Sports Science

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Historically the sports medicine team has been involved with day-to-day care of athletes

WHY monitor?

  • Direct Feedback
  • Injury prevention
  • Performance enhancements
  • Rehabilitation baselines

Key facets of Athletic Performance


Aerobic Capacity


Recovery – has replaced the word “rest” – its intentional

Psychological Wellness – they fill out these surveys on a daily basis

What to Monitor

Games and Training – volumes and intensity

Player Strength and conditioning

Fatigue / Recovery

Player Availability ( injury incidence and prevalence)

Types of Loads

External – the physical load they have endured

  • Road cyclist – mean power output for given duration – 400 watts for 30 minutes

Internal – how have they responded physiologically

  • HR, RPE, Blood lactate, cortisol, testosterone, inflammatory biomarkers

External Load Monitoring

Time Motion analysis – GPS and digital video movement analysis

Accelerometer Data – 

  • catapult system – GPS wearable system that monitors elapsed exercise time.

Neuromuscular function

The huge collection of data requires skill to extrapolate and draw conclusions.

Internal Load Monitoring


Heart Rate Response



Adductor Squeeze

Dorsi-flexion lunge

Isometric lunge

San Antonio Methodist is providing the CEUs for the podcast version of Sports Science.