The Academy supports its athletes, coaches, and programs with scientific and technical testing and monitoring. All test protocols are in line with those used at the higher levels of the sport and are generally conducted where available; in line with testing protocols established by the State Sporting Organisations and the NSW Institute of Sport.
The sports science testing may include physical activities such as:
- Yo-yo Intermittent Recovery
- Vertical Leap / Jump
- 5m, 10m, 20m sprints
- Agility test (5-0-5)
- Sit and Reach test
- Functional movement screening
- Sit / Standing Height
- Medicine Ball Throw test
- Strength test
Some squads may undertake the opportunity to have their training / technique style video recorded for analysis by squad coaches and/or sports science interns. The results from the sports science testing provide valuable feedback for coaches and athletes alike, and often form a good starting point for athletes wishing to take the next step.
Strength and Conditioning
The Academies Strength and Conditioning sessions follow a detailed program featured in the Academy Strength Education Pyramid.
These sessions will take place with a mix of theory and practical components and are led by qualified Academy Strength and Conditioning Partners, primarily as a group/squad and in a professional gym environment, utilising our Academy service providers and partners.
These theory and workshop sessions will include education in;
- Strength terminology
- Training principles
- Functional movement
- Warm up and Cool down
- Safe lifting practices
- Basic Anatomy 101
- Training guidelines for Athletes
What you can expect
- Regular exposure to a Strength and Conditioning program
- 3hrs Theory, plus 5hrs practical education
- Min 12hr Home program eg 1hr per week x 12 week home program
- Undertake Sports Science Testing and Functional Movement Screening relative to the athletes sport, in line with State sporting testing protocols or requirements.
- Participate in, Theory of Strength and Conditioning, including terminology, safe practices, and sport specific elements.
- Participate and remain engaged in some form of home / structured Athlete Monitoring System (AMS), which may include access to personalised Strength and Conditioning programs, load management or other athlete reporting.
- Athletes participate in an ongoing Strength and Conditioning program as apart and in addition to their regular training program.
- Athletes progress through a staged Strength and Conditioning program and gain appropriate knowledge of proper mechanics, the fundamental “why” of a strength and conditioning program, and terminology before progressing to a higher level or gym program.
- Athlete performance data is captured to show progression as well as provide NSWIS/SSO data on the performance of Academy Athletes.
- Identification of future athlete development needs and performance standards within the NSW F.T.E.M development pathway.