Sports Science Videos for Education – Studying the Truth about Exercise


As the sun sets on the Rio Olympics 2016, viewers from around the world can reflect on the exceptional achievements of the world’s top athletes. We’ve witnessed men and women achieving the most incredible sporting feats in diving, athletics, gymnastics, swimming and much more. We have watched their bodies stretched to the absolute limit. But behind the extraordinary achievements of these athletes is decades of research into the truth about sport and exercise, as well as questions that are yet to be answered. Have we reached the limits of sporting ability, or is there much more to achieve? Why do some of us respond better to exercise than others? An understanding of the science behind sports and exercise is critical for the future of sport. In this article we look at the importance of sports science and find out about the sports science videos that can bring this compelling subject to life. 

Why choose to study sports science?

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Sports science is an ever-popular area of study at university. Students opting for a degree in sports science will learn to understand the biomechanics of sport, psychology and exercise physiology. Nutrition, the links between exercise and health, the psychology of intensive training programmes and coaching are other common modules of study. Once study is completed, there are numerous options for a career in sports science – coaching, management or research for starters. The strong evidence base that sport contributes significantly towards a healthier society is a very positive umbrella to unite all students embarking on a degree that examines the science in sport.

Sports science videos for education

BBC Active Video for Learning has an excellent range of sports science videos designed to enhance and challenge student’s perceptions about their subject. These videos are ideal as teaching resources and will help to ignite excitement and discussion about the science behind sport.

The Truth about Exercise (Horizon) investigates the search for a healthy life. For decades we’ve all been told that exercise is fundamental to a healthier body and a happier mind. But as research into the truth behind exercise continues to evolve, scientists have discovered some new and surprising evidence about the real impact that exercise can have and why we may respond differently.

Make Me Smart examines the link between exercise and IQ and takes a look at different institutes across America who are using diet, regular exercise and training regimes to nurture intelligence in infants.

The video The Truth About Fat is another excellent educational resource for students choosing to study sports science. This video takes a good look at the science behind the worrying increase of obesity levels and asks if the usual advice of eating less and exercising more really does work. This is a compelling angle for sports science students, enabling them to learn about our society’s health and discuss what role exercise could play.

The Whole Body is part of Don’t Die Young – Series 2. In this fascinating episode, Dr Alice examines the effect of exercise on our bodies. Can exercise and physical activity really help us to combat our bodies’ deteriorating fitness as we get older? This episode also looks at how our ancestors would have had the ultimate healthy lifestyles – simply because there was no alternative. Is taking the healthier path harder than ever now that our lifestyles have changed so much?

Ground-breaking developments in sports science

One key reason why sports science remains such an exciting choice is that developments and research are improving all the time, keeping the subject engaging and exciting. As well as the benefits for our bodies, we know more and more about the impact that exercise has on our minds. Recent research tells us that regular aerobic exercise can alter the brain when it comes to protecting memory and boosting thinking skills. For the millions of people affected by dementia across the globe, the science behind sport has never been more important.

Thinking back to the Rio Olympians, sports science is contributing towards the future of world class sporting success as we learn more about the power of athletes’ minds. Using brain imaging techniques, experts are able to understand more about what the brain can achieve at the top levels of sport and how the mind and body can work together. Research shows that athletes are able to anticipate the next moves of their opponents in a way that gives them a guaranteed advantage and helps to ensure their success. From a sports science point of view this helps us to understand the brain’s flexibility and how future athletes can push their goals even further.

By understanding more about the truth behind exercise through sports science videos, we can create a whole new generation of expert sports science coaches that can help future Olympians strive to break world records and stretch our perceptions of what’s possible in the world of sport.

BBC Active Video for Learning offers an outstanding range of high quality educational videos focused on a wide range of topics including science and physiology. These teaching resources will enhance your next class or lecture and are available in DVD format.