Performance Science – Why We Can’t Ignore It

Dr. Liam Hennessy discusses how to prepare for the future of sports performance & practice as technology becomes ever more prevalent in sport and exercise. 

Performance science is the discipline where all the sciences, such as physiology, biology, biochemistry, technology, strength and conditioning and coaching are blended together to support any performance-related or sporting activity. The rapidly evolving field of Sports Science continues to change the way athletes and teams train and compete. However, there is a growing gap between the availability of the latest technology and having sufficiently skilled coaches & practitioners to competently apply and use this technology.

The revolutionary new APEX Performance Tracking system from STATSports

Technology in sport is no longer the new kid on the block but the issues with sport-tech are very evident. For example, many sports teams use GPS systems to track the external workload and work-rate of the individual and the team during training, practice and competition. Coaches also use trackers and monitors both in the gym and on the field of play to help guide training intensity. These devices will allow the coach to both monitor their players in ways which were not possible a few years ago. However, here is the problem. This stuff is new, it is current and ever-changing. And along with change comes uncertainty, anxiety and perhaps a reluctance to incorporate tech in the coaches toolkit. This is entirely understandable. As practising coaches and trainers, we all know the patience and perseverance it takes to adapt to a new support staff and team or group of athletes and players. We all know what it’s like to have to commit to getting to know a new tactical approach to match play. We all know that change, no matter how small, can give rise to concerns.

Pioneering The Use of Sports Technology & introducing the Setanta College Professional Masters in Performance Science. 

However, one thing is certain and that is technology will only become more prevalent in not only society and at work but also within sport and exercise. Interestingly, many who are using technology in a sport or exercise setting, be it a GPS system, a new monitoring app or a training method that requires velocity and power monitoring, are doing so in a ‘trial and error’ fashion with their athletes and players. They are indeed brave, and certainly we have all done this. We try a new approach, we observe how our athlete(s) respond and then we sometimes adopt this approach or we modify it or dismiss it. However, it does not have to be like that. We at Setanta College are pioneering how technology can be seamlessly used in the sporting world. We are reducing the trial and error approach so that the coach, be he or she a technical coach, a strength and conditioning coach or a sports scientist or analyst or a non-sport trainer can select appropriate technologies that will benefit all concerned – not only the athlete or player but also the coaching and support staff.

Testing Myontec’s muscle sensing smart shorts at our home in the SportsLab, Thurles.

So what prompted us to develop the Professional Masters in Performance Science programme? In our role as educators and practitioners within the field of sport and physical exercise, we’re training and educating many coaches throughout the world. The one constant request that we get is, can we help them maintain their currency or keep up-to-date with the rapid growth of technology in sport?

Many of them are coaches, they’re trainers, they’re strength conditioning coaches, and also scientists. And they’re being challenged by the breadth and the extent of the development of technology in sport. So we’ve responded by creating this unique programme. It literally is a response to the demand from those that we engage with within the industry to help them become competent interpreters of sports technology and sports science, so that they can apply that in a meaningful and effective way.

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Proud to call upon the expertise of some of the worlds leading sports-tech companies.

Our Advisory Board that advises on the programme, includes the best brains and coaches in sport. In addition, our lecturing staff feature key specialists in coaching, technology, strength and conditioning, sports science, injury prevention, data management and in leadership. By partnering with leading sport and fitness companies we also work with the latest and most up to date technologies. These will certainly be advanced or improved over the coming years and it is essential, that coaches, trainers, scientist and analysts are comfortable with the latest technologies and methods of training, monitoring and managing athletes or players and recreational participants. One of the key aims of the Performance Science programme, is to develop the skills and competencies within performance science to become a leader in the field.

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Come along to our webinar on Saturday, May 26th, where Jason Cowman (S&C Coach of the Grand Slam winning Irish Rugby team) will join me,  Liam Hennessy. We will explain how using the art and science of coaching will not only give you the edge in team sports performance but also in exercise and fitness. Most importantly we will share with you how to prepare for the future of performance science and practice along with introducing our Performance Science Programme. Register Here.

To learn more about this programme Click Here.

By |2018-05-17T10:53:02+00:00May 7th, 2018|Athletic Performance, Sports Technology, Masters|

About the Author:

Dr. Liam Hennessy B.A. MSc PhDFRAMI is an Exercise Physiologist Strength & Conditioning coach and former international athlete who competed in the Pole Vault. Dr. Hennessy has worked in sport for over 25 years with a host of professional athletes and teams as well as being an active contributor to the academic knowledge base through published research and through his founding of Setanta College.

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