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Sport Science MA, Testing Methods and Performance Analysis, 7.5 credits

General data

Code: IV008A
Subject/Main field: Idrottsvetenskap
Cycle: Second cycle
Credits: 7.5
Progressive specialization: A1N - Second cycle, has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
Answerable department: Health Sciences
Answerable faculty: Faculty of Human Sciences
Established: 9/22/2010
Date of change: 3/11/2019
Version valid from: 8/1/2019


The course aims to provide a background of the methods used for the evaluation and analysis of sports performance and to develop understanding of how to independently integrate and implement these methods in sporting situations.

Course objectives

After completing the course students should be able to:
- Summarize and describe methods used to assess and evaluate individual sporting performance from physiological and biomechanical perspectives.
- Apply statistical methods for data analysis and evaluate the precision of different methods.
- Interpret and explain test results for different individuals and groups and relate these results to the requirements of the sport.
- Demonstrate knowledge regarding how psychological qualities are related to performance in different sports.
- Interpret and explain fundamentals ofsimulation and calculation models.


Part 1 (6 credits):
- Physiological methods for indirect and direct testing
- Biomechanical tests methods
- Simulation and calculation models
- Sports related psychologiocal tests
- Methods for performance analysis in sports
- Simulation and calculation models

Part 2 (1,5 Credits):
- Laboratory and practical work

Entry requirements

Bachelor’s degree of minimum 180 credits (including a degree project of at least 15 credits or equivalent internationally recognised degree) in Sports Science, Physical Education, Physiotherapy, Medicine or Human Biology.

Selection rules and procedures

The selectionprocess is in accordance with the Higher Education Ordinance and the local order of admission.

Teaching form

The course is delivered in English. The teaching methods vary and include individual and group work. Examples of teaching methods include lectures, literature studies, seminars, workshops and practical exercises. Detailed information is given in the study guide.

Examination form

Part 1 (6 credits)
The course is examined through an individual written assignment (grade A, B, C, D, E, F, Fx).

Part 2 (1.5 credits)
The examination consists of active participation in seminars and laboratory sessions (grade Approved/Not approved).

If a student has a written decision from the coordinator at Mid Sweden University for students with disabilities, the examiner has the right to adjust the examination.

Retaking of passed exams to improve grades is not permitted by Mid Sweden University.

Link to subject-specific grade criteria:

Grading system

The grades A, B, C, D, E, Fx and F are given on the course. On this scale the grades A through E represent pass levels, whereas Fx and F represent fail levels.

Course reading

Required literature

Author: Australian Institute of Sport
Title: Physiological tests for elite athletes
Edition: 2012
Publisher: Human Kinetics

Author: Blazevich, A.
Title: Sports biomechanics : the basics : optimising human perfomance (2nd edition. ed.)
Edition: 2010
Comment: ISBN: 978-1-4729-1722-5

Author: O'Donoghue, P.
Title: Research methods for sports performance analysis
Edition: 2010
Publisher: Routledge

Vetenskapliga artiklar tillkommer.

Scientific articles will be provided during the course.

Other information

Selection is made in accordance with the Higher Education Ordinance and the local order of admission.