PHTY30430 Sports Studies

Academic Year 2023/2024

This module is designed for undergraduate students undertaking the School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sports Science Summer School.

The purpose of this module is to enable students to explore key concepts relating to optimisation of sports performance, sports injury management and organisation of sport events.

The module will enable students to develop an understanding of the scientific factors underpinning human performance, including the latest research findings for applied topics that are known either to improve or impair exercise performance;-from adolescents to the elite athlete. Students will be presented with the most up to date pathological, physiological and biomechanical data regarding the development and management of the most common clinically encountered musculoskeletal injuries. Students will be afforded the opportunity to explore the organisation of mega sports events and sustainability. Students will be guided through the most recent research findings from sports science and exercise medicine via a series of lectures, practical workshops and group activities. The module will provide a context to the relationship between Irish society and sport, looking particularly at how this dynamic evolved alongside the main moments in Irish history.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

At the end of this module students will:

Have an understanding of the scientific factors underpinning optimisation of human performance
Have a deeper insight of the role of psychology to enhance sports performance
Understand the key components of nutrition for athletes
Have considered the impact of technology to enhance human performance
Have an understanding of the key principles of sports injury prevention and rehabilitation
Have a deeper insight into mega sports event organisation and sustainability
Understand the relationship between Irish culture and sport

Indicative Module Content:

Sports events and sustainability
Psychology of sport
Nutrition and sports performance
Science of coaching
Optimising sports performance
Leveraging technology in sport
Sports rehabilitation

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning






Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Online specified Learning Activities/Prescribed Reading
Problem and phenomenon based learning
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Portfolio: Students will complete a learning portfolio, documenting their learning in line with the module learning objectives. Self-reflection on the learning processes undertaken will also be included. Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

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Name Role
Professor Catherine Blake Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor Colin Boreham Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Assoc Professor Conor Buggy Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor Brian Caulfield Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor Clare Corish Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Massimiliano Ditroilo Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Cailbhe Doherty Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Assoc Professor Catherine Doody Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Assoc Professor James Matthews Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor Kate Pumpa Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Joel Rookwood Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Keith Smart Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor Eleni Theodoraki Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Nicol Van Dyk Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.

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