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Exploring sport online: Athletes and efficient hearts

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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? In this free course, Exploring sport online: Athletes and efficient hearts, we will try to provide at least a basic understanding so we can answer these questions and begin to understand why knowing about the heart is important for all sports people. Before that we will take a look at the human body.

Course learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • understand how the body works in a scientific sense, and that a scientific view is necessary for us to study how performance in sport is linked to performance of the body
  • explain the function of the heart briefly and looks at the importance of healthy hearts in sport, by looking at athletes and efficient hearts
  • understand the topics of blood and blood flow
  • understand the role of oxygen and the lungs and how they affect the sporting performance of an athlete, by looking at athletes, oxygen and the lung.

First Published: 10/08/2012

Updated: 18/03/2016

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