From Sport Science to Sport Coaching Bachelor Degrees: Examining the International Context


The International Council for Coaching Excellence recently presented a position statement recognizing the professionalization of sport coaching as a global process. In this sense, tertiary education sector is presumed to be engaged in the education of coaches as well as in the production of an evidence-based knowledge foundation. Considering the scenario, the objective of this study is to investigate the specific characteristics of sport science current curriculum in Higher-Education Institutions. The method used was the content analysis. It was included institutions which presented the curriculum available in English in their official website were considered. Grounded on the inclusion criteria, the sample covered 39 universities in Oceania (n=5), Asia (n=6), Europe (n=8), and Americas (n=20). The curriculum of the high-quality universities were verified to detect which of them have sports disciplines as a curricular component in undergraduate courses in sport science. Additionally, disciplines that contained the term ‘sport’ or ‘sports’ in the title were identified. Taking into account the Summer and Winter Olympic sports, 32 sports are not included in any curriculum. The second category of disciplines was established from disciplines that had the words’ sport or sports in the title. After excluding repeated titles, 386 disciplines were identified. Apparently, the results from this study suggest that current higher-education sport science curriculum might be reconfigured to comply with the Sport Coaching Bachelor Degrees standards of the International Council for Coaching Excellence.


Ana Santos
Researcher/Teacher, School of Physical Education and Sport, University of São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil


Presentation Type

Paper Presentation in a Themed Session


2023 Special Focus—The Impact of Professional Sport on Community


Curriculum Studies, Professional Development, Olympic Sports

Digital Media


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