Fee: IB Exam Fee

Learning Recommendations: None

General DescriptionThe attainment of excellence in sport is the result of innate ability or skill and the dedicated pursuit of a program of physical and mental training accompanied by appropriate nutrition. Training program design should not be left to chance. Rather, it should be designed thoughtfully and analytically after careful consideration of the physiological, biomechanical and psychological demands of the activity. This is the role of the exercise scientist, who, regardless of the athletic event, should be equipped with the necessary knowledge to be able to perform this task competently. Furthermore, in a world where many millions of people are physically inactive and afflicted by chronic disease and ill health, the exercise scientist should be equally proficient when prescribing exercise for the promotion of health and wellness. Scientific inquiry conducted over many decades has accumulated a vast amount of information across a range of sub-disciplines that contribute to our understanding of health and human performance in relation to sport and exercise. The Diploma Program course in exercise science involves the study of the science that underpins physical performance and provides the opportunity to apply these principles.

ContentThe course incorporates the traditional disciplines of anatomy and physiology, biomechanics, psychology and nutrition, which are studied in the context of sport, exercise and health. Students will cover a range of core and option topics and carry out practical (experimental) investigations in both laboratory and field settings. This will provide an opportunity to acquire the knowledge and understanding necessary to apply scientific principles and critically analyze human performance. Where relevant, the course will address issues of internationalism and ethics by considering sport, exercise and health relative to the individual and in a global context.

Strategies: Students will learn the material by:

  • Actively gathering and analyzing data
  • Participating physically in the theories and strategies learned in the class
  • Reading and studying the text
  • Completing the Group 4 Project from the SEHS perspective

Equipment to be provided by student: Bound Composition Book, Scientific Calculator.