Module title: Enhancing Athlete Welfare

SCQF level: 09:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: SES09121
Module leader: Tony Westbury
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Sport Exercise and Health Science


2019/0, Trimester 1, Blended,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Blended
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Tony Westbury
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
This module will be taught using a blended approach to learning with face to face presentations and tutorial sessions embedded at the beginning of the trimester. There will be extensive use of expert presenters who have experience of working with athletes as they develop and who will provide valuable insight into current practice, difficulties and policy for the development and welfare of athletes (LO1, 2, 3 +4). You will be asked to return to your coaching role with specifically identified tasks to complete associated with evaluating coaching practice and identifying potential problems within your own coaching environment with respect to the theory presented during the face to face presentations (LO3 and 4). The learning approach is focussed on providing you with background theory and examples of practice and then allowing you to revert to your own environment to consider how these are implemented and what the impact is on athlete development and welfare. There will be a strong focus on reflective learning as well as observation within your own, or other coaching environments so that on completion of the module, you are better equipped to pre-empt and act on developmental and welfare issues which could affect athlete development and welfare.

Formative Assessment:
During the face to face delivery, case studies will be presented and you will be asked to evaluate and present on the issues in small groups, as you perceive them to be. Feedback will then be given on your approach to the evaluation and use of theory which can be used subsequently in the second formative and final summative assessment for this module. By week 6, you will be asked to present a written proposal for a case study of your own which will be discussed with you after submission and the feedback from which will form the basis for your final assessment.

Summative Assessment:
Project: You will have identified a suitable case study (second formative assessment) which you will present and provide a critical evaluation of the key development and welfare issues for the athlete/s. You will identify and evaluate coaching behaviours which you believe could impact on the athlete/s and provide an alternative set of behaviours which you expect to mitigate or improve the environment for the athlete/s. You will also present the basis for your evaluation using theory based evidence, the methods used and the interpretation of your findings, alongside a reflection on how the changes you made to coaching behaviours and/or the coaching environment have improved your own practice.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 10
Face To Face Tutorial 12
Independent Learning Guided independent study 100
Other Work based learning 60
Online Guided independent study 18
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Project - Written 100 1,2,3 & 4 15 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 3000
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

This module will enable you to relate current theory into practice to safeguard and improve athlete development and welfare. The module will provide you with an understanding of athlete needs, stages and transitions and how this can be translated into practice and how you can contribute to the development of safe and effective sporting environments. Consideration of child protection issues, mental health, communication, policy, dual career, political awareness and conflicting demands will be central to this module and you will be encouraged to translate this knowledge and understanding into your own coaching practice. The overarching aim of this module is to provide you with a greater understanding of issues surrounding athlete development that you can use to improve your coaching methodology to become a more effective coach.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to
LO1: Relate to and apply the holistic career model to athletes
LO2: Interpret the influence of important transitional phases on athlete development and welfare (e.g. age, sport type, level, culture and lifestyle)
LO3: Based on best evidence demonstrate an understanding for contemporary issues relating to the safeguarding of athlete welfare (e.g. injury, child protection, mental health, deselection), and their influence on applied practice
LO4: Critically reflect on coach related behaviours which could influence athlete development and welfare

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