Sports Science

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Sports Science’ covers a broad range of fields including human physiology, psychology and biomechanics, and their relationship to sports performance, health and well-being.

Courses in anatomy and physiology aim to develop knowledge and understanding of the basic structure and function of the human body discuss how this knowledge can be used to improve health and/or performance. Furthermore, environmental physiology gives the opportunity to discuss the limits to human performance and survival.

Exercise at any level requires a well-balanced diet for continued good health and successful sporting performance. This knowledge is obtained through our performance nutrition course.

Biomechanics makes it possible to calculate the most efficient or the least harmful patterns of movement in sporting movements and techniques, which is an important consideration when designing an exercise programme.

Psychological factors may contribute to whether an individual achieves success and optimal performance in sport, and may also affect whether individuals choose to engage with exercise. Courses in sports psychology develop an understanding of the psychological demands and benefits of sport and physical activity.

It is also important to develop practical knowledge of reliable methodologies and measurements and understand how they should be interpreted to support athletes or clients further in their training.

This knowledge is then brought together during the study of training theory, that is, the science of how we can train most effectively in specific sports and achieve an optimal balance between exercise, rest and diet.

Sports science as a subject is comprised of all of these elements, with a focus on physical activity, health and performance. This helps to give an overall picture factors that may improve, and ultimately limit human sporting performance at the highest level.

At Mid Sweden University, courses in sports science are supported by research-led teaching in collaboration with scientists from the Department of Health Sciences and the Swedish Winter Sports Research Centre. Our staff are involved in a wide spectrum of research activity, from elite performance sport to physical activity and health throughout the lifespan. Advanced basic research is combined with applied research with strong ties to the community and Jämtland region, for example in winter sports and outdoor activities. Our education in Sport Science provides excellent foundations to become a qualified professional in sports, fitness or healthcare.