Scientific Conditioning Centre
The Scientific Conditioning Centre works closely with other sports science and medical support centres (psychology, nutrition, medicine, sports information and biomechanics) within the Elite Training Science & Technology Division to assess athletes, verify talent, and develop and implement science-based strength and conditioning programmes to optimise athletes’ performance by improving their cardiovascular system, power, strength, speed, agility, and mobility, which supports them to perform to their fullest potential in their sport.
This is based on the use of scientific tests that measure blood chemistry, cardiovascular function, muscle function and other functional capacities using the latest technology. Such tests are conducted by exercise physiologists within the Scientific Assessment Unit which can be undertaken both in the laboratory and in the field. Data collected is used to design and monitor training and to bridge the gap between theory and the use of applied and practical training which is sports specific.
The use of effective periodisation, prescription of training load and intensity, exercise selection and adequate rest maximises the desired physical outcomes. Strength and Conditioning Coaches work closely with Sports Specific Coaches, science colleagues and athletes to develop effective personalised conditioning programmes and coach exercise technique. Programmes are designed for both elite and junior Scholarship Athletes based on the specific requirements of the sport and the needs of the individual athlete whether they are at the highest level or on their development journey.
In addition to physiological testing, monitoring and strength and conditioning services, the Scientific Conditioning Centre uses its Talent Identification Programmes in partnership with National Sports Associations to verify potential talent, monitor progress and assist in the long-term athlete development pathway.