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Making young children give everything to football is a bad idea – here’s why

Making young children give everything to football is a bad idea – here’s why Copyright free image Copyright free: By Janalleman (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons New content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 27 Jun 2016
British football clubs want children to specialise in only football from a young age, but would a multi-sports club produce better players? 

Penalty Pressure Potential at Euro 2016

Penalty Pressure Potential at Euro 2016 Creative commons image By Markbarnes (Own work) [GFDL, CC-BY-SA-3.0 or CC BY 2.5], via Wikimedia Commons under Creative-Commons license New content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 24 Jun 2016
Can you tell whether a football player is going successfully score a penalty just by seeing how they prepare for it?

The refugees hoping to make a splash at Rio 2016

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The refugees hoping to make a splash at Rio 2016 Creative commons image UN Brasil under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 17 Jun 2016
This year's Olympics includes a team of Refugees for the first time. Hear some of the athlete's stories - and find out why their participation is...

Under Pressure again: Can the England team bring football home?

Under Pressure again: Can the England team bring football home? Creative commons image Ben Sutherland under CC-BY-2.0 licence under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 13 Jun 2016
Can the young England team with the likes of Vardy, Kane and Dele Alli lay the ghosts of the past 50 years to rest by triumphing at UEFA Euro...

OpenLearn Live: 9th June 2016

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OpenLearn Live: 9th June 2016 Copyright free image Copyright free: Rw
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 09 Jun 2016
One of the fathers of modern surfing remembered - and how dolphins are like The Chuckle Brothers. Then more free learning across the day.

Remembering Ali: How do The Philippines remember The Thrilla In Manila?

Remembering Ali: How do The Philippines remember The Thrilla In Manila? Creative commons image Dutch National Archive under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 07 Jun 2016
The Thrilla in Manila - a bout between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier - was one of the legendary sporting events of the 20th Century. How does the...

Euro 2016

Euro 2016 Creative commons image Football.ua [CC BY-SA 3.0, CC BY-SA 3.0 or GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 30 mins Updated 06 Jun 2016
The UEFA European Championship starts on Friday 10th June - get fanatical about football with our range of free articles, games and free courses on...

The art of performing under pressure

The art of performing under pressure Copyrighted image Copyright: David Rogers/Getty Images
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 06 Jun 2016
Penalty shoot-outs, 12-foot putts and second-serves are all high pressure moments in football, golf and tennis respectively. How would...

What made Muhammad Ali "The Greatest"? Includes explicit content

What made Muhammad Ali Creative commons image Dutch National Archive under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 06 Jun 2016
Muhammad Ali died on Friday June 3rd, 2016. Ellis Cashmore remembers a legend on both sides of the ropes.

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