Ever since humans have had a competitive
edge, the need to improve performance and athletic ability has
been an area of intense study. The last decade in particular
has seen huge growth in course and student numbers in the discipline
of sport and exercise science.
What is sport and exercise
Sport and exercise science uses the scientific principles
from the mainstream biological and social sciences, and applies
them to the sport and exercise environment in order to, for
example, improve performance, reduce injury or increase motivation.
Sport science finds its ideal home firmly within the world
of elite and professional sport. World-class athletes such
as Kelly Holmes and Paula Radcliffe, as talented as they are,
would never achieve their significant levels of sporting excellence
without the knowledge and support offered by sport science
and sports medicine. Individual training programmes are designed
so these athletes can train at the correct intensities, in
the right frame of mind, recover appropriately, intake the
correct nutrition at the optimum times, and produce their
best performances when it matters. Producing top-level performances
in modern sport, whether on the track, on the pitch or in
the pool, requires a huge team effort both on and off the
field of play. National Governing Bodies such as the FA (Football
Association) employ sport scientists (physiologists, biomechanists,
psychologists), physiotherapists, doctors, strength and conditioning
coaches and sports nutritionists to support the coaching staff
and players in the quest for sporting excellence.
And it is not just in elite level sport where
knowledge of sport and exercise science can be beneficial.
Many employment opportunities exist in such areas as teaching,
lecturing, research, coaching, fitness instructing, sports
management and sports development (to name but a few). It
is, of course, equally rewarding to study such an exciting
and diverse subject area for its own sake at both undergraduate
and postgraduate levels.
Sport and Exercise Science: An Introduction
This is a groundbreaking new resource. The textbook and website
cover the three key areas of Anatomy and Physiology, Biomechanics
and Psychology required for first year undergraduate study
and beyond. The thorough grounding provided allows students
to progress to the more specialist and applied subject areas
available to them in the second and third years of their degree
Sport and exercise science continues
to grow as a highly popular subject area to study at university.
As these courses become more specialised and more prolific,
and course titles change to satisfy the demands of employers
or government policy, Sport and Exercise Science: An Introduction
will remain an excellent introductory text for any student
studying a sport and exercise related course in higher education.