Sports science is often thought to be only available to the elite of the sporting world however this is not the case. The Athlete Performance range uses extensive feedback from our dedicated Athlete’s to provide highly sophisticated human performance products to help reach peak performance!
Sports science is an open door to any athlete or weekend warrior looking for that extra edge in competition or simply wanting to be the fastest on the group ride. There are some common misconceptions around applying sports science to your training but remember the 3 key points below and it’s easy to reap the benefits:
It’s not just for the Pros
One of the most common misconceptions with any type of sports science or performance testing is that you need to be an elite level athlete to elicit any benefits, this is not the case.
It doesn’t matter if you are trying to win the Tour de France or shave a few seconds off a Strava PB there will always be weaknesses or changes that can be made to training or lifestyle which can help to improve performance.
The role of sports science is to identify these weaknesses or changes which can be made. This is done through sport specific testing based on credible evidence; an example of this could be a want to improve cycling performance.
One of the most common lab-based methods to test this is a lactate threshold test (will be explained in more detail in a separate blog) which measure’s the body’s ability to cope with an increasing intensity of exercise.
This test will show the ideal intensity for training which in time will make the body more efficient at that intensity resulting in a performance increase, the same theory applies for FTP training and HR threshold training which anyone can do without the need for a lab.
You can do it anywhere
It is often believed that sport science can only be performed in state of the art labs surrounded by people in white coats, this is not the case.
There is no denying that the results obtained by an experienced sports scientist in a purpose-built facility will be more accurate but that doesn’t mean that good reliable results cannot be acquired at home or in the gym.
We are fortunate to live in a time where fitness and technology are both extremely popular and widely available to use, as a result of this it is easy to access various ways of testing your fitness independently.
One example of this is an exercise bike which is a common staple of many gyms; often these have built in fitness testing protocols which can produce accurate and reliable results.
Keep it simple
Like anything exercise or performance can be monitored to the nth degree or it can be extremely basic, it is the same with sports science testing and data. In terms of simplicity there is no simpler measure than time, which in most sports is the crucial factor. Simply measuring and recording time is often a fantastic measure of improvement or ability.
Sometimes simple can be better as it pinpoints the focus on one variable rather than multiple; on the other hand who doesn’t love a sparkly smart watch which measures every possible variable? Smart watches and smart tech also have their place as they can produce lots of data simultaneously and present it in an easy to digest fashion.
In summary, sports science can be complex but in order to keep it simple filter the irrelevant variable and focus on what influences performance in your sport.