applied sports science

Darren Burgess: “Load Management Strategies” (Sports Medicine Australia Webinar)

On June 4th, Darren Burgess (@darrenburgess25) hosted a webinar for Sports Medicine Australia on the topic of load management.  Darren currently leads the high performance program at Port Adelaide F.C. (Australian Football League), where he and his support staff have drawn deserved attention for their contributions to the team’s dramatically improved on-field performances.  Darren’s presentation primarily recounted his experiences and lessons learned during his time at Liverpool F.C. (English Premier League).  Thanks to Darren and Sports Medicine Australia for providing the opportunity to learn from a true leader in sports science and elite athlete performance!  Here are my sketchnotes from the webinar:

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Recovery and Sleep in Elite Athletes (presented by Dr Shona Halson, European College of Sports Science Congress 2012)

My sketchnotes from Dr Shona Halson’s presentation on recovery and sleep in elite athletes, during this year’s European College of Sports Science Congress (Bruges, Belgium).

Halson 2012 - Recovery and Sleep in Elite Athletes

Learnist as a Sports Science Teaching Tool: Initial Thoughts

I’ve just started using Learnist, a highly visual public curation tool that takes a similar approach to pinboards in Pinterest, but encourages its users to develop boards with “learnings” around specific topic areas.  I’ve started off with two boards, “Sports Science in the Real World” and “My productivity toolbox”, which I will continue to update over time:

Sports Science in the Real World | Learnist - Jacquie Tran My productivity toolbox | Learnist - Jacquie Tran

Already, I can see lots of potential for this tool to be useful in a teaching context.  Looking forward to curating content to help provide context to their studies in exercise and sports science, as well as pulling together resources to support my students in developing graduate competencies.

If you’re on Learnist, follow me here: .  Or, if you’d like an invite, leave a comment below 🙂

Periodisation: Complexities of Applying Sport Science

I’ve been privileged to teach across quite a few disciplines at Deakin University, including physiology, biomechanics, and anatomy.  But probably my favourite units to teach are Applied Sport Science 1 and 2.  I particularly enjoy helping students to develop the mindset for solving problems that don’t have one clear or correct answer.  When it comes down to it, that’s where the true challenge lies for any applied scientist – combining evidence-based practice with the capacity to engage and interact with complicated human beings!

My classes this week explored the periodisation concept.  Periodisation is one of my favourite topics to teach because of its inherent complexity, but also because you need to be in touch with the human aspect of athlete and team preparation in order to periodise well.  To kickstart my students into some key considerations for creating an annual plan, I asked:

  • Why is it important to periodise?
  • What are we trying to achieve through a periodised plan?
  • What should be included in a periodised plan?
  • How do you know that your plan is any good?

Based on their answers to these broad questions, I created a mind map to summarise their ideas.

Periodised Plan Considerations

Key considerations for structuring a periodised plan (click to view larger).

Though not comprehensive, the mind map demonstrates some insightful comments provided by my students, setting up a platform for further exploration of the issues that need to be considered when structuring a comprehensive periodised plan.