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ib imageIB Sports, Exercise, and Health Science

This full year IB course 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 analyze human performance.  Topics include:


  • The Skeletal System
  • The Muscular System

Exercise Physiology

  • Structure and function of the ventilatory system
  • Structure and Function of the Cardiovascular System

Energy Systems

  • Nutrition
  • Carbohydrates and Fat Metabolism
  • Nutrition and Energy Systems

Movement Analysis

  • Neuromuscular Function
  • Joint and Movement Type
  • Fundamentals of Biomechanics

Skill in Sport

  • The Characteristic and Classification of Skill
  • Information Processing
  • Principles of Skill Learning

Measurement and Evaluation of Human Performance

  • Statistical Analysis
  • Study Design
  • Components of Fitness
  • Principles of Training Program Design

Optimizing Physiological Performance

  • Training
  • Environmental Factors and Physical Performance
  • Non-Nutritional Ergogenic Aids

Psychology of Sports

  • Individual Differences
  • Motivation
  • Mental preparation for sports
  • Psychological Skills Training

Physical Activity and Health

  • Hypokinetic Disease
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Physical Activity and Obesity
  • Physical Activity and Type 2 Diabetes
  • Physical Activity and Bone Health
  • Prescription of Exercise for Health
  • Exercise and psychological Well-Being

Nutrition for Sports, Exercise and Health

  • Digestion and Absorption
  • Water and Electrolyte Balance
  • Energy Balance and Body Composition
  • Nutritional Strategies


*In every topic, we take the opportunity to incorporate Social, Emotional, Learning.  The staff encourages the acquisition of skills needed to develop positive attitudes, healthy relationships, empathy and tolerance, stress management, and goal setting!