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Sport and Exercise for Brain Health
Explore the benefits of sport and exercise for building good brain health
Preventing poor brain health and dementia is an increasingly important public health issue, and has received more and more attention in global sport and media in recent years.
This two-week course from Brain Health Scotland and collaborators will provide you with novel insight and the latest science around brain health, the known risk factors that can affect it across the course of life, and how to reduce these risks.
Explore the impact of exercise in reducing the risk of disease and boosting brain health
Physical inactivity is a major risk factor for dementia, and it has been shown that exercise itself can help to prevent or manage many risk factors for dementia.
On this course, you’ll explore the link between exercise and brain health with expertise from a former Olympian and professional athlete, physiotherapists, and top researchers and clinicians in the field to understand how physical activity is a key pillar of health and wellbeing globally.
Discover practical strategies used by athletes to maintain brain health
Athletes and professionals in the field of sport have a growing understanding of brain health and its risk factors.
You’ll have the unique opportunity to gain insight on brain health from a former Olympian and professional athlete. Through their experience, you’ll learn about some of the challenges athletes can face, and discover strategies for supporting brain health.
Become an advocate for brain health in your own communities
Although brain health has become more topical, misinformation on the subject is not uncommon, and there is a lack of strong evidence-based resources in place to guide individuals.
With the guidance and support of your expert educators, you’ll expand your knowledge and be empowered to spread awareness and advocate for good brain health.
Learning on this course
On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.
What will you achieve?
By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...
- Describe what brain health is and what the risk factors are for poor brain health
- Discuss benefits of sport, exercise, and physical activity (PA) on brain health, with a focus on specific areas or challenges relevant to athletes and their support networks
- Apply practical strategies for optimising brain health using evidence from sport and exercise
- Advocate for your own brain health, and that of others, seeing sport, exercise and physical activity (PA) as a critical tool
Who is the course for?
This course is designed for current and former athletes and those involved in the field of sport, healthcare professionals, and the general public.
It will also be relevant to the healthcare, medicine, education, psychology, and public health sectors.
Who developed the course?
In collaboration with
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