SP6036 - Sport Performance Intervention Strategies

What will I learn on this module?

The module will incorporate an interdisciplinary approach to optimise performance. The module is designed to allow students to critically apply the principles of sport science to aid in the improvement of athletic performance. You will study the adaptations and limitations to physical performance, psychological techniques and biomechanical principles of movement. The module will investigate a variety of ‘skills’ as a platform to apply interventions based around the three disciplines of Physiology, Biomechanics and Psychology. The students will work holistically in interdisciplinary groups to analyse performance/technique/behaviour and devise appropriate, evidence-based interventions to optimise performance.

How will I learn on this module?

The taught content will be delivered and provided in a variety of formats, incorporating a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions. You will also be able to access materials on the eLP site. The module will focus on the holistic nature of sport, acknowledging the interdisciplinary requirements of working within groups to optimise performance. Therefore, opportunities to work in smaller groups with discipline specific (Physiology, Psychology and Biomechanics) members of staff who will facilitate context driven discussion and learning will be available. You will also be set independent tasks informed by key literature to complete outside of class time to further develop your understanding of the taught content.

As a core module shared across undergraduate sport programmes, it offers you the opportunity to work with and learn from peers from other disciplines. Some elements of the taught content, and the direction of the assessment task, will be specific to your core discipline to ensure that you develop the most appropriate and relevant skills and knowledge.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Module information, assessment requirements and expectations, and important module announcements will be made through the eLP. The material to support your learning will be uploaded in advance of sessions. You will be provided with content verbally and guided through tasks during timetabled sessions. Practical sessions will aid with the application of theory, with seminars further cementing the knowledge and understanding of both lecture and practical content. A dedicated assessment session will afford you the opportunity to ask assessment related questions in class. The Module Leader is there to support you with any queries that you may have about the module content, and all staff members provide tutorial time outside of class time. Module tutors will provide you with the necessary information on how to arrange a tutorial. You will have the opportunity to receive formative feedback on your development during the module, and you will receive feedback on summative work to help you identify areas of strength and areas for development. There will be the opportunity to discuss your feedback with a member of staff during a tutorial, if required. There are also further academic skills support available from the University Library services where you can gain access to study skills / academic writing and support materials, as well as links to booking both on and off campus study skills sessions.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. Apply and critically analyse the interdisciplinary scientific principles that underpin planning and intervention.
2. Critically examine an athlete’s current performance and apply scientific principles to propose an appropriate intervention to enhance performance

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
3. Using an interdisciplinary approach; plan, design, and critically review specific training programmes, practices and intervention methods in relation to the needs of an athlete for performance improvement.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
4. Demonstrate knowledge and critical awareness of moral, ethical, and legal issues when preparing an athletes specific intervention programme.

How will I be assessed?

Summative Assessment – Applied Group Presentation, with individual viva questions relating to a specific aspect of the interdisciplinary approach (100%: equating to 50% individual mark and 50% group mark – 25 mins with additional staff questions). Students will present an applied critical overview of the selected intervention strategy using an evidence-based, interdisciplinary approach in the context of the chosen sport.
(MLO’s 1, 2, 3, & 4).

Formative Assessment - includes applied practice and critical analysis of athlete performance interventions. You will receive both tutor and peer feedback on the tasks supporting formative assessment.

Summative Feedback
You will receive written or audio feedback on your summative assessment to help you identify areas of strength and areas for development. There will be the opportunity to discuss your feedback with a member of staff during a tutorial.





Module abstract

The Sport Performance Intervention module is designed to allow you to critically apply the principles of sport interventions to aid in optimising athletic performance. You will have the opportunity to develop analytical, enquiry and reflective practice skills through an interdisciplinary approach to developing optimal performance. You will study the adaptations and limitations to physical performance, psychological skills training and biomechanical / technical principles of functional movement. On completion of a successful module, you will be capable of critically analysing current training techniques and be able to plan an evidenced-based interdisciplinary training programme accounting for all facets of performance. Using state-of-the-art facilities students will develop their applied intervention skills with a range of interdisciplinary techniques, working in groups to present their knowledge and understanding.

Course info

UCAS Code CB65

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years Full Time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2024 or September 2025

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