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  1. Case Study: Developing a Mental Skills Training Programme for elite level athletes

    Administering a needs assessment can provide a great deal of information about an athlete?s strengths and weaknesses, providing a basis for future development. MST can broadly be defined as a variety of techniques which are used to develop the psychological determinants which contribute to an athlete performing well (Thelwell, Greenlees, and Weston, 2006).A MST programme can be described as a combination of techniques, which are strategically selected to target the weaknesses of a performer. Gordin and Reardon (1995) suggest programmes are a structured to achieve progress quickly, as contemporary athletes are under high levels of pressure to perform, the ability to detect and remove any potential weaknesses is considerably important.

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  2. Critically Assess the Value of Comparative Policy Analysis in the Context of Sport

    Methodically, the following essay adopts a predominantly qualitative stand-point as it seeks to develop in-depth evaluations of key areas; however, it also draws on certain statistical premise which can be considered a quantitative practice in itself (Bergsgard 2007; Gratton and Veale 2011). Finally, a conclusion is drawn which indicates that the value of comparative policy analysis lies in its ability to take cross-national perspectives and determine what constitutes an effective practice. Broadly, policy can be defined as a collection of principles which are in place to help guide a rational outcome (Blakemore and Warwick-Booth, 2013).

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  3. Appraisal of the Physiological Underpinnings and Testing Requirement for a Semi-Professional Football Player

    The following paragraphs further explore, the nature of the defensive position and specific attributes, considered crucial to performance within it. It should be noted, that there are considerable differences in the nature of the activities which are performed across the different positions on the pitch (Bloomfield et al., 2005). When looking at defenders, it has been shown that they perform the highest amount of jogging, skipping and shuffling movements, as well as undertaking a considerable amount of physical duels (Bloomfield, Polman, and O?Donoghue, 2007; Dellal et al., 2011).

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  4. The Role of Diet as a Modifiable Risk Factor in the Prevention of Osteoporosis

    Introduction The skeletal system is continuously involved in a remodelling process, which involves the formation and resorption of bone (Courtney et al., 1994). This process is made possible by multicellular units, which aid in the production and removal of bone tissue (Francis, 2007). Osteoclast cells carry enzymes that penetrate the bone and erode segments of trabecular matter, whilst osteoblast cell aid in the remineralisation and formation of new bone mass (Frost, 1966). Osteoporosis occurs when regulated bone accretion is compromised and the structural integrity of the bone is reduced (Aaron, 1975).

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"It's about you. If you win, it's you; if you lose, it's you. Black and white. Nowhere to hide."

-Greg Rusedski

If you're a curious, hardworking person who has always been passionate about sport, then you might want to consider studying sport science at university level. You can study it on its own, or in conjunction with another subject like physiology or business studies. Depending upon the degree, you might learn about the psychology of sport, get a chance to work with top-performing athletes, or complete a placement year in industry.

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Due to the specialised focus of the degree, sports science students often stay in the field, taking roles in coaching, consulting, personal training, andnutrition. Those that go further afield may find themselves in business and administrative roles.

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  • Discuss Factors That Control Respiration.

    "In conclusion, respiration is controlled by nerve cells in the medulla. These cells send impulses down the spinal cord and then via the phrenic nerve to the diaphragm and via the intercostals muscles. The reticular formation has an inbuilt rhythmical pattern of activity which maintains the rhythmical activity of these muscles. The rhythm is supplemented by the Hering-Breur reflex. Stretch receptors in the lung tissue send impulses via the vagus nerve to the brain stem. The impulses inhibit inspiration when the lungs are distended, and stimulate inspiration when dilated In addition, pain and nerve pulses from exercising limbs, cause an increase in the rate and depth of breathing, by their action on the reticular formation."

  • Assess and compare the physiological demands of two different team sports. The physiological demands will be measured in terms of Heart rate. The two team sports will be 5 a-side Soccer, and 5 a-side Basketball.

    "Overall both games were found to be relatively physically demanding and therefore recognise findings in all of the case studies and literature reviewed in the introduction. I failed to find any evidence published stating that either sport was physically demanding, and from my heart rate values for either game cannot draw any solid conclusion as to which is the more physically demanding."

  • To what extent is sport like work?

    "Both of the arguments are very strong and put forward proven ideas. However I feel that there is a stronger argument for 'sport is like work'. I feel that the dominant values are taught to us at an early age. Were taught to conform to them and to eventually take them into the workplace. And so the capitalsit society is reproduced."

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