Sports Science and Therapy

What is sports science?

The British Association of Sport and Exercise Science (BASES) defines Sport and Exercise science as, "the application of scientific principles to the promotion, maintenance and enhancement of sport and exercise related behaviours." Sports science courses are generally characterised by a wide breadth of curriculum, but physiology (including metabolism and nutrition), psychology and biomechanics are the core areas.

What is sports therapy?

The Society of Sports Therapists defines Sports Therapy as, "an aspect of healthcare that is specifically concerned with the prevention of injury and the rehabilitation of the patient back to optimum levels of functional, occupational and sports specific fitness, regardless of age and ability. It utilises the principles of sport and exercise sciences incorporating physiological and pathological processes to prepare the participant for training, competition and, where applicable, work."

Sports therapy at London Metropolitan University

London Metropolitan University is the only university in England to boast a teaching staff made up entirely of sports therapy graduates four of which completed their original sports therapy degrees at the University. London Met were also the first institute of higher education to run a sports therapy degree and have continued to be at the forefront of sports therapy ever since. London offers a wealth of opportunity to a sports therapy graduate and the University has a number of high profile links with elite sports clubs and organisations.

Sport at London Met

London Met has had excellent sporting success in recent years, with many BUSA championship-winning performers at varying sports (including tennis, hockey, and basketball). Key features of our current sports success and future focus include:

  • London Racers sports partnership
  • high-level sports scholarship record

Combining the theoretical and practical aspects of sport has enabled the courses to develop and set high standards for our athletes and students.

Information on sports taking place at London Met and how students can get involved can be found on the London Met sport website.


Undergraduate courses in Sports Science and Therapy

Personal Training with Strength and Conditioning (Top-up) - BSc (Hons)

The Personal Training with Strength and Conditioning (Top-Up) course prepares you for a career in strength and conditioning, personal training or applied sports science.

Physical Education and Coaching (Top-up) - BSc (Hons)

The Physical Education and Coaching (Top-Up) BSc is ideal if you're interested in sports science and would like to become a PE teacher or sports coach.

Sport and Exercise Science - BSc (Hons)

Sport and exercise sciences involve the provision of support services to elite athlete, public health and fitness, as well as special populations such as the elderly and hospital patients.

Sport Psychology, Coaching and Physical Education - BSc (Hons)

The Sport Psychology, Coaching and Physical Education BSc will give you access to our sports hall, sports science labs and highly trained staff.

Sports and Dance Therapy - BSc (Hons)

Developed in partnership with the Society of Sports Therapists (SST), this unique course teaches you to assess, treat and rehabilitate athletes and dancers following injury or dysfunction.

Sports Science Extended Degree - BSc (Hons)

Sports science looks into the effect of exercise and sport on the human body. This extended degree will give you practical skills relating to sports science.

Sports Therapy - BSc (Hons)

This was the world's first Sports Therapy degree to be accredited by the Society of Sports Therapists.

Sports Therapy Extended Degree - BSc (Hons)

In this extended degree we'll introduce you to the field of sports science and explore its relation to the areas of physiology, anatomy, psychology and coaching.

Postgraduate courses in Sports Science and Therapy

Sports Therapy - MSc

Our Sports Therapy MSc prepares you for work in a therapy setting and is accredited by The Society of Sports Therapists (SST).

Sports science and therapy staff

Aldo Lena

Aldo Lena is a lecturer on London Met's Sports Therapy BSc.

Christopher Chamberlin

Course leader for Sports Science BSc (Hons) and Senior lecturer in Sports Science

Phone: 020 7133 4687

James Davis

Academic Mentor

Phone: 020 7133 4239

Nick Gardiner

Academic Group Leader for sports science and sports therapy

Phone: 020 7133 4285

Roger Gossett

Senior Lecturer in sports science

Phone: 020 7133 4247

Karl Grainger

Lecturer in sports science

Phone: 020 7133 4283

Ian Gummery

Course leader for Sport Psychology and Coaching BSc, Sports Science and Physical Education BSc and Senior Lecturer in sports science.

Phone: +44 (0)20 7133 4242

Joanna Jenkins (neé Baker)

Course Leader of Sports and Dance Therapy BSc (Hons) and Senior Lecturer in Sports Therapy BSc (Hons).

Kat Paice

Lecturer in sport and exercise physiology (external)

Phone: +44 (0)20 7133 2092

Raffaella Pontonutti

Sports Injury and Fitness Clinical Coordinator, lecturer in sports therapy

Phone: 020 7133 3614

Paul Starrs

Course leader for Sports Therapy BSc (Hons), lecturer in sports science and therapy

Phone: 020 7133 2092

Georgia Whitfield

Course leader of MSc Sports Therapy, lecturer in sports therapy and sports science

Phone: 020 7133 4240