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This course examines how to analyse and apply practical multi-disciplinary sport science knowledge to enhance performance with a few extreme, i.e. non-traditional sports. The course is both practical and theoretical and requires students to use a step-by-step methodical approach to research, collect, analyse, report and ultimately present findings. Students experience first-hand how a sport scientist interacts professionally with athletes and coaches throughout this process.
Learning Outcomes:On the successful completion of this course, students will be able to:1. Critically evaluate contemporary multi-disciplinary sport science research into extreme sports.2. Apply multi-disciplinary sport science theories and methods to an in-depth practical analysis of data collected from extreme sport performances.3. Evaluate scientific, social, and ethical issues in multi-disciplinary sport science.4. Effectively communicate through oral presentation a multidisciplinary performance plan for an extreme sport.
Subject to approval of the Head of School
Texts and Readings:There is no set text-book for this course. Students will be directed to a range of required and recommended readings via the course LEARN site and the UC Library. A sample of selected readings reflecting topics and themes from the course is provided below.Born DP, Lomax I, Romann M. Variation in competition performance, number of races, and age: Long-term athlete development in elite female swimmers. PLoS One. 2020;15(11):e0242442. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0242442.Chidley JB, MacGregor AL, Martin C, Arthur CA, Macdonald JH. Characteristics explaining performance in downhill mountain biking. Int J Sports Physiol Perform. 2015;10(2):183-90. doi:10.1123/ijspp.2014-0135.Coyne JO, Tran TT, Secomb JL, Lundgren LE, Farley OR, Newton RU, Sheppard JM. Maximal Strength Training Improves Surfboard Sprint and Endurance Paddling Performance in Competitive and Recreational Surfers. J Strength Cond Res. 2017;31(1):244-253. doi:10.1519/JSC.0000000000001483.Dowse RA, Secomb JL, Bruton M, Nimphius S. Ankle proprioception, range of motion and drop landing ability differentiates competitive and non-competitive surfers. J Sci Med Sport. 2021;24(6):609-613. doi:10.1016/j.jsams.2020.12.011.Farley OR, Abbiss CR, Sheppard JM. Performance Analysis of Surfing: A Review. J Strength Cond Res. 2017:31(1):260-271. doi:10.1519/JSC.0000000000001442Farley ORL, Secomb JL, Raymond ER, Lundgren LE, Ferrier BK, Abbiss CR, Sheppard JM. Workloads of Competitive Surfing: Work-to-Relief Ratios, Surf-Break Demands, and Updated Analysis. J Strength Cond Res. 2018;32(10):2939-2948. doi:10.1519/JSC.0000000000002659.Hebisz R, Hebisz P, Danek N, Michalik K, Zatoń M. Predicting Changes in Maximal Oxygen Uptake in Response to Polarized Training (Sprint Interval Training, High-Intensity Interval Training, and Endurance Training) in Mountain Bike Cyclists. J Strength Cond Res. 2020; 24. doi:10.1519/JSC.0000000000003619. Laursen P, Buchheit M. (Ed.) (2019) Science and Application of High-Intensity Interval Training. Champaign: Human Kinetics.McGuigan M. (2017) Monitoring training and performance in athletes. Champaign: Human Kinetics.O’Donoghue P, Sampaio J, McGarry T (Ed.) (2013) Routledge Handbook of Sports Performance Analysis. Abingdon: Routledge.Pyne DB, Sharp RL. Physical and energy requirements of competitive swimming events. Int J Sport Nutr Exerc Metab. 2014;24(4):351-9. doi:10.1123/ijsnem.2014-0047.Shaw G, Boyd KT, Burke LM, Koivisto A. Nutrition for swimming. Int J Sport Nutr Exerc Metab. 2014;24(4):360-72. doi:10.1123/ijsnem.2014-0015.Zamparo P, Cortesi M, Gatta G. The energy cost of swimming and its determinants. Eur J Appl Physiol. 2020;120(1):41-66. doi: 10.1007/s00421-019-04270-y.
Domestic fee $2,168.00
International Postgraduate fees
* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.
This course will not be offered if fewer than 9 people apply to enrol.
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