TNN | Posted December 20, 2023 12:42 PM
To address India-centric sports needs and meet a high demand for skilled personnel across sports domains, IIT Madras-NPTEL is launching seven new online courses on Sports Science, a fast-growing field in India. The courses can be taken online free of cost.
These online courses are aimed at bridging the gap between theory and practical applications. The courses are tailored for the Indian and South Asian body structure and cultural aspects. The first batch of these seven courses will commence on February 19, 2023, which is also the last date to apply for the courses on NPTEL website - https://nptel.ac.in/courses
Highlighting the importance of this course, Prof. Andrew Thangaraj, Coordinator, NPTEL, IIT Madras, said, “These NPTEL courses equip learners to understand how to enhance performance, monitor diet and training frequencies, formulate recovery programmes, and offer a holistic approach to Sports Science.”
With a class XII pass as qualification, learners can take this introductory NPTEL course to explore this growing field. The courses are relevant for students pursuing Bachelor’s and Master’s in Sports Sciences, Physiotherapy, and Physical Education, and other related areas. On completion, students can pursue diplomas or PG degrees in these areas. The Center of Excellence in Sports Science and Analytics at IIT Madras has introduced courses in this domain.
Speaking about this course, Prof Mahesh Panchagnula, co-principal investigator, Center of Excellence in Sports Science and Analytics, IIT Madras, said, “These courses are for everyone. For anybody who is an enthusiast, a sports person, or who is interested in topics like strengthening, fitness, conditioning, sports, nutrition, and psychology.”
While the courses are being offered online on the National MOOCs portal of India, SWAYAM (swayam.gov.in), for which enrolment is free, the final exam will be in-person centre-based and proctored, which carries a nominal fee of Rs 1,000 per course.
These courses are targeted toward a broad audience including coaches, athletes, trainers, physiotherapists, and nutritionists, among others. It covers crucial sports topics such as biomechanics, injury prevention, sports psychology, strength training for Indians, and cultural aspects of sports.
The areas covered include exercise physiology, movement science, sports nutrition, injury prevention, training fundamentals, strength conditioning, and sports psychology. Through theory and practical knowledge, participants will gain insights to build a career in sports science.
From exercise physiology fundamentals to practical applications like nutrition strategies and biomechanics techniques, attendees will gain foundational and in-depth knowledge to build a successful sports science career. NPTEL contains the largest online repository in the world of courses in Engineering, basic sciences, and selected humanities and social sciences subjects.
Students can gain a domain certification in Sports Science by completing five core courses and two elective courses. The courses include Strength & Conditioning for the Indian Population; Sports and Performance Nutrition; Fundamentals of Sports Training, Load Management and Recovery; Essentials of Sports Injury Prevention & Rehabilitation; Human Movement Science; Introduction to Exercise Physiology & Sports Performance, and Sports Psychology.