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Why do we keep running?

Why do we keep running? Creative commons image Christine Matthews under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 26 May 2016
Although 'exercise' is treated as a punchline, we continue to get out and pound the streets. What is it that drives our commitment to keeping fit?

What do sports authorities have to do to take account of transgender competitors?

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What do sports authorities have to do to take account of transgender competitors? Creative commons image Santeri Viinamäki under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 18 Mar 2016
Transgender people are now able to compete at the Olympics - but there are some who worry this might create opportunities for cheating. ...

OpenLearn Live: 18th March 2016

OpenLearn Live: 18th March 2016 Creative commons image Joethelibrarian under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 18 Mar 2016
Man against horse, and how nanotechnology might help prevent AIDs. Free learning from across the day.

OpenLearn Live: 17th March 2016

OpenLearn Live: 17th March 2016 Creative commons image Richard Matthews under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 17 Mar 2016
The men who make up football results. Then more free learning through the day.

Superqueeroes: Gender and superheroes

Superqueeroes: Gender and superheroes Copyrighted image Copyright: iStock
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 16 Mar 2016
Why is Wonder Woman only playing a secondary role in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice?  This article looks at the role of gender and...

OpenLearn Live: 15th March 2015

OpenLearn Live: 15th March 2015 Creative commons image Karsten Thormaehlen under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 15 Mar 2016
Celebrating the oldest Olympian. Then more free learning through the day - although we were offline for some of it.

OpenLearn Live: 14th March 2016

OpenLearn Live: 14th March 2016 Copyright free image Copyright free: Public domain
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 14 Mar 2016
Tributes to Doreen Massey, emeritus professor of Geography at the OU, and the Crimean veterans who played cricket. Free learning from across the...

Do children exercise less in winter?

Do children exercise less in winter? Creative commons image Scorpions & Centaurs under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 23 Feb 2016
New research suggests that when the weather gets colder, and days shorter, children exercise less.

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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 01 Apr 2016
This free course, The Ancient Olympics: Bridging past and present, highlights the similarities and differences between our modern Games and the...

The science behind wheeled sports

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Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 22 Mar 2016
This free course, The science behind wheeled sports, focuses on cycling and wheelchair racing: what we might collectively call wheeled sports. The...

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 18 Mar 2016
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...

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 09 Mar 2016
What should we eat before and after exercise? This free course, Eating to win: activity, diet and weight control, examines the importance of...

Active, healthy lifestyles

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Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 07 Mar 2016
In this free course, Active, healthy lifestyles, which is aimed at teachers of Physical Education, we begin by looking at some of the common...

Sport media and culture: Who's calling the shots?

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Sport media and culture: Who's calling the shots? Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 03 Mar 2016
The media plays a huge part in sport; we find out what's happening and how our team is doing, and it creates great sporting moments and sports...

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 17 Feb 2016
This free course, A question of ethics: right or wrong?, discusses ethical and professional principles in sport and fitness environments. Working...

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 Feb 2016
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...

Exercise and mental health

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Exercise and mental health Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 2 hours Updated 16 Feb 2016
Each year thousands of pounds are spent on medications to treat conditions such as anxiety and depression. These medications often have negative...

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 16 Feb 2016
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...

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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 30 May 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 30 May 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 30 May 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 30 May 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 30 May 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 30 May 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 30 May 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 30 May 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 30 May 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 30 May 2016 Register by 08 Sep 2016
Investigate and apply aspects of sports science, including physiology, movement analysis, and training and conditioning theory, enhancing your...