Monitoring Performance and Recovery in Athletes

    Unit code: SES6000 | Study level: Postgraduate
    (Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
    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.

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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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