Contemporary Health Issues

Subject Code:

SPO100

Subject Aim:

This subject aims to introduce a wide range of current health issues and health science concepts with particular relevance to sports management. It also provides an introduction and explanation of anatomical terms and a description of the macroscopic structures of tissues and organs, with a particular emphasis on musculoskeletal anatomy as well as a focus on exercise physiology and sports nutrition.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Knowledge of basic anatomical, health, disease and exercise physiology concepts and terminology for effective communication in the field of sports management
  • Ability to evaluate the value of involvement in health projects from a sports management perspective for all stakeholders
  • Ability to create health and sports management related communications based on careful study, analysis and summation of relevant, high quality sources including relevant scientific research, review papers and media coverage
  • Understanding that health and sports science is constantly evolving and requires continual review of current research and health trends via reputable, scientifically validated sources
  • Competent understanding of contemporary health issues relating to sports management. Such issues will include (but are not limited to) obesity, cardiovascular disease, performance enhancing drugs and sports specific nutrition
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply knowledge of contemporary health issues to specific sport or individual athlete needs

Student Assessment:

Exams will take place in weeks 12 & 13. Please refer to the official Exam Timetable for further information. Students are required to prepare for assessments by reading the subject matter in course notes, handouts and readings as well as independently researching a particular key health issue which is presented in a report. Class work and practical application of theory assist in reinforcing the importance of this subject’s topics. Each student is required to participate in class discussions and activities.