Sport Science National Certificate

What is this subject and why should I study it?

Elite sport has embraced sport science disciplines wholeheartedly in the past few decades, moving from a perspective, which assumed the primacy of natural talent in producing outstanding performance, to one, which considers every minute detail of an athlete’s training programme, rest time, environment and psychology in the pursuit of excellence. The Cambridge Nationals in Sport Science offer students the opportunity to study key areas of sport science including anatomy and physiology linked to fitness, health, injury and performance; the science of training and application of training principles, and psychology in sport and sports performance.

Course Content

Reducing the risk of sports injury

Taking part in sport and physical activity puts the body under stress. Knowing how to reduce the risk of injury when taking part in sport, and how to respond to injuries and medical conditions in a sport setting are, therefore, vital skills in many roles within the sport and leisure industry, whether you are a lifeguard, a steward at a sports stadium or a personal fitness instructor. By completing this unit, students will know how to prepare participants to take part in physical activity in a way which minimises the risk of injuries occurring, how to react to common injuries that can occur during sport and how to recognise the symptoms of some common medical conditions, providing a good foundation to undertake formal first aid training and qualifications.

Applying the principles of training

In the world of team and individual sport, it is vital that coaches keep their performers in peak condition. They do this by regularly monitoring them through fitness tests and by designing bespoke training programmes to suit the type of sport, performance schedule and the individual themselves. High quality training programmes apply principles of training to the requirements of the individual in their development and implementation. By completing this unit, students will develop knowledge and understanding of the principles and methods of training and the application of these in the design of training programmes along with practical skills in fitness testing.

The body’s response to sporting activity

It is recognised that physical activity is essential in maintaining good health. Many careers within the sport, leisure and health industries require employees to have an understanding of how the body changes and responds to physical activity. With this knowledge, it is possible to improve body systems to optimise sports performance and promote healthier lifestyles. By completing this unit, students will understand key aspects of the structure and function of the muscular-skeletal and cardio-respiratory systems and investigate some of the changes, which occur to them in response to short and long-term physical activity.

Sport nutrition

In elite sport, one of the key success factors is an athlete’s diet. Students will learn about the different nutrients that are needed to support a balanced diet, the purpose of different nutrients, what different athletes should consume and how to create a diet plan for an identified performer to support their training and competition schedules.

How is the course assessed?

Reducing the risk of sports injuries is assessed through a written paper the other units being assessed by UTC subject specialists and then moderated by OCR