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Interpretation of the Role of a Sports Scientist [Shared]
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Interpretation of the Role of a Sports Scientist
BSc (Hons.) COACHING FOR PERFORMANCE IN FOOTBALL
MOD003594 – Fundamentals of Sport Science in Coaching:
Lecturer: James Baker
May 8, 2017
“Sports science is a discipline that studies
how the healthy human body works during exercise
how sport and physical activity promote health and performance
cellular to whole body perspectives
(University of Western Australia, 2016)
The study of sports science traditionally incorporates areas of:
of the sports
science departments is to apply techniques to
treatment and exercise programs that support an athlete's preparation and recovery, and assist sportspeople to return to training or competition
with psychological issues of motivation and stress
clients to medical and paramedical specialists such as orthopaedic surgeons, rheumatologists and physiotherapists
or assist in designing training programs for sportspeople to improve sporting performance without causing injury, or to strengthen particular areas of the body
experiments, make observations and interpret data in relation to sporting performances, and communicate findings to officials, athletes, coaches and other support staff
(University of Western Australia, 2016)
Across 7 seasons in the English Premier League, Barnes at al.(2014), reports:
High intensity running
sprints increased by
Coaches and Sports Scientists
should be mindful of this
when developing training and conditioning plans…
Changes on Sub Rules
heading in to the US Soccer Girls Academy
players are spending more time on the field
coping with the demands of the game.
Moments to make
in the same half
Where the game is going in
So how does
Trends of the game ie. Pressing
Repeated Sprint Ability
And rule Changes
Physical / Skill Programming
Load Monitoring and Recovery
Musculoskeletal Screening / Pre-Hab
to apply the
Identify what’s important
How do we train to develop these (Theory and Research)
How much time do we allocate with the players to spend on these areas
How to plan and structure the training environment
SPORT SCIENCE DEPARTMENT
Medical / Physio Screening
Strength tests to assess recovery
TRAINING AND COMPETITION LOAD
Different athletes respond differently to training and competition loads
Research is dedicated to finding how they differ and why
Finances and investment into sports Science
Buys better Players for the now
Patience for Effect
Turnover of Coaches and Their Philosophies / Comfort Level with Medicine and Technology
Teams lose coaches gets fired mixed messages to rest of staff
Owners facing relegation make drastic changes to recoup investments.
Preparation suffers from a short term focus
Application of sport science in soccer needs to deal with challenges and changes of landscape.
Coaches are now MANAGERS
Has data taken over scouting of players?
There is an INFORMATION OVERLOAD
Coaches may not be able to make sense of data
Which means they may not be able to apply it effectively
Increases the importance of the Sports Science and Medicine department
More resources are necessary to support each individual player
Has lead to the dilemma of who has the final call, science or the Manager/Coach?
Have players found ways to manipulate the scenarios to affect overall impact of programming?
At the grassroots level, the research into player development and skill acquisition can aid in the structure of training programs for the youngest player to ensure each stage of development has a sound scientific base.
You have to get the right people on the bus with in the correct seat!
At the highest level of the game…
Coaches can’t manage all of the facets of a functioning professional football club.
“Sports Science is the biggest and most important change in my lifetime”.
- Alex Ferguson (2014)