date_range Starts on February 25, 2019
event_note End date March 10, 2019
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assignment Level : Introductive
label Sports
chat_bubble_outline Language : English
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Discover what it takes to compete at an international sports event. In this course you’ll learn how athletes and para athletes prepare for a major sporting event.

You’ll learn how sports science, medicine and technology helps athletes prepare for competition.

We’ll explore the importance of sponsorship for athletes and how sport event partners help build legacies.

We’ll also discover the motivations and preparation for a major sporting event of athletes and para athletes from developing countries.

You’ll learn how we can begin to level the playing field for athletes and para athletes from developing countries to promote diversity and inclusion.

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  1. The role of major sport events in contributing to diversity and social inclusion.
  2. The motivations, goals and rewards that drive athletes and para athletes to prepare for major international sport events.
  3. How sports science, medicine and technology as well as sport management are used to prepare athletes and para athletes for major sport events.
  4. How a structured program can help athletes and para athletes from developing countries perform at their best.
  5. How sport event partners plan for and resource initiatives to secure legacies from international sport events.


Clare Minahan
I am the lead academic in the Sports Physiology and Performance group at Griffith University. I work with elite Australian athletes and apply my knowledge to athletes in developing countries.

Alana Thomson
I'm a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Griffith Business School's Department of Tourism, Sport and Hotel Management. I'm interested in the sport and social legacies of large-scale sport events.


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Since its beginning, Griffith has been deeply connected to the Asian region, environmentally aware, open to the community and industry focused. Always ahead of its time, Griffith introduced Australia’s first degrees in a range of important areas, including modern Asian studies and environmental science. It is a recognised leader in online education, and has offered award-winning online programs for nearly 20 years.

Ranking in the top three per cent of universities worldwide, Griffith offers degrees in: business and government; criminology and law; education; engineering and information technology; environment, planning and architecture; medicine; dentistry; paramedicine, nursing, midwifery and allied health; humanities and languages; music; science and aviation; and visual and creative arts.

Griffith students gain the academic knowledge of a world-class university, as well as the skills and confidence that employers desire. Through industry placements and projects for real clients, students put what they learn in the classroom into practice and gain valuable contacts before they graduate.

Griffith is the Official University Partner of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. Through this partnership, students have access to over 250 internships, offering them the opportunity to be closely involved in the build up to and delivery of the biggest event in Australia this decade.




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