Sports scientists must be able to monitor their athletes on a daily basis. Athlete load can be monitored internally (how the athlete feels) and externally (the work the athlete does during training) which can then be used as a marker of the athlete's adaptation to their training program. This unit will give students exposure to the various methods of athlete monitoring and provide a framework for integrating this information into a single interface. Students will gain an understanding of the theory and application of athlete monitoring including; jump testing, GPS tracking, training load monitoring, match load and markers of adaptation to training load (including maladaptation), recovery, sleep, and travel. Students will develop the ability to critically appraise the various monitoring variables used by sports scientists.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Contextualise and critique the different types of load on an athlete;  
  2. Design a plan which combines a range of monitoring tools and reflect different methods of data collection;  
  3. Interpret results from a range of monitoring tools and implement different statistical methods to determine athlete responses and variations;  
  4. Consolidate results from various tools into a recommendation on subsequent load and recovery for an individual athlete; and  
  5. Translate monitoring results to coaches, athletes and stakeholders via written communication.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Assignment Literature review of a selected load monitoring tool 30%
Case Study Design and implement a performance monitoring plan for two different sport scenarios 35%
Report Based on real training data from a sporting club, students will formulate a written analysis report for a coach and one athlete 35%

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