A leading North East University has launched its first ever sports science course.
Next year Newcastle University will run the course, which highlights how exercise protects our bodies against diseases and promotes healthy ageing.
Taught by leading academics in the Newcastle University Medical Faculty, professionals say the programme will be the one of the few in the country to have a strong connection between sport and medicine.
Professor Suzanne Cholerton, Pro Vice Chancellor Learning and Teaching at Newcastle University, said: “With the region looking forward to celebrating the millionth runner in the Great North Run it seemed a fitting time to announce our first ever Sports Science programme at Newcastle University.
“The course will be quite distinctive as it combines our long-standing reputation in medical research with the University’s sports traditions. It will help students gain knowledge of current major advances in the scientific understanding of the role of exercise in maintaining human health.
“In addition, the Exercise Biomedicine programme places a strong emphasis on employability, with graduates developing a full range of skills to meet the needs of employers in this growing field.”
The news comes as the North East gears up for this year’s Great North Run.
Dave Newton, Managing Director of Nova International – the organisers of the Great North Run, commented: “The launch of this sports science programme goes hand-in-hand with the huge amount of passion the region has for sporting events.
“Nova International prides itself on encouraging individuals to stay active and take on new challenges as part of a healthier lifestyle; the new course will act as another branch of this aim, and will allow future students to learn about a topic that is very close to our hearts.”
One of the course leaders Professor Michael Trenell, Senior Research Fellow at Newcastle University, said: “The Exercise Biomedicine programme will help students improve their understanding of the relationship between exercise and human health.
“It will also give them an opportunity to develop their research skills by undertaking a project in one of Newcastle University’s top-ranking Research Institutes. Optional modules also allow students to tailor the programme to their interests and career aspirations.”