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Six Nations 2016

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 05 Feb 2016
With the Six Nations here it's time to 'try' learning more about rugby with our fantastic range of resources.

Why don't statistics reveal when sports matches have been fixed?

Why don't statistics reveal when sports matches have been fixed? Creative commons image Voo De Mar under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 23 Jan 2016
Sport is awash in data - so you'd assume it'd be easy to tell if a game has been rigged on the whim of a shady gambling syndicate. It's not that...

OpenLearn Live: 8th December 2015

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 08 Dec 2015
Who won biggest at the 1992 Olympics? The host city. Then more free learning across the day. When we're online, obviously.

Chasing Perfection: How do athletes become champions?

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Chasing Perfection: How do athletes become champions? Copyrighted image Copyright: The Moment/ Channel 4
Introductory level Duration 1 hour Updated 17 Nov 2015
In this collection of eight videos sporting legends including Michael Johnson, AP McCoy, Dame Sarah Storey and more outline the techniques...

Recovery: the next frontier in sporting progress?

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Recovery: the next frontier in sporting progress? Copyrighted image Copyright: The Moment/Channel 4
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 13 Nov 2015
Your ability to train is only as good as your ability to recover from it. Experts in sport science show the recovery strategies, technologies and...

OpenLearn Live: 13th November 2015

OpenLearn Live: 13th November 2015 Copyright free image Copyright free: The Engineer
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 13 Nov 2015
The man who started a two-wheeled craze. Then more free learning through the day.

What sporting future? Risks and rewards

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What sporting future? Risks and rewards Copyrighted image Copyright: Channel 4/The Moment
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 12 Nov 2015
Michael Johnson hears from sporting professionals on what they think the future of sport is, especially in an age when technology is advancing...

Injury rehab in rugby: keeping it personal with devices and data

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Injury rehab in rugby: keeping it personal with devices and data Copyrighted image Copyright: The Moment/ Channel 4
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 12 Nov 2015
Alex Sanderson, forwards coach, Tom Sherriff, sports scientist and Joe Collins, head of medical, outline the technological resources available to...

Steve Peters on managing athletes’ emotions

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Steve Peters on managing athletes’ emotions Copyrighted image Copyright: The Moment/Channel 4
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 12 Nov 2015
Steve Peters, sports psychiatrist, talks about his approach when it comes to understanding an elite athlete’s mind and how to get them to function...

The sleep secrets of British Cycling

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The sleep secrets of British Cycling Copyrighted image Copyright: The Moment/ Channel 4
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 12 Nov 2015
Sir Dave Brailsford, who coached GB cycling to 8 Olympic Golds, and Nick Littlehales, sleep coach, talk about the importance of recovery in...

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Eating to win: activity, diet and weight control

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Eating to win: activity, diet and weight control Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 6 hours Updated 08 Jan 2016
What should we eat before and after exercise? This free course, Eating to win: activity, diet and weight control, examines the importance of...

Physical activity: a family affair

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Physical activity: a family affair Copyrighted image Copyright: © Cade Martin/Getty Images
Advanced level Duration 15 hours Updated 17 Dec 2015
This free course, Physical activity: a family affair, aims to explore the effects that the family has on the amount and nature of physical activity...

Working with young people in sport and exercise

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Working with young people in sport and exercise Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 6 hours Updated 16 Feb 2015
This free course, Working with young people in sport and exercise, examines the special considerations of coaching or instructing young people in...

A question of ethics: right or wrong?

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A question of ethics: right or wrong? Copyright free image Copyright free: © PhotoAlto / Alamy
Intermediate level Duration 7 hours Updated 14 Jan 2015
This free course, A question of ethics: right or wrong?, discusses ethical and professional principles in sport and fitness environments. Working...

Motivation and factors affecting motivation

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Motivation and factors affecting motivation Copyrighted image Copyright: © Corbis Super RF / Alamy
Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 07 Jan 2015
This free course explores the term 'motivation' and factors affecting motivation. This includes looking at the most influential theories of...

Improving aerobic fitness

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Improving aerobic fitness Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 2 hours Updated 18 Aug 2014
Aerobic fitness is integral to successful sports performance and to maintaining good health. But what sort of exercise should you be doing to...

Exploring sport online: Athletes and efficient hearts

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Exploring sport online: Athletes and efficient hearts Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 12 Feb 2014
We all know that the heart is very important but what exactly does the heart do? Why is the blood so important? What functions do the lungs perform...

The science behind wheeled sports

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The science behind wheeled sports Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 07 Feb 2014
This free course, The science behind wheeled sports, focuses on cycling and wheelchair racing: what we might collectively call wheeled sports. The...

The psychological aspects of sports injury

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The psychological aspects of sports injury Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 3 hours Updated 11 Dec 2013
For many people sport is a way of life, so imagine the emotional distress that a sports injury can bring when it restricts someone's participation...

The Ancient Olympics: Bridging past and present Includes explicit content

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The Ancient Olympics: Bridging past and present Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 29 Nov 2012
This free course, The Ancient Olympics: Bridging past and present, highlights the similarities and differences between our modern Games and the...

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Certificate of Higher Education in Sport, Fitness and Management

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Certificate of Higher Education in Sport, Fitness and Management Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 1200 hours Updated 14 Feb 2016
What makes a top-flight sports coach or fitness instructor? This Certificate course investigates the factors that contribute to success, and gives...

Certificate of Higher Education Open

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Certificate of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 1200 hours Updated 14 Feb 2016
If you’re keen to try university study and want to keep your options open, this certificate course is ideal. It’s part of our unique Open...

BA/BSc Open degree

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BA/BSc Open degree Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 3600 hours Updated 14 Feb 2016
Over 40 per cent of OU students who graduate do so with an Open degree. It’s a statistic we’re proud of – the BA/BSc Open is one of the most...

BSc (Honours) Sport, Fitness and Coaching

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BSc (Honours) Sport, Fitness and Coaching Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 3600 hours Updated 14 Feb 2016
If you are an aspiring or practising leader of sport or fitness activities, our degree in sport, fitness and coaching will develop your...

Diploma of Higher Education Open

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Diploma of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 14 Feb 2016
Studying at university level is not just about gaining a degree. We also offer a range of other qualifications, including Certificates and Diplomas...

Diploma of Higher Education in Sport and Fitness

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Diploma of Higher Education in Sport and Fitness Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 2400 hours Updated 14 Feb 2016
This diploma course will help put you on track for a career in fitness training, sports coaching or management. You’ll develop work-related and...

Foundation Degree in Sport and Fitness

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Foundation Degree in Sport and Fitness Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 14 Feb 2016
This foundation degree course will help you get in good shape for a career in fitness training, sports coaching or management. You’ll develop work...

Making your exercise instruction certificate count

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Making your exercise instruction certificate count Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Intermediate level Duration 300 hours Updated 14 Feb 2016 Register by 05 Jan 2017
Link your experience as an exercise instructor or exercise professional to knowledge of training standards, professionalism, ethics, models of...

Working and learning in sport and fitness

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Working and learning in sport and fitness Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Introductory level Duration 600 hours Updated 14 Feb 2016 Register by 08 Sep 2016
Improve your professionalism and effectiveness, whatever your role in the sports workplace, on this practical course covering everything from...

Sport and conditioning science into practice

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Sport and conditioning science into practice Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Intermediate level Duration 600 hours Updated 14 Feb 2016 Register by 08 Sep 2016
Investigate and apply aspects of sports science, including physiology, movement analysis, and training and conditioning theory, enhancing your...