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Certificate of Higher Education in Social Sciences free course icon

Society, Politics & Law 

Certificate of Higher Education in Social Sciences

This certificate provides a compelling introduction to the social sciences. You'll gain fascinating insights into the everyday lives of people in communities, workplaces and many other social sites as you explore ideas from criminology, economics, geography, politics, psychology and sociology. You'll also discover the ways in which social scientists understand and explain the world and how people, groups and institutions respond to change, exercise power and make decisions.

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Sport and exercise psychology in action free course icon Level

Health, Sports & Psychology 

Sport and exercise psychology in action

This module explores topics associated with sport and exercise psychology and introduces you to their relevance to a range of roles, such as coach, athlete, fitness participant or health professional. You'll learn knowledge and skills that can be applied to situations you're familiar with, can inform your practice, and can help you develop both yourself and those you work with.

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Applying sport and exercise sciences to coaching free course icon Level

Health, Sports & Psychology 

Applying sport and exercise sciences to coaching

This module is for sports coaches, exercise professionals and sports enthusiasts. Develop your scientific knowledge, analysis skills, coach-athlete relationships and reflective practice in sport and exercise settings. By investigating and applying aspects of sports science ? including physiology, movement analysis, and strength and conditioning training methods ? you'll enhance your understanding of human movement and performance. Applying sport and exercise science principles to case studies allows you to develop your reflective practice and become a more effective coach. Some options, built into the module, let you explore areas of interest in greater depth.

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Athletic development: a psychological perspective free course icon Level

Health, Sports & Psychology 

Athletic development: a psychological perspective

In this module, you'll explore some of the most significant psychological factors influencing participants' development in sport. Through critical analysis of relevant research and psychological theory you will consider the developmental influences of factors such as families, coach-athlete relationships, mental health, and transitional experiences on individuals' pathways in sport. It's suitable for you if you have an interest in sport and exercise psychology or are working in the field in a coaching or a related role. Whilst the module is focused predominantly on sports performance, it does also consider some aspects of exercise participation.

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Exploring contemporary issues in sport and exercise free course icon Level

Health, Sports & Psychology 

Exploring contemporary issues in sport and exercise

You'll have access to a module website, which includes:

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Introduction to sport and fitness free course icon Level

Health, Sports & Psychology 

Introduction to sport and fitness

This key introductory module is for you if you have a general or professional interest in sport, recreation and fitness. It will provide you with a sound knowledge of some of the key underpinning concepts within sport and fitness, including: the organisation of sports/fitness provision in the UK; the benefits of physical activity; fitness training principles; nutrition; and a range of contemporary issues. You'll be able to apply your understanding to your own participation in sport or exercise, or to careers in the field ? such as exercise instruction, sports coaching or PE teaching.

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Health, Sports & Psychology 

Sport and exercise pathway

Welcome to the Sport and exercise OpenLearn options for YASS students. 

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Outdoor Therapy: The Benefits of Walking and Talking article icon

Health, Sports & Psychology 

Outdoor Therapy: The Benefits of Walking and Talking

An area that has been of particular interest during COVID-19 is providing traditional talking therapy outdoors. This article explores the pros of connecting with the natural world...

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What happens to our brain as we age and how can we stop the decline? article icon

Health, Sports & Psychology 

What happens to our brain as we age and how can we stop the decline?

How does the brain age and what can be done to decrease the onset of dementia? This article has many handy tips for people with dementia and their carers.

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Education & Development 

Free online Sports / Fitness courses

Discover these free Sports and Fitness courses on OpenLearn.

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Exploring psychological aspects of athletic development free course icon Level

Health, Sports & Psychology 

Exploring psychological aspects of athletic development

In this module you will explore some of the most significant psychological factors influencing the development of participants in sport. Through critical analysis of relevant research and psychological theory, you'll consider the psycho-developmental influences of factors, such as families, coach-athlete interactions and transitional stages, on an individual's pathway in sport. This module is suitable for you if you have an interest in sport and exercise psychology, or are working in this field in a coaching role. While the module is focused predominantly on sports performance, it does also consider some aspects of exercise participation.

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Keep me walking: People living with dementia and outdoor environments article icon

Health, Sports & Psychology 

Keep me walking: People living with dementia and outdoor environments

What works to keep people living with dementia and their carers engaging with the walks and outdoor environments? A new Parks Trust and Open University initiative finds out...

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