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 athletes 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; jumps testing, GPS, training load, match load and markers of adaptation to training load (including maladaptation). Students will develop the ability to critically appraise the various player load 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 load 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 for an individual athlete; and  
  5. Translate load monitoring results to coaches, athletes and stakeholders via written communication.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Assignment Literature review of a selected load monitoring tool 30%
Report Design and implement a monitoring program on one or more athletes 35%
Case Study Based on several case studies students will formulate a written report on athlete load to a coach 35%

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