Workshop 1: ‘What is Sport and How Does it Work?’

Workshop 1: ‘What is Sport and How Does it Work?’


INTRODUCTION


Academic Articles:

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Dr Alison Pollard, ‘What did the first Olympics look like?’ (Classics)

Jonathan Hampshire, ‘Why does practice make perfect?’ (BioMed)

Ivan Paul, ‘How can you harness the autonomic nervous system in competitive sport?’ (BioMed)

Dr Laurence Hunt, ‘Sports psychology: Can the goalkeeper ever make the difference?’ (Psychology)

Snigdha Lal, ‘Dancing Figures: How does the physics of ice-skating work?’ (Physics and Engineering)

John Morris, ‘What does body shape have to do with sport?’ (Biology)

Interview with Stuart White


Critical Thinking Skill Focus: Metacognition

  • Who has thought about thinking?
  • What makes a good question?
  • What makes a good answer?

University Resources:

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What sports can you do at the University of Oxford?

What are ‘Blues’?

What’s all the fuss about The Boat Race?


Challenges:

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Classics Challenge

Why was being either a lanista or a gladiator sometimes seen as a shameful occupation, especially according to the aristocratic writers, when they were also considered celebrities? Create a table and list the reasons why they could be perceived as heroic celebrities, and why it might be considered shameful.

Psychology Challenge

How would you design an experiment to test whether psychological  strategies make a difference to goal keeper performance? Make a poster which explains your experiment.


Forum Discussion: Can animals play sport?

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