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HL20474: Contemporary issues in sports performance

[Page last updated: 15 October 2020]

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2020/1
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department for Health
Further information on credits Credits: 6      [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 120
Further information on unit levels Level: Intermediate (FHEQ level 5)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Semester 1
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: EX 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Exam (2 hours) (EX 100%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Description: Aims:
To develop a critical understanding of contemporary issues in the sports performance spectrum. To develop an understanding of pertinent areas within ethics and athlete lifestyle management, leading to analysis and evaluation of the impact of contemporary issues within sport.

Learning Outcomes:
By the end of this unit a student will be able to:
1. Identify key contemporary issues within sports performance.
2. Analyse and apply the key social theories that underpin ethical practice.
3. Analyse and apply key theories that underpin athlete lifestyle management.
4. Evaluate the impact upon sport of key issues arising from ethics and lifestyle management.

Communication, critical thinking, basic management skills.


* Introduction of contemporary themes related to ethics and athlete lifestyle management.
* Introduction to factors impacting upon athlete lifestyle.
* Transitions in sport.
* Dual career lifestyles.
* The impact of social media upon athlete profile.
* Critiquing codes of conduct.
* Issues surrounding the moral development of athletes.
* The impact of media on the construction of gender relations.
* Aggression and violence within sport.
* Issues surrounding the drugs debate in sport.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

HL20474 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department for Health