Specialised Issues in Sport and Exercise - SPOR5760

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2021 to 2022
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 hours for the module will be 150. This will include one 2 hour lecture per week. These contact hours will total 22 hours in which the intended learning outcomes will be covered. The remainder of time will be devoted to private study for the reinforcement of knowledge and research into the subject literature.

Method of assessment

Written assessment 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.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

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


  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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