Sports Science

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This course focuses on the human body and how to enhance its performance. A little like fine tuning a Formula 1 race car to improve its speed.

In this case it’s looking at our diet, our physical condition, our fitness, our psyche, our lifestyle and the like.

This knowledge can then be applied to athletic performance: exercise physiology and sport nutrition in improving an athlete’s physical abilities.

Pathway

Students who graduate as an exercise and sport scientist are qualified to work with healthy populations.The career paths followed by graduates are many and varied and depend mostly on the specific interests and aspirations of the individual.

Subject Focus

SPM:

  • Bahasa Melayu
  • English
  • Mathematics OR Additional Mathematics
  • Physic/Chemistry/Biology/Additional Science/Science

University:

  • Applied anatomy and biomechanics
  • Research methods
  • Nutrition for phsyical activity
  • Introduction to the science of sport and exercise
  • The coaching process
  • Lifestyle behaviour change
  • Managing community sport
  • Life span, motor development and impairment
  • Sport, exercise and health pedagogies
  • Applying teaching and coaching
Personality Type

The majority of Sports Science Students not only enjoy watching sports, but have high fitness levels and often enjoy playing sport to a high standard.

Career Info

Possible careers:

  • Sports coach
  • Fitness instructor
  • Teacher
  • Sports officials
  • Gym or leisure centre management
  • Marketing executive

Work Environment:

Broadly defined, the areas of employment entered by recent graduates include the sport industry, fitness industry, health industry, occupational health and safety, public health, rehabilitation, research and technology, education and medical insurance.

Salary

Salaries of sports science graduates depend on their educational background, specialty and experience, along with the geographical location and type of setting in which they work.

Job Demand

A degree in sports science will get you subject-specific skills in areas such as physiology, psychology, nutrition and biomechanics. You will also learn transferable skills including communication, team-working, time management, customer focus and the ability to motivate yourself and others.

Employers that recruit sports scientists include gyms, fitness centers and sports clubs, and schools and hospitals.

In Malaysia:

After clinching the bronze and silver medals at the 2012 Olympics held in London, Malaysia has become more determined to make its mark in the international sports arena.

Although this industry is still in its nascent stages, the government will need more specialists in this field to help develop a globalized sports culture.

Plans of building a university solely for sports education was emphasized by Deputy Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Razali Ibrahim. The university will help the country’s future athletes as well as the development of sports in the country.

To date, the ministry is adopting the sports programmes of foreign universities such as the Korean National Sports University.

Overseas:

Even a cursory glance at the global news and media coverage would suggest that sport and physical activity have a more important position in social life today than ever before.

Despite this attention, many modern public health concerns are associated with an increasingly sedentary lifestyle.

In 1999, the Council of Europe estimated that 3% of world trade concerned recreational and competitive sports, while the European Commission estimated that 2 million sports-related jobs had been created in the region between 1990 and 1999.

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