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Sports Scientist

Exercise scientists assist sportspeople to achieve the best possible sporting performance by applying knowledge and techniques from the areas of biomedical science, physiology, biomechanics (the study of human movement), nutrition, psychology and sport assessment.

Duties & Tasks
Exercise scientists may perform the following tasks:
  • conduct assessments specific to an athlete's sport to determine how to improve sporting performance
  • devise treatment and exercise programmes that support athletes' preparation and recovery, and help them return to training or competition
  • conduct research, make observations and interpret data in relation to sporting performances, and communicate findings to officials, athletes, coaches and other support staff
  • design or assist in developing training programmes for sportspeople to improve sporting performance and reduce the risk of injury
  • refer clients to sports medicine physicians and other health professionals such as physiotherapists, dietitians, sports psychologists and podiatrists
  • work as part of the athlete's support team to develop the athlete's performance.
  • Working conditions
    Exercise scientists often attend training sessions and sporting events to monitor sporting performances in addition to working in an office or testing laboratory. They have a high level of contact with the public.
    Personal requirements
    - interested in sport and fitness
  • interested in physical and biomedical sciences
  • good observation and problem-solving skills
  • able to work with accuracy and attention to detail.
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