of the scientific principles underpinning sport and exercise performance for different athletic populations and environments
Critically analyse the benefits and risks of sport and exercise for different athlete populations and environments
Critically analyse exercise recommendations for individual athletes.

The intended generic learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

Demonstrate key skills in communication through the ability to demonstrate written communication of learning and oral presentations
Demonstrate key skills in problem solving – achieved through the explanation, comparison and refutation of different theories of factors affecting performance and specific individual circumstances
Plan and manage learning – through completing the case study report and exercise training programme.


  1. Credit level 6. Higher level module usually taken in Stage 3 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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