Sport science looks at how to finely tune the human body, why this is important, and how to make a living in the sector.
In the modern world sport has become extremely big business. From the multi-billion dollar elite world of professional sport to the equally big one of personal fitness, the impact of sport on the lives of billions cannot be understated.
And as long as there have been sports – a long time – we’ve looked to find ways to improve the performances of, and decrease the risk of injuries to athletes at all levels. Sport science is the formal scientific approach to this.
The study of sports science, a relatively young discipline which only really came to be popular in the last quarter of the 20th century, is an acknowledgement, more than anything, of how seriously sport is taken today.
It is a relatively multidisciplinary subject which calls on things like physiology and biomechanics to measure what is happening in a sportsperson’s body, psychology to analyze the role of the mind in performance, and nutrition to help them fuel their bodies correctly.
But is a sport science degree at university for you? If you’re interested in learning about the human body in action, how to push performance to its very peak and allow sportspeople to fulfil their potential, or just help people stay fit and healthy, then yes.
You’ll have to be scientifically inclined, and a keen interest in sport will obviously be necessary. But be warned: the most popular courses can be quite difficult to get into.
Not every university will offer a sport science course, so you may be required to look beyond the familiar names to find a course that’s right for you.