Our mission is to give VIS athletes a competitive edge using a science-led approach to athlete preparation.
The objective of VIS Sport Science is to assist coaches to improve the performance of VIS athletes through the integration of scientific principles and methods. This involves analysing performance and providing the coach with information to assist in athlete preparation.
Sport Science at the VIS encompasses the following areas:
- Performance Analysis - An objective way of recording performance so that key elements of that performance can be quantified in a valid and consistent manner. It involves statistical and visual assessment of performance, race/game profiling, software analysis for qualitative and quantitative feedback and performance comparison
- Exercise Physiology - Examines the physiological demands of an athlete's performance and how they adapt to training. It involves blood lactate profiling, VO2 Max Test, body composition analysis, hydration and nutrition supplementation, training loads and protocols, heat acclimatisation and haemoglobin mass testing
- Biomechanics - The scientific discipline which studies mechanical parameters of human motion and sports performance. It involves the observation, measurement and analysis of performance using force platforms or telemetry systems, 3D video analysis, speed guns and high speed cameras.
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