Humans are constantly pushing boundaries. Year after year, powered by innovations in sports science, elite athletes are winning medals, lifting trophies, and breaking records once thought impossible. The team behind the team is actively reinventing the way an athlete moves, recovers, consumes and thinks. Dependent upon the sport, athletes must apply high levels of endurance, speed, strength, power, agility, and flexibility, as well as maintain optimum body composition, to cope with the physical demands of their game and to continue demonstration of individual skill without premature fatigue; this renders a carefully planned, effective physical training program an absolute necessity.
The application of advanced training principles coupled with technological, nutritional, and medical innovations, has resulted in the creation of Performance Departments, whose role it is to ensure all components of performance are optimized. It is vital that these departments are staffed by practitioners who have an understanding of the effectiveness of modern training methods, recovery modalities, nutritional aspects, athlete profiling and analysis, awareness of life demands, and the importance of psychology. ‘
The Masters in Applied Sports Performance program will lead students into a sound working knowledge of the factors affecting contemporary sports performance, how these factors interact with and influence each other, and assist in the development of their understanding of the modalities used to enhance physical outputs in the modern sporting arena. Students will learn these through six key performance principles. This program aims to educate fitness professionals on applied techniques and methods that directly affect results on the pitch, field, track, course, or court by elevating the level at which their athletes perform both physically and mentally.
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MODULE 1 – ATHLETE PROFILING & ANALYSIS:
The profiling of athletes and regular assessment of the various systems which support their performance are crucial components of the physical development process. A systematic approach to performance analysis ensures that all aspects of preparation become highly specific to the needs of the individual athlete, increasing the effectiveness of training, and ensuring the efficiency of the process as a whole.
During this module students will learn:
MODULE 2 – ON-FIELD TRAINING:
A variety of sports incorporate different levels of endurance, sprint, and multidirectional components in their physical demands. The ability of the athlete to produce high levels of speed, agility, and work capacity are valuable physical attributes that can often determine sporting success, and which can be modified through training. Exercise methods designed to enhance performance in these fitness qualities require a clear understanding of the purpose, structure, and content of training to prepare the athlete for the actions, movement patterns, and intensities that they will encounter during competition. Module 2 will address field-based training methods, including warm-up, speed, agility & change of direction, endurance, and rehabilitation from injury. During this module students will learn:
MODULE 3: OFF-FIELD TRAINING:
Athletes must be competent in a number of strength related factors in order to cope with the specific physical demands of a sport. These factors may include differing levels of sport-specific endurance, speed, strength, power, agility, and flexibility, as well as optimal body composition. This highlights the need for a carefully planned, effective strength training process, designed to ensure the integrated development of all of these physical abilities. The underlying principle in designing the training program is to achieve the optimal balance between training stress and restoration. The training must stress the body sufficiently to cause adaptation without inducing excessive fatigue and potential overtraining and result in an overall increased level of performance. Module 3 will address gym-based training methods, including activation, injury prevention, strength, power, and core. During this module students will learn:
MODULE 4 – RECOVERY & REGENERATION:
The physical demands of training and competition result in a large amount of physical stress which, if not addressed and managed correctly, can result in athletes becoming excessively fatigued. Incomplete recovery can result in underperformance and injury, therefore effective recovery strategies are required to alleviate fatigue, regain performance levels, promote adaptation, and reduce the risk of injury or burnout. During this module students will learn:
MODULE 5 – NUTRITION FOR PERFORMANCE:
High-quality nutrition underpins the entire physical performance process and supports the athlete in all aspects of training, competition, and recovery. By optimizing nutritional intake, the athlete will ensure that the energy demands of the sport or competition are met. Nutrition is crucial to a positive outcome in the recovery and regeneration process encompassing both competition and training and ensures that the athlete maintains a body composition suitable for the sport. In addition, diet can affect the mood, concentration and mental drive of the athlete therefore is fundamental to physical performance. During this module students will learn:
MODULE 6 – LIFE DEMANDS & PSYCHOLOGY:
The athlete normally spends significantly more time away from the sporting environment than they do engage in training or competition. The choices athletes make in their personal lives can have a major impact on their ability to train optimally, which will have obvious consequences for performance in competition. An understanding of life demands facing an athlete can allow behaviors to be modified in order to minimize the negative effects these demands could potentially have. During this module students will learn:
The course is relevant to those interested and involved in the sport and leisure industry eg. coaches, athletes, strength & conditioning professionals, physiotherapists, P.E. teachers, personal trainers, etc. The course may also be of interest to business leaders and managers in terms of understanding what drives performance, staff motivation, leadership, and team cohesion. The course will examine a broad range of topical issues with the sport and exercise psychology profession through the application of theory and research.
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Bachelor’s Degree or an equivalent recognized academic title in any discipline
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Proficiency in English:
Evidence of Proficiency in English
IELTS 6.0+ , OR
PTE 50+ , OR
TOEFL 550+, OR
Any other proficiency test taken in the last 2 years
English Proficiency Waiver:
The English proficiency test is waived for the following candidates:
Native English Speakers, OR;
Applicants having completed their schooling in English (i.e. High School Diploma or IB), OR;
Applicants having completed their undergraduate degree in English in an English speaking country, OR;
2 years of work experience in a setting in which English is the primary language of work
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