Subject Details - Stage 1 Sports Science B

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SACE StageSACE Stage 1
SACE Credits10 credits
Curriculum AreaScience
Subject Length1 semester
Contact PersonMs. Felicia Harding
DescriptionSports Science will allow students to investigate the function of nutrition in relation to exercise and how this impacts human physical performance. Students apply learning of training methods and principals, fitness components and nutrition to their daily lives to better understand how athlete’s fuel and prepare their bodies. The evaluation of current research and best practices will be conducted in relation to:
• Fitness components, training methods and principles
• Nutrition
• Biomechanics
And, how these concepts enhance elite athletic performance.
TopicsFitness Components, training methods and principles
The human body utilises aerobic an anaerobic energy production based on the food sources we consume. Athlete's then use health related and skill related fitness components when participating in athletic performance. The body systems that allow for this can be improved through the use of specific training methods and the application of training principles over a period of time.

With diet and nutrition becoming even more important for athletes. It is important people know the roles of specific nutrients and what nutrients athletes need to improve performance. Also with all the media around supplements, energy drinks and sports drinks students will investigate myths and misconceptions of these products. Students will conduct investigations on what products are best for athletes before, during and after training.

Bio mechanics looks at the technique of athletes. Incorrect technique can lead to injury an inadequate performance of athletes. Students will investigate the correct movement of the body during exercise and training. Students will look at the effect of force and how correct technique can lead to improved performance and sustainable performance.
AssessmentThe following assessment types enable students to demonstrate their learning in Stage 1 Scientific Studies (Sports Science):
Assessment Type 1: Investigations Folio
Assessment Type 2: Skills and Applications Tasks.
Students provide evidence of their learning through five assessment pieces, at least one of which involves a collaborative practical experiment.
Students undertake:
• at least one practical investigation for the folio
• at least one SHE investigation for the folio
• at least one skills and applications task (2 tests, data interpretation exercise)
In practical investigations, students develop and select investigable questions and measurable hypotheses, collect data using appropriate methods, display and analyse data, and present conclusions appropriate to the initial question or hypothesis. They learn to critically evaluate the outcomes and consider a range of explanations for their observations.
In a Science as a Human Endeavour (SHE) investigation, students use information from different sources, which may include data they generate themselves. They develop questions for investigation, collect evidence to inform their investigations and learn to think critically and reflectively when relating their evidence to the issue under investigation.
In skills and application tasks, students complete skills based assessment tasks, including in-class timed activities, and data interpretation exercises based on field trips or other extracurricular activities.
Relationship To Further StudyIt is recommended to choose at least one or all subjects from the following to enhance and complement the concepts in this course: Semesters 1 and 2 Biology, Chemistry and Psychology. Physical Education (PE) should also be chosen to further enhance this subject especially if students plan to study Stage 2 PE.
This is an excellent introduction for students who wish to continue to study Scientific Studies in Year 12 and beyond. Tertiary links include human movement, sports science, biology, physical education and anatomy.
PrerequisitesStudents should have an interest in science-related topics that affect their lives, and are expected to have satisfactorily passed Year 10 Science and/or Semester 1 Scientific Studies (Forensic Science) or Semester 1 Biology.