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Phillip Hughes death: world of cricket comes to terms with tragic loss

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Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 27 Nov 2014
The death of Phillip Hughes will have a huge psychological effect on his teammates, writes Caroline Heaney. 

Time to stop playing nice about misogyny in sports

Time to stop playing nice about misogyny in sports Creative commons image Credit: Catherine Pain
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 23 Oct 2014
Talks of re-signing convicted rapist Ched Evans has highlighted misogyny in sport is prevalent - we must protest, writes Professor Kath Woodward....

Michael Mosley answers your pressing health questions

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 02 Sep 2014
As part of Trust Me, I'm a Doctor, health expert and presenter Michael Mosley gives you compelling answers and top advice on a range of health...

Books on bikes: Cycling in literature

Books on bikes: Cycling in literature Creative commons image Credit: Public domain image
Updated 03 Jul 2014
If all that activity is too much for you,  why not settle down with one of our choices of great writing about cycling?

Want to achieve your goal? Try our Personal Best tool

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Want to achieve your goal? Try our Personal Best tool Creative commons image Credit: The Open University
Updated 02 Jul 2014
Have you got a goal? Whether it is to exercise more, lose a few pounds, or write a novel, our Personal Best App will help you get there. 

Video collection: Personal Best

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Video collection: Personal Best Creative commons image Credit: The Open University
Updated 24 Jun 2014
How to apply the techniques of winning sports psychology to achieving your everyday goals? In these short videos, OU sports academics and...

Personal Best: Completion

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Personal Best: Completion Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
Updated 23 Jun 2014
OU sports academic Jessica Pinchbeck congratulates those who have achieved their goals and encourages reflection for future improvement.

Personal Best: Persistence

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Updated 23 Jun 2014
OU sports academic Jessica Pinchbeck and athletes talk about developing 'grit' to overcome adversity and progress towards a goal.

Personal Best: Setbacks

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Updated 23 Jun 2014
OU sports academic Caroline Heaney and athletes explore ways to deal with setbacks in the process of achieving personal goals.

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Exploring sport online: Athletes and efficient hearts

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Exploring sport online: Athletes and efficient hearts Copyrighted image Credit: 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 Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 07 Feb 2014
This unit focuses on cycling and wheelchair racing: what we might collectively call 'wheeled sports'. The Scientific concepts such as force,...

The psychological aspects of sports injury

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The psychological aspects of sports injury Copyrighted image Credit: 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...

Eating to win: Activity, diet and weight control

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Eating to win: Activity, diet and weight control Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 6 hours Updated 10 Dec 2013
This unit examines the importance of nutrition in physical activity, sport weight management. The role that physical activity has alongside...

Working with young people in sport and exercise

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Intermediate level Duration 6 hours Updated 15 Nov 2013
This unit examines the special considerations of coaching or instructing young people in sport and exercise. The physiological differences between...

Physical activity: a family affair

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Physical activity: a family affair Copyrighted image Credit: © Cade Martin/Getty Images
Advanced level Duration 15 hours Updated 01 Oct 2013
This unit aims to explore the effects that the family has on the amount and nature of physical activity a child participates in. The beliefs and...

The Ancient Olympics: Bridging past and present

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The Ancient Olympics: Bridging past and present Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 29 Nov 2012
This unit highlights the similarities and differences between our modern Games and the Ancient Olympics and explores why today, as we prepare for...

Active, healthy lifestyles

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Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 12 Oct 2012
In this unit, aimed at teachers of Physical Education, we begin by looking at some of the common misconceptions relating to fitness and activity...

Exercise and mental health

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Intermediate level Duration 2 hours Updated 30 Aug 2012
Each year thousands of pounds are spent on medications to treat conditions such as anxiety and depression. These medications often have negative...

Funding elite sport

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Funding elite sport Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 2 hours Updated 31 Jul 2012
Training and preparing to compete as an elite athlete can take significant financial support. Where does the money to support such athletes in 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 Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 21 Dec 2014
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 Credit: Irochka | Dreamstime.com Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 21 Dec 2014
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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Duration 3000 hours Updated 21 Dec 2014
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...

Foundation Degree in Sport and Fitness

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Foundation Degree in Sport and Fitness Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 21 Dec 2014
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...

BSc (Honours) Sport, Fitness and Coaching

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BSc (Honours) Sport, Fitness and Coaching Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 3600 hours Updated 21 Dec 2014
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 in Sport and Fitness

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Duration 2400 hours Updated 21 Dec 2014
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...

Diploma of Higher Education Open

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Duration 2400 hours Updated 21 Dec 2014
Studying at university level is not just about gaining a degree. We also offer a range of other qualifications, including Certificates and Diplomas...

Sport and conditioning science into practice

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Sport and conditioning science into practice Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Intermediate level Duration 600 hours Updated 21 Dec 2014 Register by 10 Sep 2015
Investigate and apply aspects of sports science, including physiology, movement analysis, and training and conditioning theory, enhancing your...

Working and learning in sport and fitness

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Working and learning in sport and fitness Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Introductory level Duration 600 hours Updated 21 Dec 2014 Register by 10 Sep 2015
Improve your professionalism and effectiveness, whatever your role in the sports workplace, on this practical course covering everything from...

Making your coaching certificate count

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Making your coaching certificate count Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Intermediate level Duration 300 hours Updated 21 Dec 2014 Register by 08 Jan 2015
Develop your practice as a coach by linking your coaching experience to knowledge of training standards, professionalism, ethics, models of...