Monitoring Performance and Recovery in Athletes

Unit code: SES6000 | Study level: Postgraduate
(One credit point is usually equivalent to one hour of study per week)
Online Self-Paced


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.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Contextualise and critique the different types of monitoring tools available in sport;
  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 and analysis to coaches, athletes and the wider community via various communication methods.

Study as a single unit

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For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Review
Grade: 40%
Literature review of a selected monitoring tool - (scoping of the review week 1 10%; full review week 2 30%)
Assessment type: Case Study
Grade: 30%
Design and implement a performance monitoring plan for two different sport scenarios
Assessment type: Creative Works
Grade: 30%
Infographics for a coach and an athlete based on real training data from a sporting club

Required reading

Selected readings will be made available via the unit VU Collaborate site.

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