What is sport science?

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  • Created on: 09-12-19 00:56

What is sport science?

  • Exercise/health physiology - understand the effects of exercise on the body
  • Performance psychology - how do you get someone to perform at the highest level possible when physiology is identical to another person's?
  • Exercise/health psychology - why do we exercise? What stressors and other factors how well we perform?
  • Biochemistry - what happens at a cellular level when exercising?
  • Rehabilitation - how to rehabilitate the body?
  • Biomechanics - how the body moves with specialist equipment
  • Motor control and learning - learn how the body moves when performing; how we control our actions
  • Coaching - teaching how to play sport using the correct techniques
  • Talent ID/development - looking at elite athletes from a population

Sport science is knowledge about physical activity obtained and tested through scientific methods.

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What is knowledge and scientific method?

Sources of knowledge:

  • Superstition (personal rituals before and event)
  • Tradition (going with a person's beliefs/culture)
  • Authority (teachers/coaches telling us what to do and how to do it)
  • Pure thinking; common sense; personal experience

Scientific methods/ideas (Bronowski, 1978):

  • Order to the universe; capable of being described and studied
  • Cause and effect relationships
  • Observations can be made

Scientific characteristics:

  • Process for helping varify the reliability of knowledge
  • Is generalisable - replicable and explicit
  • Is dynamic - changing and evolving
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What is the research process?

Research is an active, diligent and systematic process of inquiry in order to discover, interpret or revise things.

The research process:

  • Review the literature
  • Define problem
  • Formulate hypothesis
  • Design study
  • Gather data
  • Analyse/interpret data
  • Write report

Secondary sources (reviewing the literature):

  • Articles (journals, magazines, newspapers)
  • Textbooks
  • Internet
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