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Rio 2016: A short Paralympics reading list

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 08 Sep 2016
Athletes with intellectual disabilities; zika virus; empty seats; risky cheating; inspiration porn - a round-up of pieces about the Paralympic...

OpenLearn Live: 26th August 2016

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OpenLearn Live: 26th August 2016 Creative commons image Nick Webb under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 26 Aug 2016
Rounding off a week of Bolts with the fastest of them all; and how can you trust online video? Free learning from across the day.

Life after the Olympics: retirement

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Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 25 Aug 2016
What does the retired life hold for Olympians such as Usain Bolt, Jessica Ennis-Hill and Michael Phelps? Can they cope with the change of lifestyle?

Hammering into hearts: How Dilshod Nazarov's Rio victory lifted the Tajiks

Hammering into hearts: How Dilshod Nazarov's Rio victory lifted the Tajiks Creative commons image Rjruiziii under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 23 Aug 2016
Tajikistan won its first independent Gold during Rio 2016. For a nation without a lot to celebrate, it's a big deal.

What happened to Rio 2016's leftover food?

What happened to Rio 2016's leftover food? Creative commons image Indra Galbo under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 23 Aug 2016
Gourmet chefs fed the athletes of the Olympic Games. Then, they fed the poor.

Rio 2016: Aisuluu Tynybekova - not quite a medalist; still a national hero

Rio 2016: Aisuluu Tynybekova - not quite a medalist; still a national hero Creative commons image Marie-Lan Nguyen / Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY 3.0 under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 23 Aug 2016
Aisuluu Tynybekova of Kyrgyzstan didn't quite make it to the podium - but her performance still helped lift a country hit by a doping scandal.

Rio 2016: A Caster Semenya reading list

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Rio 2016: A Caster Semenya reading list Creative commons image Citizen59 under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 22 Aug 2016
Caster Semenya's 800 metres victory at Rio hasn't been met with universal acclaim, as it reopens the debate over hyperadrogenic atheletes.

OpenLearn Live: 22nd August 2016

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OpenLearn Live: 22nd August 2016 Creative commons image Benjamin Hollis under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
Duration 5 mins Updated 22 Aug 2016
The tiny pieces of metal that climbers hang their life from, and the fight for the right to see the code running your body. Free learning from...

OpenLearn Live: 19th August 2016

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 19 Aug 2016
The poles that allow athletes to vault; and 25 years on from the Soviet Coup. Free learning from across the day.

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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 Jul 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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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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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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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 02 Dec 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 02 Dec 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 02 Dec 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 02 Dec 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 02 Dec 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 02 Dec 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 02 Dec 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 02 Dec 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: The Open University/Karen Parker
Introductory level Duration 600 hours Updated 02 Dec 2016 Register by 14 Sep 2017
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 02 Dec 2016 Register by 14 Sep 2017
Investigate and apply aspects of sports science, including physiology, movement analysis, and training and conditioning theory, enhancing your...