From elite performance to the thriving personal fitness market and community-based sport activity, sport is an ever expanding global industry. In the aftermath of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games, there has never been a more exciting time to work in the Sport industry.
Sport Studies covers a range of different areas, including how sport can be used to improve health, a look into sport coaching, and the many areas of science that underpin sports. In today’s society, sports have become more popular and more necessary due to government health initiatives. Having a degree in sport allows graduates to become a part of this movement.
With regard to health, sport can be used to rehabilitate those who are ill and have had an accident. Students will learn how to appreciate the different conditions through anatomy and physiology and be able to provide sporting options to help people’s conditions. Sport management takes a more business-minded approach, and enables students to become part of the quickly expanding area of sports and to be able to deal with the pressures of the changing market.
If you have an interest in sport and want to develop your interest into a career then one of the sport studies courses could be for you!
What will I study?
Depending on the chosen course, students will be introduced into the basic skills of their sporting path.
Later in the degree, students will focus on the different areas of sport, such as management skills in sport for management courses, or common illnesses and injuries that require sporting help, and how to help them.
Graduates from sport courses are able to enter a range of careers, including management in leisure centres, physical education teachers, rehabilitation companies and many more.
Performance Sport Analysis
The Performance Sport Analysis course is an applied sport science programme with a focus on the understanding, improvement and analysis of performance in sport. Recently, there has been a growth in the demand for people with performance analysis knowledge, competencies and skills across a range of sporting clubs and organisations.
If you love sport and are want to help sportsmen and women progress, then Performance Sport Analysis could be for you!
What will I learn?
Students will develop their knowledge of tactical analysis, measuring technical effectiveness and specific technique analysis within actual sporting performance, using a range of modern techniques and technology. You will also be introduced to behavioural analysis of coach and athletes, and state of the art athlete monitoring and time-motion analysis techniques. Your learning will also be supplemented by modules drawn from physiology, biomechanics and measurement issues in sport and exercise science, aiding you to understand the theoretical principles behind performance analysis.
You will also have the opportunity to develop your practical and contextual knowledge in training, coaching and performance, which will allow you to evaluate and modify both your own professional practice as an analyst and that of performers and coaches.
Graduates of Performance Sport Analysis have gone onto careers in elite sport performance analysis, sports science support and other non-sport applications of performance analysis. Students have been employed by a wide range of international governing bodies and professional clubs such as the RFU, WRU, Team GB at the 2012 London Olympic Games and many premiership football clubs.
Sport and Exercise Science
The Sport and Exercise Science course focuses on the scientific basis of performance in sport and participation in exercise. The programme will equip you with a broad understanding of the effects of exercise and nutrition on the bodies and brains of various groups, from elite athletes to the young or elderly.
If you are interested in studying sport, exercise and physical activity on a science based programme then Sport and Exercise Science could be for you!
What will I learn?
Students will develop their understanding of physiology, biomechanics and psychology which underpins Sport Science. You will also learn about how the healthy human body works during exercise, and how sport and physical activity promote health from cellular to whole body perspectives. There is also the option to focus your learning on performance analysis, sports coaching or strength and conditioning.
You will also have the opportunity to develop your practical knowledge in exercise settings, training, coaching and performance, helping to aid the transition into the working world.
Graduates typically go on to careers within sport and exercise science, fitness testing, instruction and health promotion; others go on to teach, coach or analyse performance in sport. Students have been employed by national governing bodies, Sport Wales and professional football teams as well as the business and health industries.
Sport and Physical Education
Everyone is always being encouraged to do more physical activity throughout their lives, and consequently there is a bigger need for highly educated practitioners who have the skills and knowledge to both establish and sustain healthy lifestyles in others. The Sport and Physical Education course equips students with the skills needed to progress in this field.
If you have an interest in sport and want to help communities to live healthier lifestyles, then Sport and Physical Education could be for you!
What will I learn?
Students will gain an in-depth academic and practical knowledge of the provision of youth sport, coaching and physical education and how these affect different communities. You will also learn the basics of psychology, physiology, biomechanics and research processes, which are essential to a broader understanding of sport. You will appreciate the issues and operational contexts of sport and physical education and have the opportunity to specialise in a topic of your interest as you progress on the course.
You are also encouraged to build a portfolio of UKCC coaching qualifications and work-based experiences during your time at university.
Graduates have gone on to careers in teaching, coaching, the leisure industry, sport science, recreation management and community sports development. Others have been employed as fitness consultants, sports administrators or joined the Armed Forces or Police Service.
Coaches are incredibly important members of any sports team or community. It is the coach’s job to create the right learning conditions for their athletes and motivate them to reach their potential. They need to identify, plan and implement suitable training programmes whilst developing both physical and psychological fitness for a wide range of participants. The Sport Coaching course focuses on the application of knowledge in the practical coaching environment.
If you love sports and want to help people achieve their potential then Sport Coaching could be for you!
What will I learn?
Students will develop a greater knowledge and understanding of the nature of the coaching process. This learning is underpinned by modules in physiology, biomechanics, psychology and performance analysis. You will have the opportunity to develop your practical and contextual knowledge in training, coaching and performance, which will allow you to evaluate and adapt your own behaviour and that of performers in a range of sports. You will also develop an appreciation of the role of a professional coach, including an awareness of the ethical and legal obligations, and be equipped with an understanding of the qualities needed, to coach effectively.
