Sample Sports Personal Statements
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Sports science personal statement
"As a keen sports person I have throughout my life tried to reach and stay at peak physical performance. This has never been easy, however one of the positive consequences of my endeavours is that I have learnt a lot about and gained an interest in trying to understand how the human body works. All of this has dedication, passion and research has naturally led me to consider a career as a sports scientist, a vocation that will allow me to combine my enthusiasm for competitive sporting activity with a financially rewarding career. The areas I would most like to work in after completing my degree would be professional training i.e. Physical Training Instructor or as a consultant in the athletic conditioning sector.
I find sport to be a perfect way to stay fit, keep healthy and socialise at the same time, indeed some of my closest friends are people I met on a training ground. As an individual I have a competitive nature and am constantly challenging myself by setting goals and then working hard to achieve them. Right now I feel that I have the right temperament, discipline and dedication that is required to become a successful graduate.
At college I excelled at sport related activities both in the classroom and out on the field. I was captain of the college football team and also a member of the cricket and swimming teams. Subject wise I studied Physical Education, Biology, and Business Management, all topics which I feel have helped prepare me for a sports science degree. The things I enjoyed most about studying PE was having the opportunity to work on new training equipment and technologies as well as being able to conduct experiments in laboratories and thereby better understanding what I had learnt in theory.
To further gain an insight into the realities of work and to see how well I would cope with the pressures of employment I took a voluntary job as a assistant to a practising physiotherapist. This role at a local sports centre lasted from June until September and was an excellent learning experience for me. It was at this time more than any other that I realised just how incredible the human body is.
I became interested in your university specifically because of all the good reports I’d heard about it. So on a open day I decided to visit your campus and have a look around. During the visit I quickly saw that not only were the academic facilities great but that you had superb sports amenities and training equipment which is ideal for me as it means I can keep training at a professional level whilst studying. It was all of these factors along with the modules on the course curriculum that swayed my decision and made me apply to your university."
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Facilitating elite athletes to push the perceived limitations of the body is a key application for sporting research. In my studies and future career, I also strive to help all of those challenged in society, through the cultural phenomenon of sport. This subject’s application can support any individual to thrive in their environment, an idea lost in the battle between the interests of public health and corporations. Longstanding volunteer work within Oxford Health’s Learning Disability Services has broadened my awareness of the application of both social and pure science concepts. Offering patients Rebound Therapy has allowed me to understand the importance of applied Physiological knowledge, whilst developing my flexibility and interpersonal skills through ‘reasonable adjustments’. Appreciating the professional’s ability to link multiple areas of understanding has enabled me to contextualise ‘A Level’ Biology content and highlighted the importance of having multidisciplinary NHS staff. The fast paced and challenging social environment of the clinic increased my confidence to take initiative and work independently, especially with higher need patients.
Supplementing this, I spent two days shadowing in an MSK Physiotherapy Clinic which awakened me to the predominance of back and joint conditions that are aggravated or caused by a sedentary lifestyle or an unhealthy BMI. Meeting a woman suffering from back pain, due to increased stress on the lumbar spine caused by weak transverse abdominal strength, has demonstrated the importance of mass participation in regular exercise.
These experiences further inspire my research into preventative healthcare strategies. I was struck by the documentary ‘Forks Over Knifes’, which promoted a plant based diet, evidenced by ‘The China Study’ and aligned research papers. Also watching ‘The Weight of the Nation: Children in Crisis’, has driven me to support changing views on diet, combating the commercial motives of many food corporations and address the issues faced by contemporary families. I often research around lesson content to build understanding; for example, by watching, ‘Stop at Nothing: The Lance Armstrong Story’, I saw links within ‘A Level’ PE topics, including how psychology and social pressure can induce a Lombardian Ethic and promote deviant behaviours.
My interest in sport influences many of my pastimes. Alongside successfully gaining a place in a national gifted and talented programme for dance, ‘The Place CAT Satellite Scheme’, I continually improve my performance as part of Propagator Youth Dance Company. During the 2017 scheme, I have applied my knowledge of anatomy and physiology, and related the principals of the Stimulus Response Bond and the Inverted ‘U’ Law of Arousal in classes. Training at an advanced level also gives me an emotional outlet for both my stresses and inspirations, something I wish to continue as part of a balanced lifestyle. Taking part in masterclasses, including those from The Richard Alston Company and BalletBoyz, gives me an insight into the importance of effective coaching and education of elite athletes. Implementing frequent performance analysis shows me its value in supporting athlete training, due to the fine line between winning and losing within elite sport.
Through employment at an independent bike shop, I talk with competing athletes regularly, gaining an appreciation for the multiple aspects that influence a successful sporting career. Working as a vital part of a small team for many years has advanced me in a range of skills, developed by taking wide responsibilities. This job has produced a love for mountain biking, which I do for leisure and charity. My hobbies also stretch to motorcycle riding and singing, things I enjoy independently and within the community.
The combination of my perspectives on research application in this field, along with my skills, shown through experiences, make me a strong candidate for this degree course.
Thought I'd share my personal statement as most for this subjects aren't particularly academic and start with a variation of 'from a young age i have always loved sport'.
This statement and predicted grades PE A, Biology B, Maths A (+AS futher maths B), have gained me offers at:
(awaiting reply) Edinburgh
HOPE IT HELPS <3
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