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The Exercise and Sport Science major is ideal for you if you want a broad base in science coupled with knowledge and skills related to exercise and sport performance.
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With the Exercise and Sport Science major, you’ll study a broad range of subjects relating to sport and exercise like biomechanics, exercise physiology, sport nutrition and sport and exercise psychology. Together, this foundation helps you understand how to enhance sport performance and improve health.
Conduct your own sport performance investigation from finding the topic right through to selecting subjects, collecting data, analysing results, reporting and presenting. Students have done projects such as examining how caffeine affects performance, the connection between hydration and attention, and how things like heat and dietary interventions affect performance.
You will learn theoretical material in lectures, and apply your new-found knowledge in laboratory or practical classes in a range of subjects relating to sport and exercise. You will develop critical thinking, problem-solving and communication skills relevant to this energy-fuelled and constantly progressing field. The main applications are sports performance, and the use of exercise to promote fitness and health.
You can combine exercise and sport science with other sport programmes such as sport management and coaching, exercise prescription and training, or science programmes such as physiology and human nutrition.
“Massey University has an excellent reputation and provides the skills that I wanted to learn…”
After six years as a personal trainer, I wanted to learn more to further my career. I decided to enrol at Massey part-time to do my Bachelor of Science (Exercise and Sport Science) degree. I had never studied at this level before so was very nervous.
The University was very accommodating. I have had to work through studying for each paper through a long-term injury and two surgeries. The lecturers were incredibly supportive and always extremely helpful. Massey University has an excellent reputation and provides the skills that I wanted to learn.
During the degree thus far, I have learnt about organ and joint dissection to truly understand the human body and how it works with relevance to the particular papers to aid students learning, which I have found invaluable as a hands-on learner.
I am also part of the research team while I study to learn valuable skills that assist in helping me work through my degree. As Massey leads the way with multiple studies, it’s amazing to be a part of it!
This collectively will help me to find a job once I complete my studies and qualify as a sport scientist. I have no regrets in selecting to study at Massey and to now be part of an amazing and supportive department.
Massey’s exercise and sports science graduates have an excellent reputation throughout the sporting industry and are sought after in a wide range of areas including sports, fitness and health.
Some examples are:
If you take the Bachelor of Business Studies/Bachelor of Science conjoint programme, you will have excellent potential to develop business opportunities in the sports area.
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