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IB Sports, Exercise and Health Science SL

(2-year course)

Grades: 11–12 (two-year course)

Subject Area/Course Credit: Science, 1 credit each year

Prerequisite: C or above in Coordinated Science II, Honors Biology, Honors Chemistry or AP Physics 1; OR a science teacher recommendation

IB Sports Exercise and Health Science is SL a two-year course designed to prepare students for the IB exam at the end of the second year.

As one of the sciences subjects in the IB Diploma Programme, sports, exercise and health science (SEHS) is primarily concerned with the scientific study of human physiology, biomechanics and psychology. Scientists working in these fields attempt to make sense of human physical and mental health and performance through a variety of approaches and techniques, controlled experimentation, and collaboration with other researchers. DP SEHS enables students to engage constructively with topical scientific issues. Students examine scientific knowledge claims in a real-world context, fostering interest and curiosity. By exploring the subject, they develop understandings, skills and techniques which can be applied across their studies and beyond.

The course is organized under three main themes: exercise physiology and nutrition of the human body; biomechanics; sports psychology and motor learning. These themes are distinct, but also share many overlapping features; studying the similarities and connections between them is a central component of the course. Integral to the student experience of the DP SEHS course is the learning that takes place through scientific inquiry, both in the classroom and in field work or the laboratory. With an emphasis on experimental work, teachers provide students with opportunities to ask questions, design experiments, collect and analyse data, collaborate with peers, and reflect, evaluate and communicate their findings.

A. Exercise physiology and nutrition of the human body 
A.2—Hydration and nutrition 
B. Biomechanics 
B.1—Generating movement in the body
B.2—Forces, motion and movement
C. Sports psychology and motor learning                         
C.1—Individual differences 
C.2—Motor learning 
C.4—Stress and coping 
C.5—Psychological skills 
Experimental programme
Practical work 
Collaborative sciences project 
Scientific investigation