Science: The intellectual and practical activity encompassing the systematic study of the structure and behaviour of the physical and natural world through observation and experiment.
Sports Science And Physiology
When we think of science we often think of subjects such as medicine, biology, physics and mathematics. When we consider the individuals who are experts in these fields we straight away think of doctors, biologists, physicists, and mathematicians. However, exercise and sports training are also forms of science. The experts in sports physiology are known as exercise and sports scientists and exercise physiologists. Both Accredited Exercise Scientists (AES’s) and Accredited Exercise Physiologists (AEP’s) are university qualified professionals who are experts in the field of sports and exercise physiology and can assist with improving sports performance, injury prevention, and injury rehabilitation.
Why see an exercise scientist or sports exercise physiologist?
If your sports or exercise training isn’t allowing you to improve the way you want to, a qualified professional is the safest and most effective way to figure out what’s wrong and how to fix it. This is where an AES and/or AEP can be of benefit. They can develop a training program to help improve your fitness, muscular strength/endurance, and reduce your risk of sustaining injury. All Exercise Scientists at Hoys Allied Health are also qualified AEP’s so they are able to assist with injury rehabilitation alongside our qualified physiotherapists!
In the medical field, it’s common to hear that prevention is better than cure. Exercise and sports scientists and physiologists specialise in preventing injuries. Evidence shows that an effective strength and conditioning program can reduce the risk of soft-tissue injury by 69% overuse injury by 50% (Lauresson et. Al 2014). Further evidence shows that specific strengthening and proprioceptive exercises need to be at the forefront of most sporting injuries in order to get you back onto the field quickly and safely.
Sports Science Training Programs
As well as assisting with injury prevention and rehabilitation, AES’s and AEP’s can develop indivualised training programs to help improve sporting performance. Power, strength, endurance, and coordination are the key components of sport that can be improved through strength and conditioning training. Every little advantage helps when you’re competing, no matter what sport you play. AES and AEPs consider the various movement patterns and force production patterns to develop an individual training program to help maximise your performance.
Sports science is a what it suggests: a science. Every little improvement can help with sporting performance. If you want to take your sporting performance to the next level, seek out an exercise scientist or exercise physiologist and reap the rewards!