Sports Science Support Services
The CSS has a world renowned biomechanics department which contains state of the art equipment for use in supporting the training and development of elite performers. Services on offer include, i) 3-dimensional video analysis to provide information about speed of movement and acceleration ii) Ergonomic evaluation of the man-machine interface to ensure correct body positioning and posture to aid injury prevention iii) Force measurement to identify force characteristics of foot contact during running and take-off.
Whether it is fuelling for optimal performance or eating for weight management InVEST can offer a comprehensive nutritional analysis and advice service to ensure that performers are adequately nourished to achieve optimal performance. Experts can provide advice on when to eat, how to re-fuel after exercise and what or when to drink during performance. Our nutritional support service can offer: dietary analysis, individual consultations and group education /advice workshops.
Physiological support can be offered as either laboratory-based or field-based. Aerobic and anaerobic performance and general health parameters can be assessed under laboratory conditions using computerised analysis systems, blood sampling and ergometer based activities. Specific parameters of speed, strength, power and agility can be assessed in a field-based environment using simple, but accurate, equipment with fast turn around of results for high quality feedback to athletes and coaches.
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Mental preparation for training and competition is as equally important as physical conditioning and the School’s world respected sports psychologists can offer a range of individual or group sessions to help athletes address common issues associated with enhancing performance. Services range from team building to problem solving, increasing mental toughness to maintaining concentration, and developing self-confidence to coping with competitive anxiety.
The School utilises an array of specialist software packages that can assess all aspects of performance including tactics, techniques, patterns of play and movement.
The Centre for Performance Analysis produces the International Journal of Performance Analysis of Sport 3 times per year. Further details about the journal can be found here.