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Sports, Exercise and Health Science

  • The IB DP course in sports, exercise and health science standard level (SL) involves the study of the science that underpins physical performance.
  • The course incorporates the traditional disciplines of anatomy and physiology, biomechanics, psychology and nutrition. Students cover a range of topics and carry out practical (experimental) investigations in both laboratory and field settings.
  • This provides an opportunity to acquire the knowledge and understanding necessary to apply scientific principles and critically analyse human performance.
  • Where relevant, the course will address issues of international dimensions and ethics by considering sport, exercise and health relative to the individual in a global context
  • Provide stimulating and challenging opportunities for scientific study and creativity within a global context
  • Provide a body of knowledge, methods and techniques that characterize science and technology
  • Enable students to apply and use a body of knowledge, methods and techniques that characterize science and technology
  • Develop an ability to analyse, evaluate and synthesize scientific information
  • Engender an awareness of the need for, and the value of, effective collaboration and communication during scientific activities
  • Develop experimental and investigative scientific skills
  • Develop and apply the students’ information and communication technology skills in the study of science
  • Raise awareness of the moral, ethical, social, economic and environmental implications of using science and technology
  • Develop an appreciation of the possibilities and limitations associated with science and scientists
  • Encourage an understanding of the relationships between scientific disciplines and the overarching nature of the scientific method.

Topic 1: Anatomy
Topic 2: Exercise physiology
Topic 3: Energy systems
Topic 4: Movement analysis
Topic 5: Skill in sport
Topic 6: Measurement and evaluation of human performance

A. Optimizing physiological performance
B. Psychology of sport
C. Physical activity and health
D. Nutrition for sport, exercise and health


    Paper 1
    30 multiple-choice questions on the core syllabus

    Paper 2
    A: Students answer one data-based question and several short-answer questions on the core.
    B: Students answer one of three extended-response question on the core.

    Paper 3
    Several short-answer
    questions (all compulsory)
    in each of the two options

    A mixture of short- and long-term investigations

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