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Athlete Management and Exercise for Health

This course aims to prepare participants to be able to demonstrate a critical awareness of special populations, common medical conditions and deep knowledge of athlete management principles.  Participants will learn the underpinning theories relating to athlete management in terms of needs analysis and factors affecting performance and recovery as well as topics such as travelling with a team, doping and psychology. The practical skills include exercise prescription for a variety of common health conditions and special populations.

Dates and Times

This course runs one day a week for one semester either on a Monday or a Thursday from Monday 19th September 2022 to Monday 16th January 2023.  This course is in a blended format with a combination of lectures, seminars and workshops. Face-to-face and live online hours vary slightly each week but remain within the hours of 9am and 6pm.

Students will get the assessment dates at the start of the module so have plenty of time to prepare


The full cost of this course is £1084

St Mary's University alumni receive a 20% discount.


  • Psychology of performance and rehabilitation 
  • Overtraining, overreaching and periodisation 
  • Post exercise recovery strategies 
  • Monitoring athletes, environmental factors and nutrition 
  • Benchmarking, needs analysis and support service integration  
  • Special populations - the female athlete, young, older and disabled athlete 
  • Exercise for health in common medical conditions  


Students will normally be expected to have achieved a 2:1 or a good 2:2 (or equivalent) in a related discipline, including: sport and exercise science, sports coaching, strength and conditioning, sport science, sports therapy, physical education and physiotherapy.


There are two assessments for this module, both are worth 50% of the overall mark for the module. Both assessments must be passed and cannot be compensated.

  • Assessment 1 – Presentation (15-minute presentation on the management of an athlete)
  • Assessment 2 – Coursework (2 x 1500 word case studies – clinical reasoning of a special population and one common medical condition)


Upon successful assessment, learners will be awarded 20 Master's-level (Level 7) academic credits. Credits may be transferred onto existing masters degrees at St Mary’s University.

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For more information about this course please contact the Short Courses team:
Tel: 020 8240 4321