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Sport and Exercise for Brain Health

Brain Health Scotland via FutureLearn


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.

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.


  • Brain Health for All
    • Welcome to the Course
    • All about Brain Health
    • Risk Factors
    • When Brain Health Depletes
    • Wrap Up
  • Brain Health Meets Sport & Exercise
    • Moving forward together
    • Connecting dots
    • Challenges & solutions
    • Actions speak louder than words
    • Wrap up

Taught by

Stephanie Adams, PhD


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