- 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
30 multiple-choice questions on the core syllabus
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.
questions (all compulsory)
in each of the two options
A mixture of short- and long-term investigations