Long Term Interdisciplinary Athlete Development and Monitoring Programs

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The status of long term athlete development and monitoring programs (ADMP) in the United States is unsatisfactory. In part, this is due to a lack of coaching staff who possess a basic scientific background and a dearth of properly trained sport scientists. Additionally, it is rare to find sports medicine, sport science and strength and conditioning departments who sufficiently coordinate their efforts to develop athletes via scientifically grounded principles, monitor athletes with objective measures of performance, manage fatigue, reduce injuries and ultimately improve sport performance. As a result, there are few ADMPs in the U.S. at any level of competition. The goal of this symposium is twofold. First, describe the components of an ADMP which has been successfully implemented at the collegiate level. Second, advance the cause of sport science and provide a framework from which other institutions can develop similar programs. This symposium will be presented in four sections; 1) Organization - provide some historical perspective and detail roles for each department, 2) Lab testing - provide information regarding the frequency and type of testing (body composition, force plate measurements, biochemical analysis, etc.), 3) Field testing - detail on field testing procedures, describe how to quantify on field and weight room workloads (session RPE, heart rate workloads and volume loads) and discuss how this should influence the future direction of injury prevention research, 4) Data return and research - this will describe the process utilized to return data to coaching staff and how results are used to publish research.


Greeneville, SC

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