Subject Code: SPO100


This core unit in the Sports Management program unit is designed to introduce the multidisciplinary field of sport health studies. It explores key and emerging health issues in contemporary society as they relate to sports and community health. Topics include health and inequality, ethical perspectives on health and health promotion. The unit also includes an introduction to the study of human anatomy in a sport context. Sport and community relevant health topics including eating disorders, obesity, stress, drug and alcohol abuse will also be covered.


This subject aims to introduce a wide range of current health issues and health science concepts with particular relevance to sports management. It also provides an introduction and explanation of anatomical terms and a description of the macroscopic structures of tissues and organs, with a particular emphasis on musculoskeletal anatomy as well as a focus on exercise physiology and sports nutrition.

Teaching and Learning Strategy

Contemporary Health Issues is delivered through a mix of lectures, tutorials and discussion workshops. These also utlise online resources, videos, mass media and scientific research, as well as eminent government and health organisation publications and communications to illustrate key topics.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Recognise basic anatomical, health, disease and exercise physiology concepts and terminology for effective communication in the field of sports management.

  2. Identify the value of involvement in health projects from a sports management perspective for all stakeholders.

  3. Express health and sports management related communications based on study, analysis and summation of relevant, high quality sources including relevant scientific research, review papers and media coverage.

  4. Understand the evolution and trends of health and sports science.

  5. Demonstrate a knowledge of contemporary health issues relating to sports management.

  6. Apply knowledge of contemporary health issues to specific sport or individual athlete needs.


Exams will take place in weeks 12 & 13. Please refer to the official Exam Timetable for further information.

Students are required to prepare for assessments by reading the subject matter in course notes, handouts and readings as well as independently researching a particular key health issue which is presented in a report. Class work and practical application of theory assist in reinforcing the importance of this subject’s topics. Each student is required to participate in class discussions and activities.

NoTypeWeightingLearning Outcomes
1Individual Assignment40.00%1,2,3,4,5
2Final Exam60.00%1,4,5,6