Graduates often follow careers in coaching and teaching, the leisure industry, sports science support and in the field of sports development. Past graduates have been employed in coaching in the UK and abroad in a variety of different sports including football, rugby and swimming in Singapore, Shanghai and Australia. Others have gained employment working as sport development officers for local authorities, fitness consultants and trainers.
Sport Conditioning, Rehabilitation and Massage
A strength and conditioning practitioner uses exercise prescription to improve performance in athletic competition, as well as helping athletes with injury prevention. Sport rehabilitators work in the field of sports medicine and deal with injuries at every stage, from the initial onset through to return-to-sport rehabilitation.
The Sport Conditioning, Rehabilitation and Massage course equips students with the skills to improve health and treat sports injuries. Most health clubs will have skilled practitioners and they play a key role in national, regional and local sports teams.
If you are interested in sport, science and want to work with a variety of people then Sport Conditioning, Rehabilitation and Massage could be the course for you!
What will I learn?
The course includes a large practical aspect, where students are given the opportunity to develop the practical skills required of being a Strength and Conditioning, Rehabiliation and Sport Massage practitioner. Students will gain a broad understanding in sport science, sport performance and health, whilst studying strength and conditioning and massage in more depth. You will take modules and develop skills in anatomy, sports injuries and sports rehabilitation alongside completing practical experience in clinics and other professional environments.
You will also have the opportunity to gain a recognised qualification in sport massage from the Sports Massage Association and consequently practice as a sports massage practitioner.
Most graduates go on to work in sport conditioning, rehabilitation, sports massage or sports science settings. Students have been employed within health and fitness clubs, in community leisure centres, as personal trainers, in health promotion and exercise prescription.
Cardiff Metropolitan University has links to the UK Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA) and the British Association of Sport Rehabilitators and Trainers (BASRaT) and graduates are well-placed to pursue membership and accreditation with them.
The impact of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games has been huge on the Sport industry, with the promise of a sporting legacy which is dependent upon effective sport development in both a national and global context.
Sport Development is the use of sport as a tool to engage communities, to help improve lives in a sustainable way. You may be working with disadvantaged young people or local charities to distribute information and organise sport-related projects, classes, programmes, coaching, club development and training.
If you love sport and want to help develop sport projects in different communities then Sport Development could be for you!
What will I learn?
Students will develop their intellectual knowledge and understanding of Sport Development within a local, national and international context, with a focus on school, community and elite sport. You will consider the different components of effective sport development in relation to sport policy, management, marketing and the structure and resourcing of sport. You can also choose to take modules in areas of interest such as Sport Coaching and Socio-Cultural Issues in Sport.
You will have the opportunity to undertake work placements to give you a better understanding of both the theory and practice of sport development and the relationship between the two. This provides you with experience of how sporting opportunities are developed and their potential impact within different sport development settings.
Graduates have followed careers in teaching, coaching, leisure/ sports management, and community sports development. Students have been employed by local authorities, national governing bodies, sports councils, sports marketing companies and been accepted onto management trainee programmes.
The Sport Management course covers the business aspects of sport and recreation and will equip students with the skills needed to take up a managerial position in the fast-paced sport industry. The course will challenge your preconceptions of what it means to be a manager in the sport industry today and question the meaning and purpose of sport in contemporary society.
If you are interested in both Sport and Business and want a career that encompasses both, then Sport Management could be for you!
What will I learn?
Students will examine the field of Sport Management, its impact and the underlying business principles that help to sustain and develop the sport industry. You will investigate the notions of best practice, benchmarking and personal professional development within an industrial context. You will also have the opportunity to define and develop ideas for sport related products and services through entrepreneurship and strategic thinking.
You will understand the operational and legal issues that affect sport organisations, and develop your understanding of different industrial contexts by comparing sport with other sectors. You’ll also have the opportunity to practically engage with sport, reflecting on coaching principles and techniques that are transferable to other aspects of a manger’s role.
Graduates have followed careers in management of: sport facilities, health and fitness and sports events, as well as sport management consultancy, teaching and sports development. The course is flexible and equips you with transferable skills to be able to join other industries or set up your own business.
Have you ever wondered why some elite sports stars are so well paid? How did sport begin and develop? Or what are the benefits of sport and physical activity?
The Sport Studies course examines sport in its socio-cultural context and will help you to answer these questions. Sports culture is dynamic and always-changing, and students will challenge their own preconceptions regarding the nature and purpose of modern sports cultures.
If you are interested in the place and role that sports play in contemporary society then Sport Studies could be for you!
What will I learn?
Students will learn about the social, historical, political and ethical aspects of sport to help understand its global appeal and cultural significance. You will gain a broad understanding of different aspects of sport, including management, development and ethics.
You will also be encouraged to take on work placements, where you can apply skills and theories learnt in the classroom into a professional context.
Graduates typically follow careers in the sports industry: coaching, development, management, administration, teaching and media. Some have gained employment from national governing bodies, and sports councils or remained in education to do an MA.