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HL20474: Contemporary issues in sports performance

[Page last updated: 04 August 2021]

Academic Year: 2021/2
Owning Department/School: Department for Health
Credits: 6 [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Notional Study Hours: 120
Level: Intermediate (FHEQ level 5)
Semester 1
Assessment Summary: EX 100%
Assessment Detail:
  • Exam (2 hours) (EX 100%)
Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
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.

Skills: 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.

Programme availability:

HL20474 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department for Health


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