Fundamentals of Sports Science – Single Subject

 This module introduces the students to the discipline of Sports Science and its role in health, exercise and sporting performance. The module is designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills required to conduct and interpret a range of fitness tests that are appropriate for the general population and the sporting population. The module also focuses on teaching the students basic exercise physiology so that they can understand the scientific principles underpinning programme design and enhanced performance.

On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:

Identify and discuss the components of fitness that are essential for health and for optimal performance in a variety of sports and athletic events.

Conduct a needs analysis and set appropriate training goals for athletes, team sports, or members of the general population.

Explain the scientific principles underpinning training programme design.

Set up, deliver and interpret a range of field based fitness tests for the general population, athletes, and team sports.

Intended for

General population, fitness professionals, coaches, athletes, sports persons.

Minimum Entry Requirements

Mature Student over 23 years of age.


Course Content – Indicative

Introduction to Sports Science, Components of fitness for health and sport, Aerobic endurance, Anaerobic capacity, Local muscular endurance

Strength, Power, Speed, Agility, Flexibility, Principles of training, Principle of periodisation, Needs analysis, goal setting and programme design

Basic exercise physiology, Anthropometric testing / body composition, Field based team testing and interpretation, Fieldbased athlete testing and interpretation.


This is a standalone qualification. However, as a graduate you will be exempt from the above module on the BSc (Hons) in Sports Science with Exercise Physiology delivered on a full-time basis at Athlone Institute of Technology.

Professional Recognition

Career Opportunities

Additional Information

Duration: 12 weeks – Thursday 6.00pm to 9.00pm

Commencing: 6.00pm Thursday 19 September 2013

Enquiries: Caroline Burke, Email:

Course Fee: €350.






Application to

12 weeks Part Time 6 Adult and Continuing Education, AIT