Sports technology is a rapidly growing market with many of the top international sports technology companies having their headquarters in Ireland (Stats Sport, Kitman Labs, Orreco, STAT, Performa Sport). Currently, academic institutes develop sports graduates with skills to use lab-based technology and analyse data in academic settings to meet academic and publication demands. In contrast, professional sports teams employ skilled data scientists, sports scientists and GPS technicians to manage the data they gather and analyse to manage the development of their athletes. Knowledge and experience working with technology and proficiency in practical sports data analysis for information coach selection, injury risk identification and training programme effectiveness is an essential requirement for sports science graduates hoping to gain employment within professional sports or governing body settings.
Portobello Institute's BSc Hons in Performance Analysis is the only honours degree of it's type available. This degree is available to study full-time or as a blended learning option with supported seminars held over the weekend. This blended learning option gives mature students and those working full-time, the opportunity to access this degree qualification that can lead to a career as a sports scientist in the area of performance analysis. This programme is delivered over 3 acdemic years each 6 months in duration. There are between 4 and 5 modules per academic year. Each module commences with a tutorial designed to support students progress through the module with a revision seminar held at the end of the academic year. A tutor is assigned to each student, for each module, with allocated one to one support time available. There is also a full-time programme manager available to offer students support during their learning journey.
Practical Skills Development - Interniship Programme
The principal aim of this course is to educate students, from a wide variety of backgrounds, to their full potential at graduate level. The development of potential is viewed as comprising both subject-specific knowledge, as well as a range of transferable practical skills.
The course is designed for those students considering entering employment in sports technology or professional performance sports science and therefore graduates need to be able to apply their knowledge in a sports setting immediately. Portobello Institute has built excellent links with sports technology companies and performance sport domains to allow all students experience a practical-based placement as part of their course.Those who have availablity, have the opportunity to participate further on the internship programme with sports technology companies and professional sports governing bodies.
Year 1 (Level 6)
Human Anatomy & Biomechanics - 30 credits
Human Physiology & Training Principles - 30 credits
Foundations of Sports Psychology & Coaching - 30 credits
Sports Science Research Methods - 30 credits
Year 2 (Level 7)
Analysis for Team & Individual Sports - 15 credits
Applied Principles of Strength & Conditioning - 15 credits
Biomechanics and Control of Human Movement - 15 credits
Sports & Exercise Physiology - 30 credits
Sports Science Research Methods - 30 credits
Year 3 (Level 8)
Advanced Analysis for Sports Performance - 30 credits
Sports Psychology & the Elite Athlete - 30 credits
Advanced biomechanics - 15 credits
Sports Performance Analysis Dissertation - 30 credits
On completing the course the student will be able to:
Demonstrate an understanding of practical skills relating to work as sports performance analyst.
Critically evaluate the principles and limitations of measurement and assessment strategies in sport, exercise and physical education
Propose appropriate methodologies for a variety of measurements in sport and exercise science and performance.
Facilitate the enhancement of sport performance through effective analysis
Portobello Institute was established in 1981 and is built on the shoulders of some very wonderful and inspirational individuals. The Institute was originally set up by Delia Lyons and has been continuously advanced by her daughter Rebekah Lyons, another forward thinking and hard-working woman.
Delia’s legacy, vision and values continue to be part of everyday life at the college and are constant reminder through Rebekah’s want to constantly seek out new opportunity while ensuring that the ethos and quality first developed by her mother are retained.
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