Sport Science Services
Strength & Conditioning
Elite athletes strive to perform at their optimum several times throughout the year in order to peak at major events. Our leading strength & conditioning coaches ensure that the athletes remain competitive by identifying and measuring the physiological characteristics involved in particular sports, and by developing effective yearly training programs to improve the likelihood of success at specific events.
As University educated professionals we apply evidence based systems to support the success of Athletes and Coaches
|ATHLETE CENTERED||Decisions made based on individual athletes needs and situations|
|SCIENCE BASED||Scientific evidence and principles applied to real world settings|
|STRUCTURED PLANNING||Use of well organized systems to optimize the effectiveness of training|
|LONG TERM DEVELOPMENT||Training approach is developmentally appropriate and prioritizes long term athletic success|
|KNOWLEDGE SHARING||Bringing awareness to the process through education of the training methods|
Sports Performance Testing
Sport Performance Testing should be an important part in the life of an athlete. Our aim is to develop a set of results indicating where an individual’s strengths and weaknesses lie in relation to the various components of body composition, growth changes and fitness that is important in their sport. We also aim to provide a measure of progress in response to prescribed training programs.
Our testing is specific to each individual sport. Each profile consists of sport-specific protocols in the following areas:
- Athropometric assessment (involving the measurements of height, weight, girths of the chest, waist, hip, thigh, calf, skinfold assessments.)
- Aerobic and anaerobic capacity.
- Muscle strength, endurance and power.
- Speed, Quickness, Agility and Balance.
Construct individual position-specific physiological profiles.This is a valuable tool that can help coaches and sport scientists:
- Assess and monitor the effectiveness of training programs.
- Help identify gains and losses in skill development.
- Aid in talent identification.
Sound nutrition is essential in enabling athletes to perform at their best. With demanding training, travel and competition schedules, it is challenging for athletes to meet their necessary dietary requirements. Dietitians will provide nutritional guidance through computerized dietary analysis, drug and supplement awareness seminars, individual consulting and hands-on nutrition workshops to empower the athletes to make optimal choices that keep them fuelled for personal best performances.
Mental training is a vital component to an emerging athlete’s training program. Armed with valuable mental skills, the athlete is able to demonstrate physical preparedness and attain peak performance at major events. Sport psychologists and mental trainers empower athletes by teaching and implementing essential visualization, stress management and problem-solving techniques.
Keys to a Successful Sport Psychology Consultant- Athlete Relationship (for Coaches)
By David Tod and Mark Anderson (from Shane Murphy, Ed.)
1. Adopt a positive, realistic attitude toward sport psychology: For a consultant to be effective, coaches and athletes must believe these interventions will improve performance. At the same time, the practice and homework given to an athlete must be completed in a manner similar to physical practice. Psychological interventions work as well as you work them.
2. Allow sufficient time for interventions to work: It takes time for effective psychological skills training programming to be implemented and solidified. Suggestions of a minimum of one year of training for elite competitors has been recommended by Orlick and Partington (from Tod and Anderson, 2005). Even for athletes who desire a specific coping tactic (i.e., competitive anxiety), interventions may still take time and, as mentioned above, must be practiced.
3. Acknowledge the influence of coaching: Coaches recognize the influence they have on athletes. Therefore, if a coach holds a negative attitude towards sport psychology or uses derogatory comments, an athlete may be less likely to seek the support of a sport psychology professional. It should be noted that effective sport psychology professionals abide by their code of ethics but hold very little issue towards working in conjunction with the philosophies and goals set out by the coach. In fact, many sport psychology professionals prefer to work alongside coaches from the beginning. Coaches hold a significant amount of relevant information on the athletic performance and potential challenges the athlete has faced.
4. Define the consultant’s role clearly: It is important to clearly note the roles and expectations for the sport psychology professional. Coaches will not appreciate consultants who overstep their boundaries and consultants appreciate fully understanding their role early on in the process. Issues such as confidentiality, availability, and payment should be clearly discussed prior to the service in order for all parties to focus on being accountable to their responsibilities.
Taken from Success in Sport Psych: Effective Sport Psychologists (from The Sport Psych Handbook).