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 (SES6000) 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 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.  


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

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