The Musculoskeletal System: The Science of Staying Active into Old Age
Demystify the ageing process and learn how our everyday behaviours are likely to affect our long-term musculoskeletal health.
Who is the course for?
This course is designed for patients, carers and people who lead active lives and would appreciate knowing how their lifestyle is likely to affect their long-term health. It may also inspire you to study or research musculoskeletal ageing. No previous biological experience is needed.
This course will also be ideal for those from a non-biological background who may be interested in studying or researching musculoskeletal ageing at postgraduate level. For more information see our MRes and PhD training pages on our web site.
What topics will you cover?
What is musculoskeletal health?
Identify the components of the musculoskeletal system and explain how they fit together. Find out how ageing affects the musculoskeletal system
learn about common, age-related musculoskeletal disorders
and discuss the impact of such disorders on society and quality of life.
How can exercise benefit the musculoskeletal system?
Explore the impact of physical activity – and inactivity – on bones, muscles and joints. Find out why exercise can be good and bad, not just for cardiovascular health, but also for your musculoskeletal system as you age. Examine, through case studies, why clinical care teams make decisions about physical activity as they do.
How can diet benefit the musculoskeletal system?
Extend your knowledge of the role of nutrition in musculoskeletal health, learn which foods provide important nutrients for our muscles and bones, and understand how dietary recommendations for musculoskeletal health change as we age.