Sport Science Support /

Our highly skilled and experience Sport Science team provide athletes on both the Elite Cymru and Talent Cymru schemes with support covering all scientific disciplines, each focusing on improving the performance of the athlete.

Physiology

Physiological sport science support involves strategies to ensure optimal performance is achieved at designated points throughout the training cycle.

Fitness tests can be conducted either in a sport science laboratory or in the field, according to the needs of the sport.

Training prescription can be performed in collaboration with coaches, along with regular monitoring of the body's response to training programmes and competition.

Monitoring involves subjective feedback from the athlete, in addition to monitoring of variables from blood and urine samples in a sports science laboratory.

Additional interventions are aimed at improving the body's ability to cope with adverse climates, altitude and long haul travel.

Meet our physiologists:-

Psychology

This discipline is interested in considering the mental factors that can affect performance. Our sport psychologists can help improve performance in both training and competition by developing the following:

  • Concentration
  • Motivation
  • Confidence
  • Ability to cope with adversity
  • Emotional control

Skills that are typically taught include:

  • Relaxation
  • Imagery
  • Competition preparation
  • Training and performance review
  • Goal setting
  • Ability to focus
  • Managing self talk

Furthermore, our sport psychologists can help with decision making, career transitions and communication. Our sport psychologists work in a variety of ways to develop the above skills, including workshop based education, individual consultations, working with coaches, and observing training and competition.

Meet our psychologists:-

BiomechanicsStrength and Conditioning

Biomechanics involves the analysis of human movement and technique. In terms of performance enhancement, analysis of your technique in training and competition is crucial as it can help to identify areas of weakness, prevent injury and increase efficiency of sport specific movements.

Strength and Conditioning

Strength and conditioning primarily has two main focuses.

  • Performance Enhancement - by developing muscle strength, strength endurance, power (speed and agility) and sports specific (functional) movements.
  • Injury Prevention - through postural training, stability, core strengthening and movement (sports related) based assessment.

These two factors can be implemented in conjunction with coaches and other sports science and sports medicine staff for a holistic training regime.

Meet our strength and conditioning coaches:-

Nutrition

Our sports nutrionists can advice on what's best to eat and drink to enhance performance. General advice for nutrition in training and competition can be accessed in addition to specific advice on daily nutritional requirements for your individual training and competition needs.

Advice can also be provided on gaining or losing weight as well as making weight in weight category sports.

Meet our nutritionists:-

We recently formed a partnership with 4 sports nutrition partners who became our preferred providers of performance nutrition products to the Sport Wales Institute:

Biocare - Professional Supplement Specialists

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For Goodness Shake

For Goodness Shake

Science in Sport

SIS

Pro Athlete Supplementation Ltd

PAS

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Sport Kitchen

We also promote a recipe per month, as created by our extremely talented performance nutritionists. Follow us on Twitter or subscribe to our blog to make sure you don't miss out.

Performance Analysis

Performance analysis utilises a range of computer software and video technology to assess performance.

Factors such as tactics, technique, movement and work-rate within training or competition can be assessed. This provides coaches with valuable information that enables them to manipulate training and tactics to maximise the chance of success.

Meet our performance analyst Julia Wells.